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Grange Hill R.I.P

Like me, Grange Hill the BBC’s school-based children’s series, turns thirty this year, unlike me it is being killed off by BBC bosses. Apparently the consensus is that it is no longer relevant to today’s youth. Rather peculiar that, given the fact that kids, do indeed still go to school.

Still, for all that, it’s not like I watched the programme since Sean Maguire was in it. I think that the fact that this has even registered with me at all is that the programme seems connected to a time when TV was generally less patronising and obvious. For me Grange Hill will forever be connected to the last glimpses of Reithian paternalism which were still visible through the chinks in the Thatcherite stone-cladding that was slowly coating British institutions and society throughout the 80s and 90s.

Here for old times sake is the original opening credits. I always liked the bit with the sausage.