Radio Grange Hill is back on the air . . . . . .well almost! Ross Owen is well known for bringing TV and film casts together for his radio show on Black Sky Radio, and now he’s working his magic on Grange Hill. To celebrate 40 years of Grange Hill, Ross is bringing together a huge number of former cast members in a special edition of his show. So far, this looks set to be the biggest celebration of Grange Hill’s 40 years. Check out the poster above for confirmed guests – with more to be announced soon! Listen online at www.therossowenshow.com or www.blackskyradio.com from 8pm UK time.
We’ve been very busy putting together lots of features to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grange Hill. As well as all the existing content on the site, we have lots more features coming soon including interviews with the show’s most prolific writer, Margaret Simpson, and a detailed guide to life as Grange Hill’s Producer by Ronald Smedley who produced the show between 1986-1989. Keep checking back, or follow us on Twitter @Grangehillgold to hear about the latest content. In the meantime, make sure you check out our interview with Fleur Taylor who played Imelda Davis, which went online last week.
Paula Ann Bland who played Claire Scott from 1981-1985 is always a strong supporter of Grange Hill. Here she talks exclusively to 6 Towns Radio about her time at Grange Hill, hairstyles, singing and kissing Stupot in a cupboard. You can listen to the full interview by clicking on the link above. You can also hear Paula’s version of The Locomotion!
As previously reported, some of the Grange Hill cast recently recorded an episode of BBC TV quiz show Pointless. Joining Todd Carty were Paula Ann Bland, Michelle Gayle, Stuart Organ, Francessca Martinez, Alison Bettles, Lee Macdonald and Gwyneth Powell. The episode is set to be broadcast on BBC1 on March 24th 2018.
It was an early start for Erkan Mustafa (Roland) and Lee Macdonald (Zammo) as they appeared on Lorraine as part of Good Morning Britain yesterday morning. Presented by Christine Lampard, the duo were there to celebrate Grange Hill’s 40th anniversary. In the interview they revealed how special their time on Grange Hill was and how their friendship have developed. You can watch a clip here.
Today is 40 years since Grange Hill was first broadcast. Running from 1978 until 2008, covering 31 series and 603 episodes, the series has been one of the most successful children’s television programmes ever. The antics of the pupils of Grange Hill had viewers hooked; whether it was Tucker and Benny, Trisha and Cathy, Zammo and Jackie, Roland and Janet, Robbie and Ziggy or a huge selection of other memorable characters, every viewer had a favourite. Coupled with gripping, edgy story-lines the show became essential viewing.
Whilst we are celebrating the 40th anniversary all year, for the actual day we’ve put together a few things to visit on Grange Hill Gold that help commemorate the screening of the very first episode.
HAPPY 40TH GRANGE HILL!
Check out our episode guide for Series 1
Find out more about the designing of that iconic title sequence.
And finally, find out what the cast are up to in our ever popular Where Are They Now feature.
Please explore the wide range of other exclusive features on our site; designed to celebrate everything Grange Hill! The site is constantly being updated and over this anniversary year we have a wide range of exciting new additions! For an overview of everything we have covered, check out our regular blog posts in the Archive in the side bar.
Todd Carty has continued to act since first starring as Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill forty years ago. Whilst he has never forgotten his Grange Hill roots, he hasn’t had the chance to catch up with his former GH schoolmates in years. So, as part of a secret mission in aid of The Good Grief Trust, ex castmates Linda Slater (Susi McMahon), George Armstrong (Alan Humphries) and Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning) set out to surprise Todd on the last night of his pantomime run playing King Rat, in Dick Whittington, at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne.
The theatre had been collecting in aid of The Good Grief Trust during its performances and so something special was planned to say thank you to Todd, who had also agreed to become an ambassador for the charity, founded by Linda.
Unbeknown to Todd, his former cast-mates had travelled down to Eastbourne and crept onstage to surprise him. Reunited on stage, Todd revealed that it was almost 14 years since he had last seen George, but they all remained linked by happy memories of their time at Grange Hill and were looking forward to celebrating 40 years of Grange Hill. Linda was also able to thank Todd for becoming an ambassador for the Good Grief Trust and the theatre-goers for all the money they had donated.
Linda Magistris (nee Slater) was able to tell us all about the evening : “Mission complete! Every year the management of this Panto Devonshire Park Theatre plan a surprise for the star of the show on the last night of the run.
So last night we were sneaked on stage from the wings during Todd’s King Rat performance to the theme tune of Grange Hill. Bless him it was really emotional for him, especially as he hadn’t seen George for so many years.
Grange Hill was a very special time in our lives and with the anniversary next month of 40 years since the first episode went to air, we are so lucky to still be such good friends.
It was amazing to be able to talk to the audience about GGT as well and thank them for collecting for us The Good Grief Trust over the run too. Huge thanks to The Devonshire Park Theatre for supporting us.
Joining in with the Finale too was a hoot!!!
A really special night. xxx”
It’s always great to see Grange Hill cast reunited; especially in aid of such a great cause.
Thanks to Linda Magistris and The Good Grief Trust.