BBC Grange Hill: where the original stars now range from tragic death to arrest and very different careers

Filmed in real schools in the 1980s, the trials and tribulations of students at Grange Hill gripped a nation of teenagers.

The signature tune, played on the comic strip Intro, is still as memorable today, despite not being on screen for over 14 years. The show, which portrayed life in a comprehensive school, ran for three decades and was notable for its difficult stories – especially for a children’s series – and is still remembered by millions of viewers of a certain age. .

It was announced this week that Grange Hill: The Movie is set to arrive later this year, with producer Phil Redmond saying the script is ready, with plans to bring back alumni for the film.

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Sir Phil Redmond said that the show “changed the notion that children’s television should be all Secret Garden and Enid Blyton”. Discussing the pressure to bring it back, he told BBC Breakfast: “If my hair could be even grayer, it would be it. We’ve only just started working through the script. We look forward to a release next year.” to go into production this year, so if anyone wants to have an orderly queue at the casting line, they can just wait a few months, that would be great.”

Welsh actor Celine Jones is co-writing the film and says: “In a past life, I played Mr. Green the English teacher in Grange Hill. I can tell that Sir Phil Redmond suggested Grange Hill. It’s time to bring him back. I think Lana back was a sign of the Grange Hill bat that he couldn’t ignore anymore. Unless they’re in line for that school dinner, we can’t say who Coming back.

“When news about the film was released, I’m sure you heard someone, somewhere, singing the theme tune. I want the theme tune, I want a badge, I want sausage on a fork. We socialize too. I want realism, good humour, mischief and poignancy.”

But where are the real artists and what are they doing now?

Zamo Maguire (Lee Macdonald)

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He was at the center of one of Grange Hill’s most influential stories, when the cheeky schoolboy developed a heroin addiction.

His addiction sparked an anti-drug campaign – Just Say No – and some of the cast even traveled to Washington to meet Nancy Reagan at the White House.

The 53-year-old actor recently got engaged. After leaving Grange Hill, he worked as a locksmith and most recently appeared in EastEnders playing Terry until his run ended last year.

Ziggy (George Wilson)

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A fan favorite, the actor first appeared on our screens in 1986 when he played Ziggy Greaves in Grange Hill. He became a part of other soaps such as Brookside, appearing as Little Jimmy Corkhill.

However, it seems that being famous hasn’t always been easy and George has faced a few bumps down the road during the course of his career. His uncontrolled bipolar disorder led him to the brink of suicide after suffering a close shave with manic episodes and death.

i talked to Liverpool Echo About his struggles back in 2019, he said: “I tried to commit suicide in the early 1990s because I thought I was going to feel the same way forever. I took an overdose of pills but, Luckily, my mom found me and I was taken to the hospital to get my stomach pumped.”

In 1989, I witnessed the Hillsborough disaster and was circling the hospital but is now being treated for his condition. During Christmas, he appeared in a celebrity version of Pointless.

Tucker (Todd Carty)

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Actor Todd Carty is another Grange Hill alumnus who moved to new pastures in the EastEnders. He took on the role of Tucker Jenkins and four years later after leaving Grange Hill in 1982, he started a spin-off series – Tuckers Luck! He then played Mark Fowler in Albert Square for 13 years.

Todd, 58, is married to his childhood friend Dina Clarkin. This couple has two sons. He still acts and directs, but you may remember him for making the funniest mistake you saw on Dancing on Ice in 2009! Most recently, he appeared in the 2017 film Silver Birch, about a writer struggling to rebuild his life after the untimely death of his wife.

Faye Lucas (Alison Valentine)

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Recruited into acting at the age of eight by Sylvia Young, she appeared in various television commercials between 1982 and 1987 before landing the role of Fay Lucas. One of his most notable stories was an affair with one of his teachers, Mr. She sang on Just Se No.

He quit performing in the 1990s to get married and raise his family. She qualified as an aesthetic therapist while away from acting, and in 2005 she founded Kenvale Recruitment, a specialist freight forwarding company. He has four children and his two sons have followed him into acting with roles in Dr. Who and EastEnders.

Roland ‘Rollie’ Browning (Erkan Mustafa)

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Erkan portrayed the intelligent but badly bullied boy between 1982 and 1987. The golden Wonder Crisp-loving schoolboy offered Erkan opportunities, and he later starred in Lenny Henry’s ’90s sitcom Chef! He studied briefly at Swansea University and appeared on shows such as Soccer AM and Celebrity Juice, and after a spell as a caterer, he is now a director and writer.

