After that he went on to star in London's Burning. Mr Robson himself did not appear on screen during Series 27, even though he was still headmaster for the early part of the series. I'm A Celeb star Bev Callard's ex-best pal urges her to return £100,000, All the reaction as Tyson vows to fight again after draw with Jones, Evil Mairead Philpott who killed her 6 kids freed after just 8½ years, I'm A Celeb viewers shocked as Giovanna reveals McFly hit is about her, Corrie's Faye Windass sexually assaulted by Ray as a furious Gary catches him, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. The change was explained on screen with an elaborate storyline whereby Grange Hill merged with rival schools Brookdale and Rodney Bennett to form a new school, Grange Hill. [22] This was accompanied by a new, more contemporary-sounding theme written for the series by Peter Moss. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Both videos were edited to remove some storylines and thereby shorten running times, given the duration of early videocassettes. For its first 25 years Grange Hill was produced in-house by the BBC, then the show was made independently for the corporation by Mersey TV, the production house founded by Redmond (and later renamed as Lime Pictures), hence the reason for the production move. In 2003 filming moved to Liverpool and continued until 2008. You can listen to it in the video at the top of this article. 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In another, "Veggin' out", a girl and her classmates smuggled animals from a local petting farm into school, believing they were destined for slaughter. Todd also famously appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2009. The show's other favourite characters during this period were Gonch and Hollo, played by John Holmes and Bradley Sheppard. When the new head, Mr Humphries, was killed in a road accident the following year, Mrs McClusky was again acting head and her permanent headship was later confirmed. In 1985, production shifted to the former ATV studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. In 1976, he managed to sell the idea to the BBC, and the children's drama executive Anna Home commissioned an initial series of nine episodes in a trial run, the first being broadcast on 8 February 1978. Terry played Tucker Jenkins’ footie-loving pal Benny and was the first child through the school gates back in February, 1978. One of the show’s most famous faces, Gwyneth was super-permed headteacher Mrs McClusky during her reign from 1981 to 1991. To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Grange Hill, 2 Entertain released two DVD box sets covering the first four series which were released on 12 November 2007. The Sun exclusively revealed that Lee has landed a role on EastEnders and will feature in two episodes during Summer 2019. Grange Hill Theme - Alan Hawkshaw 1978. [13] However, as the 1990s progressed more use was made of real schools including the Nicholas Hawksmoor School and Bushey Meads School, and St Audrey's School in Hatfield. John played Robbie Wright in Grange Hill from 1985 to 1990. After Grange Hill ended in 2008, the CLC exterior set has now been turned into a skateboard park set for Hollyoaks while the former Grange Hill school frontage has become a permanent exterior for Hollyoaks High. This removed some of the various background elements and sharpened the end notes considerably. In 1994 new titles were introduced showing pupils taking part various school subjects such as music, chemistry, PE and Food Technology,[23] and the end theme was re-edited and re-recorded to reduce its length to just 35 seconds, the first edit in 4 years of the theme. These abridged versions of the first two series of the show were also released on Betamax, Video 2000 & laserdisc around the same time. Phil Redmond originally wanted children from all over the country to participate in the relaunched Grange Hill, having a variety of regional accents in the series as opposed to just the London area voices which had become associated with the programme, however almost all new characters were exclusively cast from the north-west of England due to the logistics of the child employment laws. [19] But in the event, none of these celebrations happened aside from a special BBC Radio 4 programme Grange Hill: Soap Pioneer broadcast on 4 September 2008. The three series saw the two lead characters (Tucker and Alan) finding work. The original theme was called Chicken Man by Alan Hawkshaw. Series seven and eight including the 1981 Christmas Special were released on DVD on 11 November 2019.Series nine and ten including the 1985 Christmas Special are due for release on 19 October 2020. The series 2 videocassette box art features a similarly styled front cover, but with a cast photo from the correct year. Rhodes Cover - YouTube In 1981, Grange Hill moved to Holborn College (now Fulham Preparatory School) in Greyhound Road, Hammersmith - this was the longest serving of the "real schools", remaining on screen until 1985. [citation needed] This led to Redmond being summoned to lunch by BBC bosses and forced to agree that there would be no further series unless he toned things down. Grange Hill returned on 14 April 2008 with its final series, including a return of the original theme music. From the start of the series to 1989, the title sequence was in a comic book style and used "Chicken Man" by Alan Hawkshaw as the theme tune. The channel lasted only six months, however, before becoming UK Gold 2 in April 1999. In early 2006, it was announced that a film of Grange Hill was to be released in late 2007 focusing on the lives of former pupils;[10] although the film did not come to fruition. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). This prompted the BFI's 2002 publication The Hill And Beyond to comment that Grange Hill had perhaps become politically correct.[9]. One of the most famous storylines during this time was that of Zammo McGuire, played by Lee MacDonald, and his addiction to heroin. With Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan. Give Us a Clue used a less dynamic custom arrangement more in keeping with the style of light entertainment programming. He played PC Sean McCartney in Scott and Bailey from 2012-13 and has starred in US fantasy series Once Upon a Time as Robin Hood from 2013-18. The former actor and singer, 47, was arrested for "hijacking" the vehicle while it did its morning rounds near his North London home in September 2018. However, during this period in particular (1995–2000) several versions were used, with a variety of slightly longer edits creating different lead outs depending on the mood and theme of the episode. On January 29, 2019 Grange Hill star John Alford was handed a community order after resisting arrest in an incident involving a bin lorry. During the 1980s, when Grange Hill merchandising was at its height and the series arguably at its most popular, a number of annuals and novels were published. Redmond had been planning a hard-hitting storyline to return Grange Hill to its gritty origins in series 31, and although he signed off the changes he believed it wasn't his show any more. In 1976, he managed to sell the idea to the BBC, and the children's drama executive Anna Home commissioned an initial series of nine episodes in a trial run, the first being broadcast on 8 February 1978.[7][8]. Mr Llewellyn did not appear on screen during the 1980 series: the day-to-day running of the school was left to the highly competent but much put-upon deputy head Mr Keating (Robert Hartley), who was also deputy head under Mrs McClusky up to and including Series 7 in 1984.