Series 9-12 are seen as some of the most successful years of Grange Hill. Not only did the show cover the huge Just Say No / Zammo drugs storyline, it also saw production move to the BBC’s recently purchased Elstree studios, as well as having even more episodes per series than ever before. The ‘man in charge’ during this time was producer Ronald Smedley. As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, Grange Hill Gold are proud to present our exclusive interview with the ‘real’ headteacher of Grange Hill!
“Looking forward to see my interview on line – you’d better not wait much longer as my 90th birthday comes nearer and nearer and the weather colder and colder!” Ronald told us. You can read our exclusive interview here.
As iconic as any Grange Hill character is the original title sequence itself. The infamous ‘sausage’ has gone down in TV legend. Produced by artist Bob Cosford, the artwork for the title sequence was used on the series for 10 years. Bob’s company EyeDream Pictures have been producing limited edition prints of the artwork for the past few years, but this month has a special offer for Grange Hill fans, to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
Usually retailing at £125, for the month of April prints are reduced to £99. For more details click here.
Bob also told us some news “I will also have a new print of the Grange Hill art available soon created for and signed by Phil Redmond and myself. I’ll being posting it on the https://www.facebook.com/eyedreampicturesgallery/ page soon after the latest offer ends.”
You can read our exclusive interview with Bob here.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grange Hill, the BBC put together a special edition of Celebrity Pointless containing stars of the classic show. The special airs TONIGHT at 6:45pm on BBC 1 and features Todd Carty (Tucker Jenkins), Lee Macdonald (Zammo Maguire), Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott), Michelle Gayle (Fiona Wilson), Stuart Organ (Mr Robson), Alison Bettles (Fay Lucas), Francessca Martinez (Rachel Burns) and Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning).
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our site featuring interviews with many of the stars of Grange Hill, and also our most popular page ‘Where Are They Now?’ which has recently been updated. You can also follow us on Twitter @GrangeHillGold , and keep checking back here for regular updates about the 40th anniversary and many more exclusive features.
As 2018 sees Grange Hill celebrating its 40th anniversary, Kaleidoscope are organising an event to mark the occasion. Kaleidoscope are a Birmingham based organisation specialising in locating previously missing, believed lost, television footage., who also arrange regular events to screen and celebrate television of the past.
The Grange Hill event is hosted by The Centre for the History of Television Culture and Production at the Royal Holloway, University of London, and takes place on 28th April 2018.
So far, confirmed guests attending include Anna Home, original Executive Producer, Mark Baxter (Duane Orpington), Linda Slater (Susi McMahon), Lisa East (Christine Everson), Joanne Boakes (Anita Unsworth), Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McClusky), Lucinda Curtis (Mrs Reagan) and Paul McCarthy (Tommy Watson).
The event will consist of several interview panels, screenings of archive material, autograph opportunities and much more. Tickets are priced at £15 and are available here. Proceeds from the event go towards Linda Slater’s charity The Good Grief Trust.
Not many cast members and characters managed to survive a full set of school years at Grange Hill, but one of the longest serving members of staff was Margaret Simpson. Unseen on screen, many of Grange Hill’s classic moments would not have existed without her; she wrote the scripts! Margaret started writing for Grange Hill during Series 2 and continued until Series 15, writing more episodes of Grange Hill than nearly every other writer. As part of our GH@40 celebrations this year, Grange Hill Gold has been able to speak to Margaret for an exclusive interview. Click here to read Margaret’s recollections about her time writing for Britain’s best loved school!
Keep visiting Grange Hill Gold for more exclusives; coming soon are interviews with Darren Cudjoe (Clark Trent) and producer Ronald Smedley.
We’re always working hard to track down cast cards from Grange Hill and these can sometimes be very difficult to find. Thanks to some very helpful people, we’ve managed to add some more cast cards to our galleries (particularly series 11). You can find our cast card and photo galleries by clicking on the Series Guide link and choosing the photo gallery link to the right. If you have any cast cards that you think we’re missing, then please feel free to send us a scan to add to our galleries!
Michelle Gayle is one of the best known faces from late 1980s Grange Hill. Playing Fiona Wilson, her best remembered storyline is her hip hop performances with Ronnie Birtles as duo ‘Fresh N Fly’. Michelle went on to have a hugely successful recording career as well as starring in Eastenders as Hattie Tavernier for three years. Michelle has continued her career by appearing in musicals such as Beauty and The Beast and is preparing to embark on a UK tour with Dusty Springfield musical ‘The Son Of A Preacher Man’. This week Michelle appeared on ITV’s Loose Women to promote the show, but also found time to chat about Grange Hill and what happy times she had misbehaving! UK residents can watch the full interview here. If you’d like to see Michelle on tour in ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ dates are available here.