Dream Team Reunited Again!

14925329_10207552676003042_681559192632138480_nFans of Grange Hill’s Ziggy and Robbie (aka George Wilson and John Alford) get the chance to meet them at a Grange Hill Reunion in Wellingborough in November. As well as an 80s night theme and a Qand A with George and John, there will be photo and autograph opportunities. Tickets are available here with full details on the flier below. Anyone who attended a similar event in Great Yarmouth in 2016, knows just what an entertaining partnership George and John are; guaranteeing a great night. See George Wilson talking about the event here.

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Amma Asante MBE

amaFormer Grange Hill star, Amma Asante has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for services to film, as part of the Birthday Honours 2017. Amma, who played Cheryl Webb for two series in 1986-7, received the MBE.

Since leaving Grange Hill, Amma has gone on to become one of the UK’s most successful directors, with her film credits including Belle, and her latest A United Kingdom.

Amma Asante was also the subject of an edition of The South Bank Show, broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday July 19th 2017, in which she discussed her career to date, from Grange Hill to MBE!

Duane Speaks Out!

BmqBMBCCcAAquVRJoining Grange Hill in Series 3 as a new first year lead, Mark Baxter played Duane Orpington for four series until he suddenly disappeared off screen. A prolific child actor, becoming the new ‘Tucker Jenkins In Training’ was one of Mark’s highest profile roles.

Grange Hill Gold are delighted to announce that Mark has completed an exclusive interview for us. Find out the real stories behind Mark’s time playing Duane, including his disappointment at not being able to finish Duane’s Grange Hill journey properly and much, much more. This exclusive interview goes on-line next week.

Click Here to see some of Duane Orpington’s greatest moments. (Video courtesy of BBC / Grange Hill Events)

“A Totally Unique Thing”

oppl1wtsLast month we were fortunate enough to be able to interview Ricky Simmonds who played the legendary Ant Jones between 1986-7. The character’s constant clashes with Mr Bronson and his romance with Georgina kept viewers glued to Grange Hill. In our exclusive, feature length interview, Ricky reveals which part he originally auditioned for, which co-star he was best-man for, his thoughts on the Just Say No record and the truth behind his infamous hairstyle! He also talks about how he moved from acting into music, and how he even tempted Mr Bronson to make a record with him!

This is Ricky’s first interview about Grange Hill for many years, and we were delighted to be able to finally secure an interview with him. Huge thanks to Ricky for taking time to talk to us, and for being reminiscing with us about his great times at Grange Hill.

Read our brand new interview here.

F-ANT-astic

ricky simmondsAs part of our new content for 2017, Grange Hill Gold visitors can look forward to a brand new and exclusive interview with Ricky Simmonds who played Ant Jones between 1986-1987. Ricky talks about his Grange Hill memories, including revealing the part he originally auditioned for, and tells us about his career in the music business. He also talks about his role in the CFF movie Pop Pirates and the legendary Ant Jones hair!

Keep visiting Grange Hill Gold to read this interview as soon as it goes on-line in the next few weeks.

On The Cards

Throughjanetstclairs6out the 1980s, Grange Hill was one of the most popular television programmes  broadcast before 6pm on BBC1. A high number of viewers meant that the cast would receive a lot of fan-mail and so the BBC put together a set of promotional cast cards, that the cast could autograph and then send out in response to any fan-mail. It is thought that this began with Series 4, but became a mainstay of the production from Series 6 onwards. Depending on the popularity of a character, some cast cards were produced in larger numbers, whilst it is thought that some cast did not have a cast card at all!

robbiewrights9Some are easy to find and relatively common, whilst others were produced in smaller batches and are much harder to track down. There is in fact no complete list of which cast cards were actually printed. Here at GrangeHillGold we have spent huge amounts of time trying to locate these cast-cards and include them on our site.

Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to be given scans of lots of missing cards from Series 6 and Series 9 , by the amazing Scott Frankton, which you can find by clicking on the links. As an end of year treat have put them on-line for you to enjoy.

If you have any cast cards you think we might be missing and are happy to scan them for our collection, please do not hesitate to contact us.

James Wynn Interview

James WynnAs promised many years ago, our interview with Graham Wynn aka Mr Graham ‘Sooty’ Sutcliffe finally went on-line earlier this year. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.

Other ‘lost’ interviews we hope to publish soon include Margo Selby (Julie Corrigan), Chris Jury (Mr Knowles) and Anna Holme (The head of Children’s Television who commissioned Grange Hill). Keep your eyes open over the next year as we finally unleash these gems.