Despite 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!
With Series 5 and 6 of Grange Hill released on DVD on Monday 19th November, some of the best known stars of Grange Hill are on the promotional trail.
Keep a look out for Grange Hill legends Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning), Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott) and show creator Phil Redmond, as they appear on the following shows :
BBC London News – Monday 19th November – 6:30pm
ITV This Morning – Tuesday 20th November
“There seems to be a real resurgence of interest in Grange Hill lately. I’m so excited to see series 5 and 6 finally released on DVD” Paula told us.
Make sure you purchase your copies of series 5 and 6 here.
The Classic Television Organisation, Kaleidoscope, have had a very successful year in 2018 with a wide range of events. To Grange Hill fans the most notable of these was the 40 Years Of Grange Hill event at Royal Holloway University in April. Reuniting many of the early cast of the show with creator Phil Redmond and Executive Producer Anna Home, the event provided a series of interview panels and screenings. Read our review here.
Kaleidoscope continue their Grange Hill celebration with their Christmas Event; ‘The Parkside Christmas Party!’. Alongside screenings of festive episodes of Coronation Street, Rentaghost and The Magic Roundabout, they will also be screening two Grange Hill related programmes.
Firstly, a screening of 1981’s Christmas special of Grange Hill, featuring Tucker & Co, will be introduced by Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McCluskey). This will be followed by ‘Gwyneth Powell in Conversation’ in which Gwyenth will be interviewed on stage about her time at Grange Hill. To end their Grange Hill segment, there will be a screening of Sky TV’s Little Crackers 2011 episode featuring Shappi Khorsandi reminiscing about her love for Tucker Jenkins. The drama features guest appearances from Gwyneth and Todd Carty who played Tucker. The line up provides a real festive treat for Grange Hill fans!
As well as all this, the day promises a selection of panel interviews, classic screenings, punch, cakes and a book launch!
‘The Parkside Christmas Party’ takes place on Saturday 8th December at Birmingham City University (10:00 – 18:00). Tickets and further details are available here.