Grange Hill FAQ Who was the black girl who fussed over Ro-land?
Which Grange Hill pupils were killed off?
One girl got pregnant - who?
Wasn't there a lad who took heroin?

Simone NylanderWho was the black girl who fussed over Ro-land?
Her name was Janet St Clair, played by Simone Nylander from 1982-1986. Janet was not played by Michelle Gayle, as many seem to think.


Which Grange Hill pupils were killed off?
First to meet the Grim Reaper was Antoni Karamonopolis in 1980, who plunged to his death from the roof of the shopping precinct. Jeremy Irvine met a watery end in the school pool in 1984, Danny Kendall died in 1989 from an unspecified brain illness, and in 2007 Baz Wainwright collapsed and died from a heart defect on the school football pitch. Perhaps the saddest Grange Hill death was Judi Jeffreys in 1999, falling from the window of a burning store cupboard; not least because actress Laura Sadler died in cruelly similar circumstances in 2003.


One girl got pregnant - who?
There were actually three pregnancies in the classrooms of Grange Hill, the first being that of Chrissy Mainwaring, who got pregnant to Ted Fisk in 1991 and had the baby the following year. The storyline was the first of its kind on British TV. In 2000, sixth former Evelyn Wright had a daughter with her student teacher lover, and in 2007 Emma Bolton became pregnant by traveller Kyle Brown. Emma's story was never finished due to the editorial changes in Grange Hill's final year.


Zammo MaguireWasn't there a lad who took heroin?
Yes, and his name was Zammo Maguire. The previously happy-go-lucky Zammo sunk into a heroin habit in 1986, but the following year he recovered from his demons and returned to school. Zammo's story initially had to overcome a hostile tabloid reception but remains the most fondly-remembered to this day. So successful was the tale of Zammo's downfall, it was even praised by MPs in the Commons - and it also inspired the Grange Hill cast to release a hit single Just Say No in April 1986. It raised £103, 313 for the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA). The cast impressed America's then First Lady and drugs campaigner Nancy Reagan, who invited them over to meet her.