Norman “Gripper” Stabson (Mark Savage)

Bully Boy Gripper was a terrifying thug played by Mark Savage from 1981 to 1983, who was expelled. Oddly enough, former Prime Minister David Cameron said that Gripper was his favorite character.

Actor Mark Savage said that after Grange Hill that people were terrible to him, he had to pay back for his characters’ misbehavior. He told the Mirror in 1998: “It was a nightmare. I was attacked so many times – on the bus, in the street – I lost count. It was open season on Gripper.”

The 56-year-old actor came close to homelessness in 1998 after spending a fortune to care for his ailing mother, but has since continued to star in theater productions and a Morrissey music video.

Benny Green (Terry Soo-Pat)

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The first child through the gates of Grange Hill in February 1978. The character had a great talent for football, although his struggling family could barely cover the cost of his school uniform.

Talking about his time on the show, he said: “I basically played myself at Grange Hill. I had a great time, taking time off from school to play football. It was really like a dream.” It was like being true.”

Sadly, the popular actor was found dead in his flat in Walthamstow in 2015. He was 50 years old. Police said they believed his body had been there for more than a month.

Trisha Yates (Michelle Herbert)

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He starred as a class rebel from 1978 to 1982, constantly getting into trouble for wearing make-up and flouting uniform rules. She reprized the role of Trisha Yates in an episode of the spin-off Tuckers Luck, but left acting in real life to settle with her husband in Dundee, where they run All Glass and Glazing. he talked about his fight with breast cancer in 2015

Robbie Wright (John Alford)

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The actor played the role of the angel-faced boy from 1985 to 1990 and enjoyed success thereafter. He starred in London’s Burning and even went on to become a pop star. But, the now 50-year-old man was caught in a drug sting in 2019. He was given a community order after resisting arrest in an incident involving Bin Laurie.

Susan Ross (Susan Tully)

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Susan Tully landed her Grange Hill role in 1981 at the age of 13. Playing the popular rebel she got the role of Michelle Fowler in EastEnders, which she played for a decade. Susan, 54, is extremely private about her personal life and is now one of the most respected directors in television. Her credits include Line of Duty, Lark Rise to Candleford and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Luke “Gonch” Gardner (John Holmes)

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Gonch was always a little hustler – the character would sell toast and even give pee kits to students to make some bobs. After leaving the show, John studied at the University of Easy Anglia, becoming the head of the student union. The now 51-year-old went on to manage a casino.

Christopher “Stepot” Stewart (Mark Burdis)

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Stevepot was played by Mark Burdis from 1981 to 1985. You call them “Bev? Kev?” From as Kev can remember. AA ad featuring Olivia Colman. The actor has also starred in shows such as The Bill, EastEnders and Only Fools and Horses. He is now a boxing ring announcer as well as an actor.

Terence ‘Teggs’ Ratcliffe (Sean Maguire)

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He may have risen to fame as a child star on shows like Grange Hill, but lately he’s found success — somewhat of a Hollywood heartthrob.

The 45-year-old joined the drama when he was about 11 – a role the actor played from 1988 until his departure in 1991. He later appeared as trainee footballer Aidan Brosnan. eastenders In 1993 – With the character involved in a high-profile arc featuring homelessness and drug abuse.

It is said to have been viewed by over 23 million. christmas day Episode of the year in which Aidan tried to take his own life. He left Walford in the next episode. He now lives and works in LA with his wife and two sons.

Mrs. McCluskey (Gwyneth Powell)

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The headmaster of Grange Hill was in charge between 1981 and 1991. Now 75, the actress starred in shows including A Touch of Frost, Casualty, Doctors and Holby City. She also starred as Mum on the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down from 2013-2018, and was most recently in an episode of Pointless Celebrities alongside George Wilson, who played Ziggy.

Mr. Bronson (Michael Sheard)

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The super tough deputy headmaster scared the lives of students between 1985 and 1989. Played by Michael Sheard, the kids get Mick out of his wig, but rarely on his face – his smoky voice and bad temper scare the kids! The Rada-trained actor died of cancer at his Isle of Wight home on August 31, 2005. He was 67 years old.

Mr “Bullet” Baxter (Michael Cronin)

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Another tough, Bullet Baxter ruled the PE department with an iron fist. He became deputy chief at Grange Hill before leaving to run a leisure center in 1987. Actor Michael Cronin reprized the role of Mr. Baxter for the ITV sitcom The Grimleys in the late ’90s.

Now 80, the actor’s credits also include Fawlty Towers and Vera. He has also developed film scripts and published three successful children’s novels.

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