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.

Ziggy’s Back On Stage!

IMAG0105George Wilson (best known as Grange Hill’s resident Scouser, Ziggy Greaves) is preparing to step back onto the stage after several years out of the spotlig11796345_10204772275414765_3060657900560604429_nht. ‘The Ale House’ is a hilarious comedy, taking place at St Helen’s Theatre, just outside Liverpool, between Tues 6th- Sat 10th October 2015. George plays ‘Kick Off’, alongside Brookside’s Phillip Olivier as ‘Yogi’ and a host of other Merseyside based stars.
Promotional material promises : “There will be raucous laughs from the first pint pulled, from the WWII pensioner still recovering from shell shock, to the not-so-holy priest on a mission to find who desecrated his garden,11220861_10204817927556040_1631473014957504225_n to the landlady eyeing up one of the customers. One wrong move and you’re barred – although that won’t stop the visitors to this watering hole causing all kinds of drunk and
disorderly mayhem before the barrels are empty!”

George is looking forward to returning to the stage in this ‘Adults Only’ comedy. You can book tickets here.

You can read our exclusive interview with George about his time in Grange Hill here.

Farewell Terry.

41_terry_patt_01It has now been almost three months since the sad death of Terry Sue Patt, who played Grange Hill’s Benny Green. Grange Hill Gold has been inundated with messages expressing the sadness many Grange Hill viewers felt at the news, and just what Benny Green had meant to them.

Whilst Terry’s funeral was a private family affair, former cast members and friends are planning their own memorial for Terry.

Here at Grange Hill Gold, we feel nothing stands better as a tribute to Terry than the interview he did for us in 2013. You can read the interview here. Some of the tributes in the press summed up Terry’s work and the impact that his portrayal of Benny Green had on children across Britain . We have collected the best of them below.

Telegraph

The Guardian

*Detailed feature from The Guardian

The Independent

*BBC News Feature about the impact of Benny Green

We think that a man as unassuming as Terry had been, would have been overwhelmed by just how highly people thought of him, and how important he had made Benny Green, the boy without football boots,

More ‘Man Down’ For McCluskey

ManDown2Mrs McCluskey actress, Gwyneth Powell, was back on TV screens last month in a second series of the Channel 4 comedy Man Down. As Mum / Polly Davies, Gwyenth appears alongside Stephanie Cole and writer/comedian Greg Davies in this hilarious comedy. Whilst this role is very different to that of Grange Hill’s strict headteacher, it is a role that Gwyneth has really enjoyed playing. Hopes are high for a third series.

If you haven’t managed to see the series yet, it’s available on DVD here.

You can read our exclusive interview with Gwyneth here.

HELP TRISHA YATES (AND HER FAMILY’s) FIGHT FOR CANCER CHARITY

Trisha Yates s1If there was one Grange Hill character best known for standing up for a cause, it was Trisha Yates. Played by Michelle Herbert for the first five series of Grange Hill, strong minded Trisha became one of the best remembered female pupils at Britain’s best loved school! Now on behalf of Trisha, Grange Hill Gold needs to ask for your help!trisha3

Grange Hill Gold is sad to report that Michelle has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, Michelle’s daughter, Chloe Anderson,  is working hard to fund-raise for the Breast Cancer Care charity. To find out all about Chloe’s fundraising quest, and to see how you can donate to this fantastic cause, Grange Hill Gold begs you to visit Chloe’s Justgiving page here.

Please help Chloe4be228e9bb9226404f9bd518e666539a to raise her target amount by giving generously. She’s already beaten her first fundraising target of £500, so lets see if Grange Hill fans can help her raise even more.

Make a difference – just like Trisha Yates!

Chloe’s Just Giving Page is here:

https://www.justgiving.com/chloeranderson/

Terry Sue Patt 1964-2015

181055_558266280857790_330834587_nIt is with huge sadness that GHG has to report the news that Terry Sue Patt who played Grange Hill’s Benny Green, has passed away.

Benny Green was the first Grange Hill pupil seen on screen, and it was Terry’s talented portrayal that persuaded the audience to fall in love with the talented footballer who couldn’t afford a pair of boots.

It was always clear that Terry had huge affection for his time in Grange Hill and he attended last year’s Grange Hill Memories convention where he talked animatedly about his time on the show.

hillboysv2As well as acting, Terry was a hugely talented street artist, producing a range of work and exhibitions, often inspired by Grange Hill.

GHG was fortunate enough to interview Terry and meet him again the following year. He was a friendly, thoughtful, engaging  and talented speaker and lit up the room at last year’s convention ; bringing together people from all eras.

Terry Sue Patt will be sorely missed.

You can read our interview with Terry here.

Grange Hill friends and co-stars have been posting messages on condolence, which we have shared below, as a tribute to Terry.

Robert Craig Morgan (Justin Bennett) –

“I can not find the words to describe my shock and utter sadness on hearing my good friend and Grange Hill colleague, Terry Sue Patt has passed away. Terry was a beautiful person, who I loved from the first time I met him.
A fine actor,artist and a great soul, he will be so missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him. I will treasure forever my memories of my friendship with him.
I’m devastated by hearing this, I send my deepest condolences to all his family and loved ones.
God bless you Terry. You are legend my friend.
xx xx”

Paula Ann Bland (Claire Scott) – 

“I’m totally in shock and devastated at the passing of Terry Sue-Patt.
RIP lovely man xxx

Lee Macdonald – (Zammo Maguire)

“R.I.P. To the loveliest man you could EVER meet and my memories will stay with me FOREVER, love you R.I.P. To the loveliest man you could EVER meet and my memories will stay with me FOREVER, love you Xxxxx”

Sheikh Up Brings John Alford Back To BBC

$(KGrHqFHJBcE7)y6+CbqBPHHio3Pt!~~60_12Grange Hill star, John Alford, who played Robbie Wright between 1984-1990, returned to BBC 1 this week after 18 years in the TV wilderness. John who went on to star in London’s Burning, lost his home and career when in 1996, the News Of The World ran a story claiming he was a drug dealer. Involving the infamous ‘Fake Sheikh’ reporter, Mazhar Mahmood, the story lead to John being imprisoned in 1999, for six weeks for supplying drugs.  London’s Burning terminated his contract and John found it hard to get regular acting work after his release.

However, in July 2014, pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos found herself on trial following a similar ordeal at the hands of the News Of The World reporter. Unlike John Alford’s trial, Tulisa’s collapsed after the judge claimed there were “strong grounds for believing” that Mr Mahmood had committed perjury in court. This then threw a spotlight on to the Fake Sheikh’s previous ‘sting’s’, particularly John Alford’s.

johnalford2014BBC1’s Panorama ran an investigative special this week in which they interviewed victims of Mr Mahmood and showed unseen footage of his stings.

Talking to Panorama, John revealed that after the conviction he had considered suicide. He was quoted as saying, “No one can give me the 18 years I’ve lost, no one can give me that back. I hope this is the first day of a new life for me.”

It is thought that, after the events of July’s ‘Tulisa’ trial, further legal action will follow from victims of the ‘Fake Sheikh’.

Panorama gave John Alford the chance to honestly and openly discuss his own side of the story, which up until July, he had been unable to do.

Read The Guardian’s report here.