For anyone who grew up in the 1980s, Bella Emberg was a television legend. As part of the team on Russ Abbot’s Madhouse, Bella became instantly recognisable, performing a range of comedy sketches in a variety of roles. Although this was what she was best known for, Bella had worked on many other programmes, including Grange Hill. She appeared in several episodes of Series 3, playing a school cleaner (see picture (thanks to these people)). She continued to work until her death in January 2018.
Grange Hill’s 40th anniversary year got off to a great start when Radio Times announced their 50 Greatest Children’s TV Shows of all time. A panel consisting of 30 luminaries from television, including David Walliams, Floella Benjamin and Russell T. Davis took time to consider what made up the very best children’s television. Each member of the panel chose their five favourite kids TV programmes, leaving Radio Times to compile the results, with Grange Hill coming in 2nd place!
You can read the full run down here (Grange Hill appears on page 5), and as Grange Hill comes second only to the legendary Blue Peter, fans need not be too disappointed with the result! What’s more, it means that Tucker Jenkins gets to appear on the cover of Radio Times!
As the first of our celebrations for Grange Hill’s 40th Anniversary, we are delighted to be able to provide visitors with an exclusive interview with Anna Home, the woman who first commissioned Grange Hill for the BBC, and was Executive Producer for the first 4 series.
You can read our interview with Anna here.
As 2018 arrives, Grange Hill celebrates its 40th Birthday. Here at Grange Hill Gold we have a range of celebratory features planned, and news of some very exciting events coming up. We launch the new year with our exclusive birthday logo (see above). Keep visiting GHG throughout 2018 to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the year long celebrations!
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018.