Grange Hill is returning to our screens in film form

We’ve already been treated to a few comebacks of classic TV shows in the past year, from the highly anticipated Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That… to the internet-breaking Friends reunion special. And it looks like the trend for nostalgia isn’t going anywhere, with the rumoured return of Desperate Housewives and a new Grange Hill movie on the cards.

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That’s right, iconic high school drama Grange Hill is being made into a film by its original creator, Phil Redmond, who’s also behind TV series such as Brookside and Hollyoaks. Speaking to The Guardian, he revealed that he’s already got a script ready and is hoping to begin casting soon. But perhaps the best news is that Phil also hopes that former actors from the show will return.

This isn’t the first time he’s discussed a Grange Hill movie, though. Way back in 2006 Phil said he was working on a script for release the following year.

Grange Hill first aired in 1978 and took the nation by storm thanks to its intense plots. It covered a range of important storylines, from sexuality, teen pregnancy, drug addictions, gun crime, disability, HIV and many more.

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The original BBC series ended after 30 years but the creator, who spent time teaching after the show, isn’t done with it just yet. Phil said: ‘We’ve been through four school-rebuilding programmes in my lifetime, but it’s not about bricks and mortar, it’s about getting the best out of every pupil.

‘How will ripping schools out of communities solve anything? Or making catchment areas so big that kids have to travel miles to be with their friends? That’s the thesis of the [Grange Hill] movie: it’s decided the school is costing too much to maintain so it should be knocked down, the land sold and proceeds used to build a new one and replenish local coffers.

‘I’ve always had a strand about kids having the same emotions and fears, aspirations and phobias as everybody else. They only lack the life experience. Rather than riots in the dining hall, this time their voices are heard through social media, a rebuttal unit run by the school geek against council propaganda.’

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Phil thinks a film would work better than a TV series in this case, because television has ‘lost the wider ambition’. Comparing Grange Hill to other school-based dramas, like Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge and Netflix hit Sex Education, he said those shows ‘look at the characters in the precinct, not the influence of the wider community’.

If you need a Grange Hill fix ASAP, all of the episodes are available to watch on Britbox.