It is with sadness that Grange Hill Gold has to report the death of Mark Farmer who played Gary Hargreaves in Series 2-4, after a short battle with cancer.
Gary was the popular football team captain, who enjoyed a brief romance with Trisha Yates, his sister Cathy’s best friend.
Having joined Grange Hill when he was 17, Mark went on to play the lead in the BBC drama Johnny Jarvis, before having a recurring role on Minder. A keen musician, Mark was a member of the band Lighthouse and had also played for Bad Manners.
Grange Hill co-stars paying tribute to Mark included :
Paul McCarthy (Tommy Watson) : He was a good Guy. Very sad news. RIP Mark. 2016 has started out very tough. Stay well everyone Xxx
George Armstrong (Alan Humphries) : Just heard an old friend Mark Farmer has passed away, when I started Grange Hill Mark was one of the people who helped me through the first few series. My thoughts and love go out to his family, gone too young
Linda Slater (Susi McMahon) : It was so sad to hear about poor Mark. He was in Grange Hill at the same time I was – he played such a great character. It’s just so awful that he was so young xx
Mark Burdis : (Stewpot Stewart) : Very sad to hear the dreadful news about an old friend, Mark Farmer. Yet another talent lost to this dreadful disease. We must find a cure.
George Wilson (Ziggy Greaves) : Legendary character came to l’pool years ago & couldn’t get him to go home, very very sad news.
Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones) : Minder, Grange Hill…But forever Johnny Jarvis.
RIP Mark Farmer.
Following on from their hugely successful event in 2014, Grange Hill Events have announced a follow up event for May 2016. In a unique twist, ‘Grange Hill Memories 2’ will be held at Grange Hill itself . . . . . or Fulham Preparatory School, better known as the location for Grange Hill between 1981-1985.
The reunion will follow a similar format to the first event, comprising of a mix of on stage interviews with your favourite members of the 70’s-80’s Grange Hill cast, followed by autograph/ photo opportunities and a location tour around the actual filming locations used on the show!
Confirmed guests, so far, include Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning), Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McCluskey), Robert Craig-Morgan (Justin Bennett), Lisa East (Christine Everson) and Mark Savage (Gripper Stebson), with more to be announced over the coming months.
The event takes place on Sunday 22nd May 2016, with tickets priced at £42 (adults) and £29 (children up to 15). Entry includes location tour, interview panels, 2x free autographs from each guest and souvenir brochure!
To find out more details about this fantastic event and book tickets, visit their website here.
To read Grange Hill Gold’s account of the 2014 event visit our page here.
Helen Kelly might have started her time in Grange Hill as one of Imelda’s Terrahawks, but she ended it as a popular, strong-minded individual determined to make her mark as a female in the male dominated world of engineering. Actress Ruth Carraway spoke to Grange Hill Gold from her home in New Zealand, revealing her favourite moments, her thoughts on tattoos and how she looks back fondly on her ‘Grange Hill Years’.
Click HERE to read our exclusive interview with Ruth.
It’s been seven years since an episode of Grange Hill has been broadcast on the BBC. However, this Christmas, BBC4 is airing a classic episode in full as part of its ‘Golden Age Of Children’s Television’ evening.
The chosen episode is episode 14 of series 9, in which Roland discovers Zammo unconscious after taking heroin. This episode kicked off Grange Hill’s ‘Just Say No’ storyline which became one of the best remembered and most controversial in the history of children’s television.
The episode will be broadcast on BBC4, Monday 21st December at 20:35. For more details (or catch up after broadcast) visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06th2c8
To find out more about the cast from these episodes and their recollections, check out our interviews section for exclusive interviews.
Friends, family and colleagues of Terry Sue Patt, who played Benny Green, gathered together last weekend for a memorial event to celebrate his life. Terry died in May 2015 and Sunday would have been his 51st birthday.
The event was organised by a team led by Terry’s Grange Hill colleague Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning). Although the two barely worked together on screen, their Grange Hill connection lead to a long term friendship between the two.
The event was invite only and took place at a secret location in London. As Terry was a keen ‘street artist’ there were several art based events; including a raffle to win GH related art, and a live creation of a piece of artwork as a tribute to Terry.
Attended by Grange Hill colleagues; Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott), George Armstrong (Alan Humphries), Donald Waugh (Hughesy), Melissa Wilkes (Jackie Wright) and Ricky Simmonds (Ant Jones), the event was informal and relaxed. Also in attendance was Anna Scher, the children’s drama teacher who first noticed Terry’s talent for acting, and fellow pupil Perry Fenwick (known as Billy Mitchell in Eastenders). Attendees were given the opportunity to say a few words about Terry, before a balloon launch ended the event.
The video here shows some highlights of the event. Compliments to Erkan and team for organising such a unique tribute for a truly unique man.
The legendary Michelle Herbert, who played Grange Hill’s original rebel, Trisha Yates, recently opened up to The Daily Mirror about her fight against breast cancer. During the interview Michelle revealed how she was fortunate enough to spot unexpected symptoms early, and after surgery has now been given the all-clear. You can read the feature in the Mirror here.
As regular GHG readers will already know, Michelle’s daughter, Chloe, has been fundraising for Breast Cancer Care by taking part in a 5K run in Manchester, a 10k run in Glasgow and finally a skydive during September and October. Describing herself as ‘the least energetic person in the entire world’, Chloe’s challenge has inspired numerous donations. Her original target was £500, but since then Chloe has raised over £3000! You can support Chloe’s fundraising efforts here at her JustGiving page.
Grange Hill Gold wishes Chloe every success with her fundraising and is delighted to hear that Michelle’s news.
A leading light on the world music scene, singer Sheila Chandra, started her career playing Sudhamani Patel in series 2-4 of Grange Hill. Find out all about Sheila’s recollections of her time at Grange Hill and her hugely successful career since, in our exclusive interview here.
Thanks to Sheila for taking part in our interview. You can visit her own website here.