Grange Hill. Series Two – Episode Two

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Written by Phil Redmond. Tx 5th January 1979

Benny’s still under suspicion and it’s enough to make him disinclined to go to school. So his parents decide to pay Mr Llewellyn a visit.

This particular story is wrapped up by the end of the episode, which does feel a little rushed (had it played out over a few more episodes then much more drama could have been mined from it). Over the years, we’ll see how Grange Hill would begin to interweave numerous plot-lines across the season. Although having said that, when Andrew Stanton is introduced in the next episode it’ll begin a storyline that isn’t resolved until the fourth series!

The true culprit is caught and punished, but it still leaves Benny feeling hurt and upset. Was he victimised because of the colour of his skin and his poor background? It’s interesting that the previous episode is quite explicit in showing how Benny came by his fifty pence (he found it lying on the ground on the way to school). Had they not done this, then there might have been some doubt as to whether he was telling the truth when he protested his innocence..

We also bid farewell to Judy as she leaves Grange Hill for Brookdale – although she’ll reappear in the final episode of series two.

4 thoughts on “Grange Hill. Series Two – Episode Two

  1. I was amused by Judy’s leave taking with Tricia “yeah bye then” and Cathy. These days it would be all tears and hugging and emotion. How different we were then!

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  2. Judy’s reasons for having to switch school are not explained very well considering Brookdale is close enough to have been both an alternative destination for some of the class’s primary school friends and for an after school football match to be played (and later to be merged into Grange Hill). All this implies that both schools and her new home are all in the same borough so were the rules on catchment areas really so strict back then (and a practice nationwide) that this wasn’t deemed necessary to explain? These days a child is usually able to stay at a school despite a move though younger siblings may find it harder to get a place (and for younger children it’s also hard to a secondary place at the same school as their friends).

    Alternatively is this yet another of Mr Llewellyn’s changes?

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  3. I have always been puzzled about Judy’s departure in the second episode.

    If they were discontinuing the character, why bring her back anyway just for the first two episodes of Series 2?

    I found this plot a little odd – surely if Judy was switching schools, wouldn’t it have been more prudent for her to leave GH at the end of the previous term and start her new school at the start of the new term.

    The fact she attends Grange Hill for a week or two before leaving just seems out of place.

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    • Presumably it was felt they wanted a slightly tougher character as Trisha’s friend and so introduced Cathy. Because she’s briefly present and the beginning and end of S2 it certainly wasn’t because the actor was unavailable.

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