YMMV / Grange Hill

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: In 1975, when Phil Redmond was touting the idea for the series around most of the UK's television companies, no one was prepared to believe that schoolchildren would want to watch a realistic drama series about children at school. Finally taken up by The BBC in 1976 and launched in 1978, the series ran for 30 years, racking up 601 episodes.
  • Ear Worm: The original theme tune.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The character of Judi Jeffreys was (long story short) locked in a storage room that was on fire. She tried to escape by climbing out of the window onto a nearby fire escape, and ended up falling head first to her death. The actress who played her, Laura Sadler, met her own sad and untimely demise in the exact same way about 3 years later. (That is, she fell head first out of a building to her death; but while drunk and drugged up with vodka and cocaine, not while trying to escape a fire).
  • Retroactive Recognition: A very young Alex Kingston played an Alpha Bitch.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The change of signature tune halfway through the run. A generation of Brits who had grown up with the original tinkly Roobarb-style theme tune were alienated overnight.


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