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Grange Hill : Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]

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  • Actors: Todd Carty
  • Producers: Phil Redmond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC BBCDVD 2408
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V7GCRM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,758 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

To celebrate Grange Hill's 30th anniversary, the BBC releases the first four series of Grange Hill.

This DVD box set contains the trailblazing series 1 and 2 of this ever-popular BBC teen drama set in the fictional comprehensive of Grange Hill. With its wonderful mix of actors and actresses and entertaining coverage of teen issues, Grange Hill has become an institution. The show is one of the longest running on British television.

Originally broadcast between 1978 and 1981, the original four series revolve around Tucker Jenkins and his motley crew, his rivalry with Benny Green and run-ins with the staff and school bullies. During this time, the show's creator Phil Redmond was also its executive producer before moving on to set up Brookside in 1982. Colin Cant directed the first nine episodes in 1978 and produced series 3 and 4.


Tucker Jenkins? Benny Green? Trisha Yates? If these names mean nothing to you, then you’ve missed out on a hugely influential part of British childrens’ television programming. Fortunately, the release of Grange Hill Series 1 & 2 on DVD gives a whole new generation the chance to see where the enduring drama all began.

Set in a fictional London comprehensive school, Grange Hill was, from the off, a gritty and down-to-earth programme, far out of keeping with the childrens’ shows of the time. Introducing pupils such as those mentioned back at the start (and not for nothing is Tucker regarded as the first ‘hero’ of the show), they were matched by a now-legendary roster of teachers: who can forget Mr Baxter the PE teacher, for instance?

The secret to Grange Hill’s success is inherent in these two maiden series. And it was the marrying up of a terrific cast of characters to storylines that felt real, without any attempt to gloss anything up. Plus, while it’s Tucker and his gang that are at the centre of much of the drama, there’s plenty going on in the background too to hold your attention. Nostalgics may be surprised at just how much they remember!

But does it all hold up today? Absolutely. This is Grange Hill arguably at its rawest, and it’s all the better for it. And while controversial storylines would really push things out in the years to follow, it’s surprising just how well these early episodes have endured. Whether you’re new to Grange Hill or not, this DVD set is a real treasure from the archives, and a long overdue release. --Simon Brew

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 20 May 2008
Format: DVD
Surely one of the longest-awaited DVD releases of the last fifteen years, the seminal school drama created by Phil Redmond is a nostalgic treat for anyone of a certain age - even those whose parents wouldn't let them watch the first time around! The first few bars of the iconic theme tune (in all its quirky glory) set the tone, and you are instantly transported back to the fag-end of the 1970s when Thatcher first set out her stall, Punk was in its prime and Tom Baker was saving the universe as Doctor Who.
Series one looks and feels fairly dated but despite this the context is recognisable to anyone who has ever started secondary school and to the legions of bullies' victims and angst-ridden pubescents down the ages (so basically most people over eleven!) The fashions, transport and mannerisms may be archaic but Peter `Tucker' Jenkins, Benny Green, Alan Hargreaves (later Humphries), Trisha Yates and Justin Bennett are, and always have been, in every school throughout the land. The series' first proper bully - the odious Michael Doyle - wheedles and whines his way throughout, whilst the teachers are also well-represented by the legendary `Bullet' Baxter, too good to be true form master Mr Mitchell and soppy music teacher `Sooty' Sutcliffe. Other notable characters from the first series are the hilarious Hughes, prototype-Imelda Davies Jackie Mann and thoroughly wet girls Ann Wilson and Judy Preston, both with RP accents to die for. Interestingly, seemingly key characters have been weeded-out by the second series; sadistic games master `Doctor' Foster and sensitive art teacher Mrs Preston disappear without mention whilst Judy moves to Brookdale and Ann is dismissed by Trisha as having `moved away' during half-term.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Andy 80s on 29 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
I began at the local comprehensive school in September 1977, and Grange Hill first appeared on TV in 1978. So I am Tucker and Trisha generation.

The series was terrific, right from the first. Times were hard and often brutal in the 1970s - this was the era of Punk, Sid and Nancy and the Winter of Discontent and Grange Hill never shied away from the realities of life.

The Benny Green/Michael Doyle racism storyline was absolutely groundbreaking in children's drama.

Grange Hill was a tremendous influence on schoolchildren across the land, I remember my own school set up a school council, based on the Grange Hill model, in 1980!

The militancy of the kids as they confronted the school uniform issue in series 2 was another sign of the times.

Whatever type of child you were - a jack-the-lad Tucker Jenkins, studious Justin, up-front Trisha or terrified Judy, this show is for you. And the setting is not a pretend, romanticised 1970s - it IS the 1970s. So much has changed - back then there was no World Wide Web, no mobile phones...

But the adventures of Trisha, Tucker and co in the big bad comprehensive school are as compelling now as they were way back then!

More please!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bianca White VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2007
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Naturally viewing this series as an adult is not the same as when I saw it as a child. Back then the thought of going to a "big" school was scary and grown up and Grange Hill managed to both frighten and entertain me back then. Watching this DVD, not only did numerous plots come back to me, two other things struck me, the first no doubt a cliche by now:
1 Things were easier back then. Parents used more discipline, teachers were more respected and children were better behaved. In many ways, the Grange Hill of 1978 was an almost twee institution compared to a typical school and it's problems today. It's funny to think that 30 years ago many of the issues raised in this show were seen as too controversial and gritty for child viewing.

2 Certain curios on the show, long forgotten, zoomed me back in an instant to when I was very young - the leather purse necklace worn by Madeline Tanner. I had one, I'd totally forgotten about it and seeing them again brought fresh memories of when I'd purchased it as a 6 year old. I could even smell the texture of it. The shopping mall scene - kitsch plastic fountains, garish public seating and facades of shops no longer in existence.

I would highly recommend this dvd - the plotlines are enjoyable and the timeline a nostalgic treat. Tucker Jenkins and Trish Yates became household names and deserve to be brought to a new generation of schoolkids.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammond on 15 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
Being of 1981 vintage, I'd never seen episodes of Grange Hill this far back - Tucker and Pogo were names banded around on nostalgia websites for those of us who remember the Bronson era of Grange Hill. I liked it then, and I still like it now. Well written with great humour and sadness in measure. I view Grange Hill as the Sweeney of kids tv - a show that took the rule book and tore it up. Ok fashions have changed and production budgets have increased, but shows that broke the mould and for that remain favourites. Every episode see's poor Tucker in more trouble, but then along would come an episode where Tucker is the real hero and saves the day, in a moment that cant fail to put a smile on your face. The only downside I see is the akward boxes, I struggle to get the discs out without a fight!
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