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.
Radio Grange Hill is back on the air . . . . . .well almost! Ross Owen is well known for bringing TV and film casts together for his radio show on Black Sky Radio, and now he’s working his magic on Grange Hill. To celebrate 40 years of Grange Hill, Ross is bringing together a huge number of former cast members in a special edition of his show. So far, this looks set to be the biggest celebration of Grange Hill’s 40 years. Check out the poster above for confirmed guests – with more to be announced soon! Listen online at www.therossowenshow.com or www.blackskyradio.com from 8pm UK time.
UPDATE: Unfortunately due to ill health this broadcast was postponed. Ross hopes to be able to reschedule this event for another time in 2018.
We’ve been very busy putting together lots of features to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grange Hill. As well as all the existing content on the site, we have lots more features coming soon including interviews with the show’s most prolific writer, Margaret Simpson, and a detailed guide to life as Grange Hill’s Producer by Ronald Smedley who produced the show between 1986-1989. Keep checking back, or follow us on Twitter @Grangehillgold to hear about the latest content. In the meantime, make sure you check out our interview with Fleur Taylor who played Imelda Davis, which went online last week.
Paula Ann Bland who played Claire Scott from 1981-1985 is always a strong supporter of Grange Hill. Here she talks exclusively to 6 Towns Radio about her time at Grange Hill, hairstyles, singing and kissing Stupot in a cupboard. You can listen to the full interview by clicking on the link above. You can also hear Paula’s version of The Locomotion!