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.
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 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.
George 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 spotlight. ‘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, 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.