Series 7 and 8 on DVD!

Exciting news for Grange Hill fans as Series 7 and 8 are now available to pre order on DVD. After the success of last year’s release of series 5 and 6, Eureka Entertainment have followed this up with the release of the next two series. You can order the box set here or by clicking on the image above. The box set is due to released on November 11th 2019.

What’s more, the box set also includes the previously unreleased 1981 Christmas Special, which marked the last appearance of many of the original cast!

Grange Hill Series 7 synopsis – First broadcast on 3rd January 1984 It s a new term & Zammo has a girlfriend (Jackie Wright) who goes to rival school Brookdale. Well-meaning pupil Janet makes it her mission to help Roland, but he finds her constant nagging irritating. A poolside prank during a swimming lesson has fatal consequences. N3 s countryside orienteering course descends into panic as Roland & Mr Baxter get hopelessly lost. Miss Gordon s Art club experiences a flurry of new recruits (including Pogo Patterson) as news spreads about a nude model. The term ends with a School Disco where Mrs McClusky slow dances with Mr McGuffy.

Grange Hill Series 8 synopsis – First broadcast on 18th February 1985 Grange Hill has now merged with Rodney Bennett & Brookdale causing tensions to rise; can Mrs McClusky & new Deputy Head Teacher Mr Bronson keep order? A love triangle develops as Stewpot two-times Claire with Annette; Zammo & Jackie hit a rough patch as Banksie arrives on the scene. French exchange students visit & Roland finds a friend in Fabienne. Entrepreneurial pupil pairing Gonch & Hollo devise a number of ill-fated money-making schemes during the term & Mr Bronson s wig goes missing…

Don’t miss out – order your Series 7 and 8 box set here!

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Behind The Camera

IMG_9840bGrange Hill Gold is delighted to be able to share a collection of exclusive photos that capture some of the key events of 1986/7. Taken by Ricky Simmonds who played Ant Jones, these photos capture moments from filming, backstage at Elstree and the cast trip to the White House during the Just Say No campaign. These amazing photos have been kindly shared with us by Ricky himself. Check out the fully gallery here.

Grandpapa’s Pen!

judy prestonGrange Hill Gold is delighted to finally be able to share our exclusive interview with Abigail Brown, who played original school girl, Judy Preston in series 1 and 2. Abigail talks to us about her time at Grange Hill, discussing violins, school bullies and hamsters amongst a wealth of other things. Check out our exclusive interview with Abigail here.

Many thanks to the amazing Abigail Brown for agreeing to speak to us.

Life After Grange Hill

This month four former Grange Hill stars can be spotted in very high profile roles; from television, to stage, to screen…. and even behind the scenes.

LeeMcEastendersFirst up is Lee Macdonald who played Zammo Maguire until 1987. Having taken a break from acting, Lee usually runs his own locksmiths business, but this week makes a return to television screens with a role in Eastenders. Initially for two episodes, Lee plays bus driver Terry, but hopes this may lead to a longer term role. Filmed at Elstree, Lee found going back to the former Grange Hill studios very nostalgic; even spotting his own photo on the walls! Click here to read an interview with Lee.  Lee can be spotted in Eastenders from Thursday May 31st.

MGayleHPFormer Eastender, Michelle Gayle, moved from playing Fiona in Grange Hill to Walford, before launching her own music career. After a range of roles, Michelle also writes and directs for CBBC. However, her latest role sees her taking on one of the world’s best known characters in London’s biggest plays. Michelle has joined the cast of the stage production ; Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, playing the adult Hermione Granger. Read an interview with Michelle here.

AmmaAsante2019Amma Asante, played Cheryl Webb between 1986-7, and although she began her career in-front of the camera, is now a highly regarded film director and writer. Her previous film Belle was hugely successful and this month she launched her latest film ; ‘Where Hands Touch’ to rave reviews. Read an interview with Amma here.

 

David DoyleFinally, David Doyle played unpopular Richard Marks in series 4. Although David continued to act after leaving Grange Hill, a recent film release has given him a much higher profile. David appears in ‘Rocket Man’ – the Elton John biopic – playing a drunk man in a pub who puts his pint on a young Elton’s piano and eventually causes a huge bar brawl. David wittily says of the film ; “Happy to say I’m in this brilliant film…..it’s the story of a bloke called pub man 1, who wins a plate of sausages, starts a fight in a pub and inspires a young Elton John to become a rock star.” Rocketman is currently on general release.

Spring Preview – Coming Soon!

laurareagans9Keep visiting Grange Hill Gold for even more exclusive features. Coming soon are two brand new interviews with some of Grange Hill’s best known pupils.

We spoke exclusively to Fiona Lee Fraser who played Laura Reagan (s9-11) who tells us all about playing a teacher’s daughter and her favourite Grange Hill memories.

judy prestonOur second interviewee Abigail Brown played Judy Preston, a key member of the original cast of Grange Hill. Abigail talks about her time on Grange Hill and reveals exactly what happened to the school hamster when filming stopped!

These brand new interviews are exclusive to Grange Hill Gold and will be online soon as part of our Spring season. Keep visiting!

Zammo’s Back! 

Exciting news for Lee Macdonald, who played one of Grange Hill’s most iconic characters, Zammo Maguire;  he’s joining the cast of Eastenders! 

Playing the part of a bus driver who takes on Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) in a radio competition, Lee will initially appear in two episodes in the Spring. As well as a return to TV screens, it also marks a return to Elstree; the Eastenders set is just round the corner from the former Grange Hill studios! 

Lee said “I am absolutely chuffed to bits and excited to be joining the cast of Eastenders.”

Lee’s role as Zammo saw Grange Hill tackle its most controversial storyline; that of teenage heroin addiction and the ‘Just Say No’ campaign. 

The full story can be read on the BBC News website here

You can read our exclusive interview with Lee here

Hughesy Helps Out!

4608752116_275x236Original GH cast member, Donald Waugh, who played ‘Hughesy’, has been hard at work using his theatrical skills for another good cause. His new production SOZO opens on Tuesday for four nights.

Donald told us ; “I have created a production called SOZO and the production highlights the plight of survivors of homelessness, addiction, mental health and disability. 55465130_371195570165629_4090731104175128576_nThe production opens on Tuesday March 26th at the Streatham space project a new theatre on South London. The production runs for four nights and l have the task of trying to fill as many seats as possible for each night. I’d love for Grange Hill fans to come along and support our production. SOZO uses real people going through mental health challenges, disability, and addiction and homelessness. The characters collectively go on a journey together and come out the other side feeling empowered and with a renewed vision of how to move forward with their lives.  Any Grange Hill fans are welcome!”

More details available here.