Check Your Boobs!

12540581_10207313820496869_5692738589363409611_nPaula Ann Bland played Claire Scott, one of Grange Hill’s most memorable characters, throughout the early 1980s. A keen advocate for Grange Hill Gold, Paula has always been a huge supporter of Grange Hill and its fans.

Unfortunately, Paula recently received the news that she has breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, Paula had part of her breast removed and is now urging women to “check your boobs!”.

Remaining her usual witty and upbeat self, Paula has given an interview to the Express (click here to read) and also made an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine (click here to view) to promoting the importance of checking your breasts for lumps.

To find out how to check your breasts for lumps please visit Lorraine’s link here or the Coppafeel website here.

Grange Hill Gold sends Paula love and best wishes as she continues her fight.

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GH40 – DVD Screening Event.

gh40Grange Hill’s 40th Anniversary was certainly celebrated in style. Two of the biggest events were those organised in aid of The Good Grief Trust and took place in September. Now a special DVD screening evening is looking back at the highlights of those events.

The two events took place at Elstree Studios and Television Centre last year, and reunited Grange Hill cast and crew in aid of the Good Grief Trust charity. Fans were able to meet the cast, see on stage interviews and get photos and autographs at these events. All events were filmed and now after much work, the footage has been put together as a DVD.

The DVD will receive an initial screening at a special event in Central London on Monday March 11th from 6pm. Tickets can be booked here

DVDs will initially be available at the event, before becoming available to order for those unable to attend. Further ordering details will follow.

The event is run in aid of The Good Grief Trust.

 

 

Jamie Lehane (1977-2018)

JackoGrange Hill Gold is sad to report that Jamie Lehane, who played Jacko Morgan between 1990, and 1996, died in December 2018 following a seizure.

Jamie became one of Grange Hill’s longest serving cast members after joining the cast in 1990 as part of a new intake of first years. Initial story-lines included Jacko’s dog following him to school and dealing with his friend Brian’s leukemia. Eventually Jacko got together with fellow pupil Becky Stevens, and left the series as a sixth former, flying off in a hot air balloon with his girlfriend.

pxEUXIwX_400x400After leaving Grange Hill Jamie made appearances in The Bill, Thief Takers and Keen Eddie. As well as acting work, Jamie worked in the hospitality business, becoming a bar manager for the Soho House Group.

Co-star Ian Steele, who played Jacko’s friend Brian Shaw, and also went to school with Jamie, gave this tribute : “Jamie was a funny, clever and talented actor. Sad to hear he passed away recently. Going to spend the evening thinking about the good times at school, Grange Hill and working at the Anchor Pub years after the show. Happy happy memories.”

“‘Ere Stewpot… Meet You In Lisbon”

img_5333You don’t expect to bump into people you know on holiday….. but you definitely don’t expect to bump into your former Grange Hill co-star.

As our photo shows, this is exactly what happened to former cast members Peter Moran (Pogo Patterson) and Mark Burdis (Stewpot Stewart), when they went on separate holidays to Lisbon in Portugal.

Lets hope that no crazy money making schemes were involved!

Goodbye 2018….

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And so as we wave goodbye to 2018, we also wave goodbye to Grange Hill’s 40th anniversary year….. and what a year its been.

As well as a TV reunion between Trisha Yates and Tucker Jenkins, there has also been 3 reunion events, reuniting cast from all eras of the show. Besides this, there have finally been some more official DVD releases, with Series 5 and 6 released in November. Cast members also said a sad goodbye to George A. Cooper who played Mr Griffiths. Here at Grange Hill Gold we were able to publish a range of brand new interviews with cast including Fleur Taylor (Imelda Davies) and George Armstrong (Alan Hargreaves). We were also fortunate enough to interview many of the cast on stage. It has been a truly celebratory year.

So from Grange Hill Gold……… Happy 40th Birthday Grange Hill . . . . .welcome to 2019.

Remembering Mr Griffiths

IMAG0002George A. Cooper who played Grange Hill care-taker, Mr Griffiths between 1985-1991, died on 16th November, aged 93. 

Having started his career as an architect and an engineer, his acting career began in earnest after the Second World War. He became an integral part of Joan Littlewood’s legendary Theatre Workshop, alongside Harry H Corbett.

George would appear in numerous stage, film and television productions, including Coronation Street, The Avengers, Doctor Who and Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, but his longest lasting role was that of caretaker Mr Griffiths in Grange Hill.

The role of officious, but kind hearted, Mr Griffiths saw George working with a range of younger actors, many of whom reveled in the fact that they were working with someone so experienced.

George Christopher who played Ziggy Greaves said ; “Rest In Peace. George always had a smile on his face and had time to tell us all stories. He could have been in Zulu, but chose to stay with his pregnant wife instead of Africa and Hollywood. Legend. “

Ian Congdon-Lee who played Ted Fisk paid tribute by saying ; “In the whole 6 years of Grange Hill, he was a constant joy. I never saw him angry even though the poor man had to deal with us mental lot. Any time I think of George I have a smile. Thank you for your time, your wisdom and your smile. “

Gwyneth Powell who worked closely with George, in her role as Mrs McCluskey, contacted Grange Hill Gold to share her own memories of working with him.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the death of my very dear friend, George A. Cooper at the age of 93. We had a special working relationship, and remained good friends long after Grange Hill.
He was a brilliant actor and a kind and wonderful man. I shall miss him and the laughs we always enjoyed together.”

For a more detailed obituary please click here.

For Grange Hill fans, George will forever be associated with the role of Mr Griffiths, a role of which he was, quite rightly, fiercely proud.

George A. Cooper 1923-2018.

Alan! Interview Now Online!

alanhargreavesDespite three name changes, alongside Benny and Tucker, Alan Humphries became one of Grange Hill’s key original characters. Played by George Armstrong from the first episode until Series 5, the character joined Todd Carty’s Tucker Jenkins for three series of the spin-off ‘Tucker’s Luck’. Grange Hill Gold was fortunate enough to chat to George about early auditions, on set friendship, favourite moments and much more, in our exclusive interview which you can read here. Check it out – he truly is a TV legend!