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The majority of GH Online viewers were sorry to see the show
go, though some believed to to be the right decision. Here
are your views on the show's passing, originally publish on Can
heard what you think, but what about the cast? Joe Slack aka Bryn
Williams writes: "Well what can we say
hey? The news wasn't the best of news I was wishing to hear this week
but ah well I suppose things have to end at some point, but still
it's a shame to see the series go. I'm sure everyone will move on
to something else they're all really talented so they won't have a
problem getting onto other shows."
Jamie Golding, who played bully Grimbo in the 1992 and 1993 series,
has just heard: "I heard they're taking
GH off air! that's a shame. I guess there's better stuff coming
Jack Han, 12, from Nottingham: "I
think that Grange Hill shouldn't be axed because lots of people
(including me) used to love to watch it and taking Grange Hill away
would make those people unhappy."
Janette writes: "Save Grange Hill....
please... If for some mad reason we have to lose it, replay the
old ones and show the kids of today a thing or two. I was a massive
fan of Grange Hill, to be honest didn't know it was still on. Please
replay or carry on, as the youth of today who spend time in the
house need something to watch, and the Tuckers need to know where
they stand in the real world. Grange Hill could be a great tool
to get access to young people and there minds, put it on at tea
time like it used to be. My kids are 14 and 16 and have no idea
what I'm talking about... long live GH"
Amanda Jones is furious: "Why, why
do that? I love Grange Hill, I can't believe it. I think it should
still be aired and it's not fair on the kids who do watch it. I'm
15 soon and have been watching Grange Hill from a very young age.
When I was young I cried every time a series finished."
Sharon Campbell: "I was very shocked
to know about Grange Hill has been axed after 30th years and I couldn't
believe it. It was the best TV children's programme. I enjoyed so
much to watching it. Grange Hill is always means a lot to me. I
would like to say a many thanks to the actor and actress for their
hard working while they were in Grange Hill. I wouldn't give a miss
to watch it. I have a great memories of Grange Hill especially my
favourite character's will never forget it. I do hope that there
will be another Grange Hill reunion again for a special 30th years.
Best of luck to all the Grange cast at the past and the present
to wish them every success in their life and happiness in their
Matt McGraw writes: "Hey Simon, I
was wondering what happened the forums?! Personally I'm gutted;
it brought tears to my eyes to be honest... has any of the old cast
been in touch with you?" As yet none of the cast
have been in touch Matt, but we look forward to hearing from any!
Forum enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Wright, a self-styled 40-something fan Sutton Coldfield: "Hopefully
Justin Lee Collins will do another 'Bring Back Grange Hill' - but
this time bringing it back for good! Perhaps another TV channel will
buy the rights to it and revamp it? We should not be surprised at
the BBC axing it - remember this is the same TV company that got rid
of Top Of The Pops. It seems every so often a new executive comes
along at the BBC, no doubt on an inflated salary, and axes things
which are literally institutions. They always think they know what
we, the viewing public, want. As far as I am aware kids still go to
bog-standard secondary schools in their thousands and therefore Grange
Hill could be regarded as being somewhat relevant to the youth of
today? The only difference I can see from when I was at school is
that there are more computers, and the kids all have mobile phones.
"Other than that, things are very,
very similar. Same old subjects being taught, ties not being done
up, fat kids not wanting to do PE, excuses being made for not doing
any homework. To not even acknowledge Grange Hill's 30th anniversary
on Feb 8th was simply disgraceful. They'd had all of 30 years to
plan for it and did nothing at all. Not really sure what we are
paying a licence fee for ant more? Oh yeah, Jonathan Ross' wages!
Bring back Grange Hill!"
Ant Pilgrim: "Very disappointed to
learn that GH has been axed. What are 13-16 year olds meant to watch
now? Hollyoaks?! The BBC seem to have abandoned us completely. I
appreciate that 5-5.30pm wasn't the right slot for a drama aimed
at my age group, so instead of dumbing down and then axing the show
why not create a teens slot on BBC2 from 6-7.30pm and include a
revitalised GH in that? It seems that only Channels 4 and 5 are
interested in catering for my age group these days, and they don't
offer much in the way of original drama. Hope you can get something
done about this."
