From Grange Hill to the Hollywood hills: Classic BBC One children’s show is to be made into a movie – with favourite original characters returning as GRANDPARENTS
- Classic children’s TV show Grange Hill is to be made into a film, its creator said
- Phil Redmond revealed he has written a script dealing with the school closing
- Some of the original characters from the show will return – now as grandparents
Phil Redmond, the creator of Grange Hill, has penned a movie about the fictional London school
Tucker Jenkins and Gripper Stebson may not have seemed like potential silver screen material as you tucked into spam fritters for tea in the late 1970s.
But Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond is set to turn the now-defunct hit children’s TV series into a film, it has been revealed.
The 72-year-old TV producer and screenwriter, who was also behind Brookside and Hollyoaks, has reportedly just completed the script for a film based around the children’s programme set in a school.
It is thought that the planned film, due later this year, will deal with the planned closure of the school as well as issues around social media and children’s grief.
The movie is expected to feature former cast members from the show in the roles of parents or grandparents.
Grange Hill, set in a fictional comprehensive school, ran as a BBC children’s TV series for 30 years between 1978 and 2008.
Grange Hill made household names of characters including Tucker Jenkins (played by Todd Carty, left) and Benny Green (Terry Sue-Patt, centre)
Todd Carty (shown as Tucker) later appeared in the spin-off series Tucker’s Luck before joining the cast of EastEnders
Among the characters that featured over the years were Tucker Jenkins, played by Todd Carty, Benny Green, Zammo McGuire, Justine Dean, and Norman ‘Gripper’ Stebson.
The show covered a range of social issues including Zammo’s addiction to heroin.
In an interview with The Guardian, it was revealed that Mr Redmond met with colleagues last February to discuss the project.
He told the paper: ‘We’ve been through four school-rebuilding programmes in my lifetime, but it’s not about bricks and mortar, it’s about getting the best out of every pupil.
‘How will ripping schools out of communities solve anything? Or making catchment areas so big that kids have to travel miles to be with their friends?
‘That’s the thesis of the movie: it’s decided the school is costing too much to maintain so it should be knocked down, the land sold and proceeds used to build a new one and replenish local coffers.’
Mr Redmond told the paper that David Cameron had told him his favourite character was school bully Gripper Stebson.