Grange Hill
What are Roland, Zammo, Gonch, Imelda Davies, Danny Kendall and the rest of the old Grange Hill pupils up to now?



 BEFORE...
The children's television show "Grange Hill" was first shown on February 8th, 1978 on BBC 1.
The show was created by Phil Redmond and was set in a fictional East London school.
Well known characters from the early years included Tucker Jenkins, Pogo Patterson, Zammo Maguire, Roland Browning, Fay Lucas, Gripper Stebson, Mrs McCluskey and Scruffy McGuffy.
Each series pupils left and new ones started. In the mid to late eighties some of the well known characters were Gonch Gardener, Danny Kendall, Imelda Davies and Mr Bronson.

 AFTER...
"Grange Hill" is still going strong today and over 500 episodes have now been aired.
The show's creator, Phil Redmond, went on to create the Channel 4 TV shows "Brookside" and "Hollyoaks" and was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to drama.
Many stars from "Grange Hill" went on to act in the soap opera "Eastenders", including Todd Carty (who played Tucker Jenkins), Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross), Sean Maguire (Terence Ratcliffe), Gary Hailes (Nigel Flavin) and Letitia Dean (Lucinda Oliver).
Peter Moran (Pogo Patterson) now runs a pub in London.
Lee Macdonald (Zammo Maguire) now runs a key cutting shop in London.
Erkan Mustafa (Roland Browning) appeared in Blackadders Christmas Carol playing the role of "enormous orphan" and also played Otto in the BBC TV comedy series "Chef". He is now rumoured to run his own restaurant in London.
Alison Bettles (Fay Lucas) is now a qualified beauty therapist and has three children.
Mark Savage (Gripper Stebson) has been in a legal battle with his landlady and local council and could face being homeless.
Gwyneth Powell (Mrs McCluskey) and Fraser Cains (Scruffy McGuffy) have continued to work in acting and have regularly appeared on TV and in several films.
John Holmes (Gonch Gardener) went on to study Politics and Economics at the University of East Anglia and was the student union president. After graduating he went travelling and is now a trainee manager at the Golden Horseshoe Casino in Bayswater in London.
Jonathan Lambeth (Danny Kendall) is now a journalist for the Financial Times.
Fleur Taylor (Imelda Davies) runs an estate agency in Surrey.
Michael Sheard (Mr Bronson) has continued to work on TV and has also appeared in a number of films, including playing Adolf Hitler in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
The comic strip style opening credits and the original theme tune.
Zammo's drug overdose and the "Just Say No" song.
Mr Bronson's toupee.

 DID YOU KNOW...
The show was originally going to be called "Grange Park", but was changed as there were some real-life schools in London with this name.
Stuart Organ is the longest serving actor in the show. He's now played Mr Robson for over 15 years.
In 1982, supermodel Naomi Campbell appeared in an episode as an extra.
Grange Hill is now made by Mersey TV which also makes Hollyoaks.
The school corridors and classromms are also used in Hollyoaks.

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