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Grange Hill : Complete BBC Series 3 & 4 [DVD]
Grange Hill : Complete BBC Series 3 & 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Todd Carty
Price: 9.75

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80s Begin..., 29 Nov 2007
Grange Hill really got into its stride here. The series was definitely going to be a runner, with the arrival of a new first year, including a young Susan Tully (later Michelle Fowler in EastEnders) as unhappy pupil Suzanne Ross. The show was looking ahead - there would be life in the classrooms of Grange Hill when Trisha, Tucker and co left.

This was simply terrific Grange Hill. We contemporaries of Tucker and Trisha out in the real world were absolutely hooked on the dramas of day-to-day life at this fictional comprehensive. Schools across the land were actually full of real Tucker and Trisha type characters, and all-too-knowing teachers like Mr Baxter. We could identify with the action on screen.

Whilst girls at my own real-life school wondered if Mr Sutcliffe and Miss Mooney would get together romantically, we boys were cheering on Tucker and his mates in all their daft activities - until the tragic death of a Grange Hill pupil in a strong plotline about "dares" gave us food for thought.

Thought provoking, funny, up-front and gritty, the third and fourth series of Grange Hill saw the show continue to create the template begun in series one and two, which would see the series return to our screens again and again.

Simply excellent.

Grange Hill : Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Grange Hill : Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Todd Carty
Price: 9.99

43 of 44 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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