We are very excited to finally be able to preview our exclusive interview with James Wynn who played teacher Mr Graham ‘Sooty’ Sutcliffe, throughout Grange Hill’s early years. Regular visitors will know that we have been promising this for years; ever since we were fortunate enough to interview James way back in 2007!
Recording the interview on a C90 cassette, we had every intention of publishing it…… until the un-labelled cassette disappeared during a house move! Now, years later, we have finally tracked down the tape (and something to play it on)in the Grange Hill Gold vault! Expect the interview to hit your screens very, very soon!
We’ve been busy updating some of our pages and over the next few months hope to publish a range of new pages. In the meantime, please check out our updated Where Are They Now page – ; the most visited on the site.
Also, we’ve added further links to photos for Sunday’s Grange Hill reunion event. There’s also a link to the video of Erkan Mustafa’s tour around the Greyhound Road site. Find them all on our review page for Grange Hill Memories 2.
Alternatively, why not explore our interviews 1 and interviews 2 pages where you can read exclusive interviews with the cast of Grange Hill.
On Sunday 22nd May 2016, Grange Hill Gold was fortunate enough to attend the amazing Grange Hill Memories 2 event, which reunited some of the cast of the show in the actual school where the series was filmed.
Over the next few days we will be adding more photos and commentary about this unique event, but in the meantime check out our exclusive review and photos from the day here.
Congratulations to Scott Frankton and his team for creating such a fantastic day and a once in a lifetime experience for Grange Hill Fans.
Interested in classic Grange Hill? Want to find out more about what went on behind the scenes? Want to meet cast members? Want to explore the school itself? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you need to attend the Grange Hill Memories 2 event on May 22nd 2016!
Following on from 2014’s hugely successful event, the team have gone one better for this year’s reunion event.
Firstly, the event is actually taking place at Grange Hill itself, or to be exact Fulham Preparatory School; the actual school where Grange Hill was filmed between 1981-85. Attendees will be given a guided tour of the site and local area by Erkan “Roland” Mustafa as he remembers what it is like to be back at the school over 30 years later!
Alongside this, the day will consist of a series of on-stage panel interviews, autograph opportunities and photo sessions with the cast members themselves. Confirmed guests so far include; George Armstrong (Alan Humphries s1-5), Alison Bettles (Fay Lucas s5-10), Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McCluskey s4-13), Robert Craig-Morgan (Justin Bennett s1-5), Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott s4-8), Lisa York (Julie Marchant s5-10), Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning s5-10), Lisa East (Christine Everson s4-6), Joann Boakes (Anita Unsworth s3-6), Vincent Matthews (Jeremy Irvine s6-7), Ian Congdon Lee (Ted Fisk s11-15), Karen Lewis (Miss Partridge s8-9), Rene Zagger (Mike Bentley s12-13) and Nicholas Donnelly (Mr Mackenzie s8-16). All tickets include two free autographs from each guest (excluding Paula Ann Bland) and more are available to purchase on the day. There will also be a selection of high quality glossy photos available which you can get signed – or why not just bring your Grange Hill DVDs or Annuals?
Having attended the original event in 2014, Grange Hill Gold can not recommend this event enough. Tickets are priced at £42 (£29 for Under 15s) and can be purchased by visiting the website here.
Read our review of the 2014 event here.
We’re really looking forward to attending this event and hope as many Grange Hill fans as possible are able to attend this fantastic convention.
It is with sadness that Grange Hill Gold has to report the death of Mark Farmer who played Gary Hargreaves in Series 2-4, after a short battle with cancer.
Gary was the popular football team captain, who enjoyed a brief romance with Trisha Yates, his sister Cathy’s best friend.
Having joined Grange Hill when he was 17, Mark went on to play the lead in the BBC drama Johnny Jarvis, before having a recurring role on Minder. A keen musician, Mark was a member of the band Lighthouse and had also played for Bad Manners.
Grange Hill co-stars paying tribute to Mark included :
Paul McCarthy (Tommy Watson) : He was a good Guy. Very sad news. RIP Mark. 2016 has started out very tough. Stay well everyone Xxx
George Armstrong (Alan Humphries) : Just heard an old friend Mark Farmer has passed away, when I started Grange Hill Mark was one of the people who helped me through the first few series. My thoughts and love go out to his family, gone too young
Linda Slater (Susi McMahon) : It was so sad to hear about poor Mark. He was in Grange Hill at the same time I was – he played such a great character. It’s just so awful that he was so young xx
Mark Burdis : (Stewpot Stewart) : Very sad to hear the dreadful news about an old friend, Mark Farmer. Yet another talent lost to this dreadful disease. We must find a cure.
George Wilson (Ziggy Greaves) : Legendary character came to l’pool years ago & couldn’t get him to go home, very very sad news.
Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones) : Minder, Grange Hill…But forever Johnny Jarvis.
RIP Mark Farmer.
Following on from their hugely successful event in 2014, Grange Hill Events have announced a follow up event for May 2016. In a unique twist, ‘Grange Hill Memories 2’ will be held at Grange Hill itself . . . . . or Fulham Preparatory School, better known as the location for Grange Hill between 1981-1985.
The reunion will follow a similar format to the first event, comprising of a mix of on stage interviews with your favourite members of the 70’s-80’s Grange Hill cast, followed by autograph/ photo opportunities and a location tour around the actual filming locations used on the show!
Confirmed guests, so far, include Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning), Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McCluskey), Robert Craig-Morgan (Justin Bennett), Lisa East (Christine Everson) and Mark Savage (Gripper Stebson), with more to be announced over the coming months.
The event takes place on Sunday 22nd May 2016, with tickets priced at £42 (adults) and £29 (children up to 15). Entry includes location tour, interview panels, 2x free autographs from each guest and souvenir brochure!
To find out more details about this fantastic event and book tickets, visit their website here.
To read Grange Hill Gold’s account of the 2014 event visit our page here.
Helen Kelly might have started her time in Grange Hill as one of Imelda’s Terrahawks, but she ended it as a popular, strong-minded individual determined to make her mark as a female in the male dominated world of engineering. Actress Ruth Carraway spoke to Grange Hill Gold from her home in New Zealand, revealing her favourite moments, her thoughts on tattoos and how she looks back fondly on her ‘Grange Hill Years’.
Click HERE to read our exclusive interview with Ruth.