Grange Hill Memories 2016

GHLogoFollowing 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.

 

Terrahawks Rule!

IMAG0094Helen 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.

Back On The BBC! 

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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. 

Farewell My Friend……..

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. 

Michelle In The Mirror

trishaThe 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.

Sheila Chandra Interview Now Online!

picture-27 crop 2A 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.

Sheila Chandra Interview Coming Soon!

Sheila_Chandra_(Cropped)Sheila Chandra is a hugely successful singer, both as a solo artist, and as part of the group Monsoon. However, few people realise that Sheila started her career playing Sudhamani Patel in Grange Hill between 1979-1981. As one of Trisha and Cathy’s closest friends, reserved Sudhamani was heavily influenced by her louder friends. grange-hill-s03e07

Grange Hill Gold is pleased to announce that Sheila has completed an interview with us about her time
playing Sudhamani. Keep visiting the website to read the interview very soon.