Thursday, February 07, 2008

Grange Hill only one more series!!!!!



Grange Hill was an early children's soap opera set in an east end London school. When the series first came on TV back in 1978 I think it is fair to say it caused a lot of controversy as it was far removed from Blue Peter and dealt with real life issues, such as drugs, rape, disability and attempted suicide. Many parents worried about the effect it would have on their children and who would have believed it would be running 30 years on......

well it seems that all good things must come to an end and the BBC in it's wisdom, has decided to axe the programme after the next series. I used to watch it with my children and, whilst I sometimes used to cringe at some of the story lines, I think it was gritty programme that children loved as they could relate to some of the characters.
Many of the child stars have continued with their acting and you can see a few of them here. I am sure there will be equally as much controversy about the programme's demise as there was when it started, because many of today's parents will look back on this soap with nostalgia. I bet the ratings will boom for the last series!!!
I expect my girls Sam and Beccy will remember it very differently to me so I will be interested in their views.
I know many of you won't have a clue what I have been wittering on about but I just wanted my girls to have this news in case they had not picked it up!!!!!
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20 Comments:

At 7/2/08 08:42, Blogger Beccy said...

I didn't even know it was still on and I bet it's better than the drivel Mollie watches.

I loved Grange Hill, I certainly don't remember you watching it with us and I'd even go as far as to say I remember you disapproving of it but I may have been wrong.

 
At 7/2/08 09:28, Blogger ChrisB said...

I did watch it so that I knew what you were watching and I still remember some of those early story lines!

 
At 7/2/08 10:00, Anonymous Misslionheart said...

I never watched it, I always thought the schoolies looked so scruffy! And those Southern accents annoyed me, too!

I didn't get to make your comfort food this week :( Gymnastics, choir practice and Mass got in the way of cooking and eating. I've saved it and will let you know!

 
At 7/2/08 12:38, Blogger Asha said...

I don't remember watching this but do remember watching "Home and Away" while I was living in there. Issues showed in those episodes are so real these days although it makes us not believe it's all happening.
Sorry that Grange Hill has ended.

 
At 7/2/08 13:09, Blogger Alix said...

oh I loved Grange Hill it was great, very sad that it has come to an end. For some reason I always remember an episode where someone got asbestos put down their shirt and got a rash - weird the things that stand out!

 
At 7/2/08 16:24, Blogger Sandy said...

Good for you, Chris. I watch everything lil man watches and, if in doubt, I still pre-read his books, too. Yes, it is censorship. I think that's the family's role in a child's life.

Some of the stuff I think is on the edge though is what leads us to the best conversations.

 
At 7/2/08 17:36, Blogger john.g. said...

I used to love Grange Hill! Memory jogger that is. Todd Carty is only 2 years younger than me!

 
At 7/2/08 19:26, Blogger Rachel said...

I've never heard of it, but that shouldn't come as a shock, since I live in the U.S.

 
At 7/2/08 19:27, Blogger Jennie said...

I loved 'Grange hill' when I was younger. (The time of Tucker then Zammo). And while I am sad it is ending, I do think it is past it's best. When my children watched it, it just got on my nerves (maybe because I had got older!)
I'd love to watch all the old episodes again with Tucker and Trisha in. I think you can get them on dvd now.

 
At 7/2/08 20:47, Blogger Sam said...

I used to love it - I remember it well and fondly. Now i have the title music in my head and i love the cartoon-stlye titles especially the banger!

I am glad you still let us watch it despite your disapproval. If only I could give you a similar credit for letting me watch Grease. But you wouldn't let me watch Grease, would you now?

 
At 7/2/08 22:50, Blogger ChrisB said...

misslionheart I think the scruffy look appealed to my children~ as you see from their comments they both loved it.

Asha I still watch 'H&A'!

Alix actually that's one I don't remember.

sandy some of my censorship was a bit over protective as sam points out!

john I don't think I've seen Todd Carty in anything since he went out of 'the Bill'!

rachel yes this is very much a home grown show for the UK.

jennie thanks for dropping by~those early series were some of the best. Once my children grew up I gave up watching. However I might just look at the last series when it is shown later in the year just for old times sake!

sam I know that I am never going to live down grease anyway you did see it!!

 
At 8/2/08 04:40, Blogger Sam said...

yeah - like 10 years after it was cool

 
At 8/2/08 05:38, Blogger Alison said...

I love your archive posts...I take it you just had your year anniversary of blogging!! What a great idea!! I will have to remember that come November!!

 
At 8/2/08 11:16, Blogger Beccy said...

And you wouldn't let me go and see ET when I was TWELVE!

 
At 8/2/08 12:08, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy I don't remember that!

 
At 8/2/08 18:09, Blogger john.g. said...

Apparently Todd Carty spent years in Eastenders?!

Sounds like a family tiff over movie censorship is looming!

 
At 8/2/08 18:25, Blogger Sam said...

looming? john - this has been going on for about 30 years

 
At 8/2/08 19:30, Blogger frannie said...

I am always amazed at what I see on tv for kids here--- all these high school kids are having sex in these shows... I can't get over it.

makes me want to lock my kid in the room until he's 21. or 51.

 
At 11/2/08 13:47, Blogger Beccy said...

I can't believe you don't rtemember...I'm thinking alziemhers (spelt wrongly I know)!

 
At 11/2/08 21:40, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy selective memory!!

 

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