Entertainment impresario Michael Grade has taken up the first Lew Grade chair of TV production at the UK's National Film And Television School (NFTS).

Grade will take up the post, created in honour of his late uncle, in the autumn at the school's Beaconsfield site. He will work with students as part of a drama workshop on the selection of programming material.

"This flattering opportunity confirms my status as an elder statesman these days," Grade said. "I'm thrilled to be asked to pass on whatever I have learned and what my late uncle taught me to the whizz kids of tomorrow."

Stephen Bayly, NFTS director, commented: "Michael's wisdom and the breadth and depth of his experience will be a welcome asset for the NFTS. Most of all, we are happy that he wishes to actively engage with the students and impart some of his knowledge directly to them. We look forward to seeing more of him on campus."