Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond has confirmed old characters from the original series will be returning for the upcoming movie.
Appearing on today’s BBC Breakfast, Redmond did, however, tell presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt that he has the unenviable task of deciding which familiar faces would be returning as grown ups in the film adaptation.
Earlier in the programme, Zammo McGuire actor Lee Macdonald was very coy when asked if he’d been approached for the reboot, with Naga revealing that off-camera Phil was ‘holding his head in his hands’.
‘Lesson learned, do not trust these actors,’ teased Naga.
Phil explained: ‘I’ve got to sit in a room and make a decision who will and who will not and that’s going to be really difficult.
‘We won’t be able to bring back all of them but it’s going to be fun.’
Regardless, we have a little while to wait as production hasn’t even started and auditions are booked in for later this year.
Urging very excited fans to calm down, Phil said: ‘We’ve only just started working through the script and we go into production this year for release next year so if anyone wants to form an orderly queue in the casting line, they can just wait a couple of months that would be great.’
Grange Hill began in 1978, tacking a vast range of hard-hitting storylines, which was a first in children’s television.
After 30 years of continually airing, it came to an end but now Redmond thinks there is more than enough to cover in its return.
‘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,’ he told Guardian.
‘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 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.’
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am. Grange Hill is available to stream on Britbox.
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