Julian "Fozzy" Foster: "How
sad - but it seemed to be the inevitable outcome of the latest lunacies
imposed on GH by the BBC. GH was a part of the fabric of UK life
- and not many television programmes reach that sort of status.
It almost feels like a part of my childhood has been taken away.
My contemporaries were Zammo, Jonah, Fay & Annette. Even though,
like most kids, I loved GH during my own school years and then stopped
watching, I "found" it again after a gap of about 20 years (during
which I moved to Australia) when, quite by coincidence, I came across
the 1996 series being repeated on TV here. That got me hooked again,
caused me to find GH Online through which I got hold of copies of
almost all the old series, some of which brought back happy memories
I had seen before and the rest were fabulous new viewing for me.
To me, "proper GH" ended when it moved to Liverpool (although I
have not seen any series since 2002 so it's perhaps unfair to judge).
Of course GH Online must remain. We will just have to concentrate
on reliving the old series a bit more!"
Alastair Lee: "Was sorry to hear
that Grange Hill is coming to an end after 30 years, I remember
it well during the late 70s-80s and will miss it very much. Do you
think that the early series from the late 70s and 80s will be repeated
on say, BBC3 or BBC4 within the next 12 months or so, or alternatively
will there be a DVD on the golden years of Grange Hill?"
Hi Alastair. Series 1-4 are now available to buy on DVD - click
here for full details. It's unlikely there'll be
any TV repeats in view of this.
Christine Thomas: "I was really gutted
to hear that they are axing grange hill. I am 35 yrs old and I really
liked the old Grange Hill. I recently bought series 1, 2, 3 + 4
on dvd and I really enjoyed watching these series again. Even my
two daughters aged 4 and 7 really enjoyed watching it. I'm sure
if you kept the series going they would watch it. I was looking
at the site about what happened to the original characters and I
was really upset to hear that the person that played Miss Mooney
had died of cancer. I liked her in the show especially when she
was going out with Mr Sutcliff. Please don't axe the show as it
is part of history."
One of GH Online's longest supporters, Malcolm Neale, writes: "Such
a pity that things had to end like this, but as you say, it is the
right decision. I would much rather GH end now than carry on in
a diluted form aimed at six year olds. I do hope this will not make
any difference to the 30th anniversary celebrations that have been
planned as they will be even more poignant now, especially if they
follow the last ever episode.
"If you have any doubts about the
future of GH Online; as far as I am concerned it should remain for
ever as a tribute and a source of reference to a great programme
which will be remembered for years by thousands of adults who watched
it with so much pleasure in their younger days."
Hi Malcolm! GH Online isn't going anywhere but inevitably
we will have to rethink some aspect of our operation now that Grange
Hill is no longer in production. What these are we don't yet know,
but we'll keep everyone fully informed!
Michael Silvester of GH Gold writes: "Just
heard the news. Whilst I am upset, I cannot say it has come as any
surprise. The BBC are totally to blame for the way that they have
sidelined the programme over the past few years. However, I feel
it is better to put it out of its misery than end up with something
that is no longer the show we loved. Personally, I think the suspension
of series 31 was a forewarning; and rumours suggest that it simply
wasn't up to scratch after so many changes to an almost unbreakable
format! Sad news."
Our own Andrew Gregson: "The right
decision but a very sad day. I never thought I would see it. My
only regret is that they should have returned to the original plot
line and went out with a bang. I am very sad ... they had a chance
to finish on a high and instead have finished with a muffle"
Brian Mattocks writes: "Have the
cruel and crazy BBC really decided to pull the plug on Grange Hill?
If so is there anyone to complain to? And what will happen now for
the 30th anniversary of the show....nothing?" Hi
Brian - I'm afraid there is really little point in complaining as
the decision is made and TV bosses, like politicians, never go back
on their word and certainly they never listen to us. We would certainly
not wish to discourage you from contacting the CBBC controller however:
she can be reached at email@example.com.
Andrew Brett: "I'm sorry it's ending.
