GRANGE HILL - Most Memorable Storylines from the 80s
By Mark Nobes and Hannah Johnson
From the flying sausage on a fork in the opening credits, to Roland eating crisps, Grange Hill featured many iconic and unforgettable memories for those of us who grew-up watching the classic BBC TV series.
The gritty series was not short of drama and controversy, and wasn't afraid to tackle serious issues such as drug abuse and racism. So, in this post, we're going to take a look back at a few of Grange Hill's most memorable storylines from the 80s. Given the stricter guidelines that are imposed on children's TV these days, it's highly unlikely that some of these stories would ever be shown on TV today.
It all started in 1978 and 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 as Tucker Jenkins, and Susan Tully as Suzanne Ross.
The last ever episode of Grange Hill was shown on 15th September 2008, after a run of 30 years.
Zammo Mcguire's descent into Drugs
Claire Scott's Schoolgirl Crush on Mr. Hopwood
Roland Browning's First Day
Gripper Stebson Bullies Roland Browning
Gripper Stebson's Racism Against Black Students
Suzanne Ross dresses as Boy George
Suzanne Ross and Claire Scott in series 7. Credit: BBC
Mr. Bronson's Toupee is Stolen
Gonch's Dodgy Business Schemes
N2'sOutward Bound Course in Wales
N2 take a trip to Wales for their Outbound Course, and this story ran in episodes 15 and 16 during series six, and provided many amusing moments.
Mr. Baxter (Michael Cronin). Credit: BBC
Imelda Davis and her Terrahawks Gang
List of Memorable GRANGE HILL CHARACTERS from the 80s
All images are credited to the BBC
Alison Bettles as Fay Lucas (1982 to 1987)
George A. Cooper as the grumpy caretaker Mr. Griffiths the (1985 to 1992)
George Wilson as Eric 'Ziggy' Greaves (1986 to 1989). Later credited as George Christopher.
John Alford as Robbie Wright (1985-1990)
Jonathan Lambeth as Danny Kendall (1986-89)
Karen Lewis as teacher Miss Partridge
Lee MacDonald as Samuel 'Zammo' McGuire (1982-87).
Luke 'Gonch' Gardner was played by John Holmes from 1985 to 1989. He was later credited as John McMahon.
Mark Baxter as Duane Orpington (1980-84).
Melissa Wilks as Jackie Wright (1984 to 1987)
Nadia Chambers as Annette Firman (1982 to 1985)
Paula Ann-Bland as Claire Scott (1981 to 1985)
Ricky Simmonds as Ant Jones (1986-87)
Sara McGlasson as Julia Glover (1986 to 1988). Later credited as Sara Peters.
Steve West played the role of Vincent 'Vince' Savage from 1985 to 1989
Tina Mahon as Veronica 'Ronnie' Birtles (1985 to 1991)