Grange Hill’s creator thinks the BBC should bring back his school drama to tackle knife crime and web bullying.
Phil Redmond reckons the gritty show would teach a new generation of youngsters about modern dangers.
Asked if it would tackle knife attacks, trolling, sex grooming and homophobia, he told the Radio Times: “All of them, plus Extinction Rebellion and the cult of Greta Thunberg.
“But underscoring them would be the root causes – self-worth, bullying, loneliness, isolation.
“Now, though, they’d be illustrated through the pressures of social media.”
The original show, set in a fictional north London comprehensive, launched in 1978 and ran for 30 years.
It tackled controversial issues such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying and shoplifting.
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With ratings topping 12million, it made household names of cast members such as Lee MacDonald, who played druggie Zammo, Todd Carty as Tucker and Susan Tully as Suzanne Ross.
Redmond also joked he had come up with a plot, saying: “It could be threatened with closure. But a few of the old characters come together to save it.
“Zammo could lead the campaign, remembering how his friends at school brought him back from the brink.”
Last night a spokeswoman for the BBC said: “We have no plans to bring back Grange Hill.”
- Knife Crime
- Extinction Rebellion
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