I started at the local comprehensive school in September 1977, and
Grange Hill appeared the following year. I loved Trisha, Tucker
and co. They were my contemporaries. I continued to follow Grange
Hill after I left school in 1982, and I think the 1980s were a very
good era for the show, with Gripper, Zammo, Roland, etc - and Mrs
McClusky was very a real-seeming headmistress. I haven't seen it
for years, but it was an excellent show when I watched it and I
won't forget it."
Matt writes: "I am very sad and totally
shocked about the news. I know it didn't look hopeful when the changes
to Series 31 were announced, but I still wasn't expecting this.
It is very ironic for Grange Hill to be axed on the week of its
30th Anniversary. In many ways, though, I think Grange Hill was
changing too much and the decisions for Series 31 were just taking
the series away from its original concept, especially as it will
be introducing pre-secondary school pupils. I never would have expected
Phil Redmond to say it was time to axe Grange Hill though. As series
31 has already been filmed, Grange Hill can't have a good ending
and it is very bad the way the series has been treated."
Andrew Startup adds: "I was saddened
to hear that the BBC has finally decided to end Grange Hill, but
not totally surprised. I think that when Phil Redmond summed up
perfectly that with the changes to be made to make Grange Hill appeal
to a far younger audience were wrong, the writing was on the wall.
And that perhaps delaying broadcast of series 31 was in order to
make this announcement.
"I feel though that the way the BBC
have treated older children's drama series has been shoddy, and
feel that the BBC were waiting for it to reach it's 30th anniversary
year before announcing the inevitable. For myself, the first nail
in the coffin was moving Grange Hill away from Elstree, and a production
team that understood Grange Hill. The second was the move to Liverpool
giving Grange Hill a regional accent when it was strongly identified
with North London - even if it was never Phil Redmond's intention
to make Grange Hill a London school. The third was moving Grange
Hill from it's regular timeslot to an earlier one, further emasculating
the type of storylines for which Grange Hill was famous for.
"Added to this the BBC's decision
to make children's programmes for a younger audience, the axing
on Byker Grove, cutting back on the amount of Blue Peter programmes,
showing the last series of Grange Hill only on CBBC, all added to
what was inevitable and that is a shift away from catering for 12
to 16 year olds and effectively spilt the audience for those at
school into two with the CBBC and BBC Switch brands."
Michael Porter - Nottingham: "I've
only watched the show since 2001 and since it's grown on me. I feel
its a shame to let it go after it seems to have become a good supporting
leg for teenagers over the past 30 years. This may sound naive but
it could have been possible to sell the show to another network
in an effort to keep it going. Mind you doing that could ruin the
show altogether, so I guess in a way, it could be for the best if
they have no other choice."
GH Online regular Michael: "I have
read on the internet today's sad news about Grange Hill being axed
after 30 years and finally 31 series. I can understand the age range
is changing but why axe it though - I think Grange Hill is and has
been most important to Phil Redmond than Hollyoaks and/or Brookside
or both put together. Why can Phil Redmond just not offer Grange
Hill to the highest bidder - any station would welcome a show like
Grange Hill I'd of thought. Anyway back to what I was going to say
about my memory's of Grange Hill:, my favourite series are 1987
- Series 10 joint with Series 25 (2002) 1991 - Series 14 1994 -
Series 17. There are just so many other memory's I've got of Grange
Hill - one of my most earliest are Series 10 from 1987 and especially
Mr Scott who was amazingly played by Aran Bell. Series 10 was such
a vintage year and I imagine it will be seen as one of the best
ever in years to come - alongside series 9 from 1986 of course.
I just hope the end of the last ever series is illustrated as a
memory to Grange Hill's 30 year and 31 series history (I guess what
I mean by this is like on Neighbours when Jim Robinson died, there
was loads of old photos - I hope Grange Hill is given this), plus
a full DVD release to include Series 31. All that remains for me
to say is Grange Hill will NEVER BE FORGOT I hope, given the history/heritage
etc. that goes with it. Oh well I suppose this is the best way to
describe what has been a amazingly big and sad sad shock. Thank
you as well for everything yourself and Andy and everyone associated
with Grange Hill Online have done to make your site a amazing site
dedicated to Grange Hill that covered 30 years until Today's sad