Written by David Angus. Tx 10th February 1989
Georgina receives a disturbing phone call – a heavy breather. Who can it be? Trev’s been pestering her all year, making him fhe most likely suspect, but Helen decides that Ziggy is the guilty party. Nope, don’t understand that. I’m undecided whether we’re seriously supposed to think that Ziggy might be a phone pest or whether this is just another slightly misfiring plot point.
Helen’s all dolled up as she’s off to start her work experience. The affable Mr Aldridge (Jack Galloway) gives her a whistle-stop tour of the engineering plant. She takes in the drawing office, the accounts department and the C.A.D. (computer aided design) room before finally ending up on the works floor.
There’s a vague hint of sexism along the way. A computer chap gives her a wink (steady on fella, she’s underage) whilst we’re also set up to expect some shop-floor dissent from her fellow workers next time. However, I’ve the feeling that Helen will easily wipe the floor with the bolshy lad who thinks that women and heavy machinery shouldn’t mix ….
Susi finally confesses to her mother about her catalogue borrowing habits, which is good news as it means we can draw this storyline to a conclusion. You have to feel a little sorry for Lynne Radford (Susi). Her two years on the show were drawing to an close and this was her most substantial contribution.
Possibly it was her decision to drop out after series twelve or maybe the production team felt Susi was unlikely to develop much further. With both Justine and Chrissy already established as strong characters, it’s easy to imagine that Susi would have been pushed even more to the sidelines next year.
Calley continues to be something of a lone voice in support of Mr Bronson. She makes the very reasonable point that Danny was no saint (and quickly dismisses Fiona’s rather feeble defence that Danny only acted like he did because of his illness).
A slight plot contrivance later finds Calley and Mr Bronson alone in the classroom. She attempts to breech the awkward silence, but her well meaning comment of “we don’t all hate you” possibly wasn’t the most tactful remark ever! This encounter, whether indirectly or directly, does seem to spark Mr Bronson back into life though.
Later, he decides that he will attend the Isle of Wight field trip after all (which was in jeopardy after he decided to pull out). The way he doesn’t react when Mrs McClusky mentions that she’s thinking of allowing the pupils to bring their motorbikes into school is also interesting.
Mandy has devised a plan, which Mrs McClusky is considering, re the bikes. Ronnie seems less than impressed when she finds out though (but I think we can chalk this down to the fact that Mandy and Gonch are increasingly becoming an item). Does Ronnie still pine for Gonch? It seems hard to credit, but this is Grange Hill – where strange things happen every day.
Speaking of strange things, we learn who’s been hiding out in the school. It’s Tegs of course, and now he has Justine for company. But this storyline suddenly becomes a little less predictable when the camera reveals that there’s someone else left in school besides the two of them. It can’t be Mr Griffiths, as we’ve already seen him leave, so who is it?
Hopefully it won’t be the Grange Hill ghost.
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Susi’s character was written out, she wanted to stay in, according to an interview with her on Grange Hill Gold.
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I find that surprising given that they promptly introduced a replacement third wheel for Chrissy and Justine in Natalie. So it clearly wasn’t the role that was considered redundant and I can only assume they thought either the character or the actress wasn’t working.
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No idea why the girls decide it was Ziggy making the heavy breathing phone call to Georgina when it’s Trevor who’s been behaving as such a lecher around her for several episodes! Very odd and most unfair on Ziggy who can be a prankster but he’s no sex pest.
Just to point that that there is no episode eleven commentary here. We jump from ten to twelve. I can’t believe you didn’t watch it, being such a completist, so perhaps is just didn’t get labelled or filed in the blog correctly.
I had also read that Susi got written out which is a shame as the actress was fine, certainly not bad. Not the most interesting of characters, perhaps, but certainly a type that would have resonated with many viewers of a similar age.
Anyone else see Mr Aldridge stride into the secretarial office and think of Matt Berry in The IT Crowd?
It must be incorrectly tagged, I’ll have a look when I’ve a minute.
Really, all you need to do to find the episode eleven commentary is click on the previous post tag above!