Grange Hill creator explains why the original title had to be changed to prevent ‘everyone complaining’

Phil Redmond, creator of British drama series such as Hollyoaks and BrooksideShe has revealed why the long-running BBC show Grange Hill had to change his name.

The children’s programme, which originally ran from 1978 to 2008, followed the lives of children attending Grange Hill, a comprehensive school in Northam, north London.

At the time of its final episode, it was one of the network’s longest-running programs, airing every year for 30 years and spanning 31 series.

Now Redmond has explained that the program originally had a different name but switched before the first episode aired to avoid complaints from real schools with the same name.

“It was called Granges Park because that’s an area I worked in St. Helens,” he said recently The Sunday Telegraphas reported by Metro.co.uk.

“I can’t remember if there were too many schools with the Grange Park name or if there weren’t enough, but the legal department said, ‘We’re all going to have to complain, so we have to change it’.”

Grange Hill has often been praised for his dedication to bringing difficult subjects to the screen while presenting them in an age-appropriate way for his viewers.

Topics covered on the show included racism, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, mental health and sexual assault.

On Sunday (14 August) BBC Radio 4 aired a special in which former cast members Todd Carty, Susan Tully and Lee MacDonald reunited to talk about their memories of filming.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/grange-hill-creator-explains-why-original-title-had-to-be-changed-b2145105.html Grange Hill creator explains why the original title had to be changed to prevent ‘everyone complaining’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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