School Days: 1994-2001
Arnie took to life well at Grange Hill, though he may
never have been there at all. He entered Year 7 from prep
school after his father's business was having financial
difficulties. But from the start he enjoyed his new school
and made lasting friendships. Arnie was a natural leader
(he captained the school roller hockey team), confident,
sociable with a great sense of fun. Academically he was
top of the class but he loved to play hard too, bringing
him into conflict with his dad. But Arnie could find it
difficult to express himself and was prone to fits of
jealousy. A diagnosis of epilepsy caused him to go off
the rails slightly but he soon came to terms with his
illness and repeated his A-level year. Arnie left Grange
Hill with classmates and staff looking up to him.
7: Arnie and Sam follow "Animal Man"
to his lockup; they knock over a chemical tank, gassing
the puppies left inside. The lads and Anna track Animal
Man to Hertford; they discover his puppy farm and call
the police. Arnie invites half of Grange Hill to his place
for the video tennis tournament.
Year 8: Mr Arnold
arranges to have Mr Parrott "kidnapped" at the
school fayre. Arnie helps Rick "product place"
his bike in the school video; Mr Arnold thinks Rick stole
Year 9: Arnie thinks
Jessica's mystery illness is faked, but she's found to
be suffering from ME. Arnie is smitten with one of the
French exchange girls and helps with the botched "Moonfleet"
talking book scam.
Year 10: Arnie captains
the roller hockey team. He starts dating Dill but has
to take Kelly out when she threatens to quit the team.
Arnie tries to help Chris, numb after his rejection by
Year 11: Chris cheats
on Laurie with Dill; who's also cheating with Arnie. Colin
is caught in the middle; Chris and Arnie come to blows
in class. At the end of the series, there are signs that
Arnie is ready to forgive Dill.
Year 12: Arnie wants
to be part of Kamal's car, but his dad insists he study.
Arnie is forced to steal from his savings when Mr Arnold
doesn't back down.
Year 13: Arnie is
devastated when Dill leaves for New York; he passes out
at the airport. He begins to behave oddly and suffers
seizures. Arnie is diagnosed with epilepsy; when he's
about to tell Colin he has a fit in the playground. Arnie's
confidence is restored when he helps Calvin during an
Year 14: Arnie is
repeating his A-level year. He's in the sixth form band
and feels alienated by how showbiz has changed Colin.
Colin returns to school, and it's like old times.
FAMILY: Arnie lived with
his parents and sister Jessica; home was a picturesque cottage
with a large back garden. Dad Jim was a local businessman;
mum Caroline stayed at home. Arnie and Jess had an aunt in
ROMANCE: Arnie was popular
with the ladies! He dated Dill in Year 10 but split a year later
when she cheated on him with Chris. Two years later Dill and
Arnie were almost reconciled, then she left for New York.
HOBBIES: Fishing, rollerblading
and going out with the lads.
ASSOCIATES: Sam Spalding,
Colin Brown, Rick Underwood, Laurie Watson, Kamal Hussain, Becky
Radcliffe, Dill Lodge.
Unknown, but he and Dill are back on - reconciled by September