GRANGE HILL IN THE 70S AND 80S
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 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.
1. "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. "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.
2. Suzanne Ross 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!
3. 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!
4. Susan's skirt upsets Mrs McCluskey!
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.
5. Series 3 - Trisha Yates
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).
6. 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!
Played by Michael Sheard between 1985 and '89, Deputy Headmaster Maurice Bronson is having car trouble in the first of several funny clips. I always thought he would have made a great dalek!
In this clip, Jonah and Zammo play the fruit machines at St. Albans and are then chased by thugs.
GRANGE HILL CHARACTERS
One of the best remembered characters from the earlier series was Tucker Jenkins. He 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 then went on to play Mark Fowler in Eastenders.
Tucker's Luck Annual 1984
Jonathan Lambeth as Danny Kendall (1986-89)
Steve West played the role of Vincent "Vince" Savage from 1985 to 1989
Lee MacDonald as Samuel "Zammo" McGuire (1982-87).
Mark Baxter as Duane Orpington (1980-84).
Luke "Gonch" Gardner was played by John Holmes from 1985 to 1989. He was later credited as John McMahon.
Ricky Simmonds as Ant Jones (1986-87)
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Suzanne Ross was played by Susan Tully between 1981 and 1984.
"Gripper" Stebson (Mark Savage) 1981-1985.
Claire Scott (Paula-Ann Bland) 1981-1985.
Annette Firman (Nadia Chambers) 1982-85.
Jonah Jones (Lee Sparke) 1982-83.
Benny Green (Terry Sue-Patt) 1978-1982.
Fay Lucas (Alison Bettles) 1982-87.
Roland "Rolo" Browning (Erkan Mustafa) 1982-87.
Ziggy Greaves (George Christopher) 1986-89.
Mrs McCluskey (Gwyneth Powell) 1981-1991.
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