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

Todd Carty    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V7GCRM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Grange Hill - Series 1 & 2 - 5-DVD Set

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Savage Seventies! 29 Nov 2007
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banow bow bow... 20 May 2008
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way Back When 25 Nov 2007
By Bianca White VINE VOICE
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I am pleased that the BBC have released Doctor Who (especially the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker eras), but I would also like the BBC re-issue and release the first twelve series (1978 to 1989 along with the 1981 and 1985 Christmas Specials, and the 1988 Documentary - Behind the Scenes 'Grange Hill' as a special feature) of Grange Hill from Tucker Jenkins, Trisha Yates, Alan Humphries, Benny Green and Justin Bennett first day at Grange Hill to Series 12 with Grange Hill waving goodbye to Ziggy Greaves, Gonch Gardiner, Vince Savage, Helen Kelly, legendary and 'dearly departed' teenaged rebel Danny Kendall and the most legendary 'toupee' and 'bowtie' wearing French Teacher of all time Mr Maurice Bronson played excellent with great passion by the legendary Star Wars and Doctor Who actor Michael Sheard. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD
Published 1 day ago by Kim Sharkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories
I was ten when I started watching Grange Hill (1978). My mum and dad still had a black and white TV set back then! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vern
1.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles
I bought this for my brother who is deaf. I was very disappointed to find that subtitles were not available.
Published 3 months ago by Tabassam Kayani
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved re watching these episodes.
Happy days, spent with tucker, in a school where political correctness hadn't been invented. I remember those days well. Just fab!
Published 3 months ago by Rehannah Mian
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
Thoroughly enjoying watching Grange Hill again. Wish they would re-run this on the television. Speedy delivery. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fi Wadhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Grange Hill
I watched this series as a child and this DVD brings back all those memories.
Every bit as much fun as when I first saw it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M Randle
5.0 out of 5 stars RETRO VIEWING AT ITS BEST
great......memories flooding back...watched it over and over again...good to see the characters on the screen and that tune...wonderful.

will be getting pt 2 and 3
Published 12 months ago by sharon nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
Loved this show as a kid and it was great watching it with my child. Hope the next box set is as good as I remember.
Published 15 months ago by J. Wasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I remember when this series began as I had just started secondary school myself. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rob W
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
I started High School at the same time as Tucker Jenkins & co so very nostalgic and some fond memories of rushing home to watch Grange Hill on BBC every Friday after school.
Published 16 months ago by Michelle O'Shea
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