Grange Hill - 80s TV
Wow! These were happy times. Grange Hill, which first started in 1978, was produced by Liverpudlian Phil Redmond, who also went on to produce Brookside and Hollyoaks.
The children's TV drama was shown at tea-time on BBC1 and was one of the longest running programmes on British Television.
Several of the young actors and actresses went on to have major roles in Eastenders, including Todd Carty, and Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross character below).
The last ever episode of Grange Hill was shown on 15th September 2008, after a run of 30 years.
Tucker was, of course, played by Todd Carty, who was in Grange Hill between 1978 and 1982. He went on to star in Tucker's Luck from 1983 to 1985, and more recently played Mark Fowler in Eastenders.
A few memorable Grange Hill characters from the 70s and 80s
"Gripper" Stebson Gets a Warning
This video clip is from 1983. There are lots of characters involved in this scene, but the main story revolves around Douglas "Pogo" Patterson (played by Peter Moran between 1980 and 1984) trying to sell some pens to Roland "Rolo" Browning (played by Erkan Mustafa between 1982 and 1987). "Gripper" Stebson (played by Mark Savage between 1981 and 1985) intervenes to try and take the money from "Pogo" and almost gets into a fight before being surrounded by everyone in the playground. This also features Claire Scott (I used to fancy her at the time!) who was played by Paula-Ann Bland between 1981 and 1985.
Suzanne Dresses like Boy George
I remember this moment when Suzanne Ross (played by Susan Tully between 1981 and 1984) decides to turn up at Grange Hill dressed as singer Boy George, making Mrs McCluskey very annoyed!
Grange Hill Teachers
Mr Baxter and Miss Mooney
In this great clip from 1983, Miss Mooney and Mr Baxter dance to Captain Sensible! Also features Roland Browning receiving a Welsh dictionary as a present - just what he wanted, I'm sure!
Grange Hill - Susan's Skirt
This is an episode from 1983 starring Susan Tully as Suzanne Ross, and also featuring Mrs McCluskey who was played by Gwyneth Powell for ten years between 1981 and 1991.
Grange Hill - The Art Gallery Scene
This clip features Trisha Yates (played by Michelle Herbert between 1978 and 1982) and Benny Green (played by Terry Sue Patt between 1978 and 1982).
Roland Browning's First Day
Roland Browning is finding it hard to adjust on his first day at Grange
Hill. He goes and locks himself in the toilets. Zammo and his mate Jonah
come to the rescue with 'stink bombs' and so Roland has no option but to
come out and face the teachers. Classic clip from 1981. Listen out at 1:02 where Mr Baxter says "you're bound to be f****d". At least, that's what it sounds like!