Mark Baxter played Duane Orpington between 1980-1984. Duane was the first of a new group of pupils, aimed at replacing the original ‘first years’ of Tucker Jenkins and Trisha Yates, as they moved up the school. Duane tried hard to stay on the right side of his violent father, getting into numerous scrapes alongside Pogo Patterson, and finally bringing down Gripper Stebson. Mark was one of the few constants in an ever-changing cast list for his ‘year-group’ until he himself disappeared from Grange Hill during the 1984 series.
Grange Hill Gold is delighted to be able to publish an exclusive interview with Mark in which he talks about his time at Grange Hill and why he’s sometimes known as ‘the forgotten man’ of Grange Hill. Check out our exclusive interview here and view some of Duane/Mark’s classic moments here.
Fans 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.
Former 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!
Joining 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)