Grange Hill to Hollywood Hills: The BBC One classic children’s program will be turned into a film, with beloved original characters as GRANDPARENTS

  • Grange Hill, the classic TV series for children, is being made into a feature film according to its creator.
  • Phil Redmond  revealed he has written a script dealing with the school closing
  • Some characters will be back from the series – as grandparents 

Phil Redmond, the creator of Grange Hill, has penned a movie about the fictional London school

Phil Redmond is the man behind Grange Hill. He has made a film about this fictional London school.

Tucker Jenkins, Gripper Stebson and others may not have looked as appealing to you when you sipped tea from spam fritters in the 1970s.

However, Phil Redmond (Grange Hill creator) is set to make the hit television series for children into a feature film.

Hollyoaks’ 72-year-old screenwriter and TV producer Brookside has apparently just written the script to a movie based around the program for children.

The planned film will be made later in the year and it is expected to deal with issues related to social media, children’s grief, as well as the closure of the school.

It is possible that the film will feature cast members who were part of the original show as parents and grandparents. 

Grange Hill is a BBC TV children’s series which ran for 30 years from 1978 to 2008. 

Grange Hill made household names of characters including Tucker Jenkins (played by Todd Carty, left) and Benny Green (Terry Sue-Patt, centre)

Grange Hill became the home of Tucker Jenkins (played here by Todd Carty), and Benny Green(Terry Sue Patt, center).

Todd Carty (shown as Tucker) later appeared in the spin-off series Tucker's Luck before joining the cast of EastEnders

Todd Carty was later seen as Tucker. He then joined the EastEnders cast.

Tucker Jenkins was played over the years by Todd Carty and Benny Green as well as Zammo McGuire, Justine Dean and Norman Gripper’ Stebson.

This show featured a variety of social issues such as Zammo’s heroin addiction.

The Guardian interviewed Mr Redmond to reveal that he met up with his colleagues in February last year to discuss the project. 

The paper was told by him that they’ve gone through four school-rebuilding projects in their lifetime. However, the focus is not on bricks and mortar. It’s all about getting the best from every student. 

“How does ripping schools and communities out of their community solve anything?” Or making catchment regions so large that students have to drive miles just to see their friends.

‘That’s it. They decide that it is too expensive to run the school so they sell it. Proceeds will be used to rebuild the new school, as well as to replenish the local budget. 

Redmond said that David Cameron told him that Gripper Stebson was his favorite character.