As the final bell is rung at Grange Hill we reveal a little-known secret
PUBLISHED: 12:12 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009
Iconic TV show was filmed at Hatfield school THE BBC s decision to axe school drama Grange Hill after 30 years may have upset people of all ages across Times Territory - but are you aware of the show s links with our area? Well as it happens, film
Iconic TV show was filmed at Hatfield school
THE BBC's decision to axe school drama Grange Hill after 30 years may have upset people of all ages across Times Territory - but are you aware of the show's links with our area?
Well as it happens, filming for the famous children's TV show actually took place at the old St Audrey's School in Hatfield.
The BBC made use of the old site on Travellers Lane, near where Hatfield Leisure Centre and a new housing estate is now, as it was empty after the school merged with Onslow secondary school in the late 1980s.
Series 12 was filmed at the school between 1988 and 1989 and one episode even featured students from the Hatfield school.
One of those students included the WHT's deputy and sports editor Alan Davies, who appeared in episode 20 of the series and can claim to have been part of the feared Mr Bronson's leaving party.
Ex-Onslow boy Alan said: "Students were invited to appear as extras in the prom, so I thought it would be a good claim to fame.
"They used the old hall at St Audrey's which was empty. It was meant to be a fancy dress party but I don't think I even dressed up.
"I have also since found out that another extra that day was Dani Behr, so technically I've actually been partying with Dani Behr!"
Readers may be surprised to find out that Hatfield has staged the famous show, and it also came as a shock to current Onslow St Audrey's headteacher Caroline Allen when the WHT contacted her this week.
She said "I had absolutely no idea that it was filmed here.
"The programme was a personal favourite of mine as a child.
"It is nice to learn about an interesting piece of this school's history that I didn't know."
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Show was a stepping stone to stardom
Filming at the St Audrey's site featured some cast members who went on to further stardom. Here is a brief outline of what happened to a select few...
John Alford: Played Robbie Wright, the now 36-year-old also played a fireman in London's Burning. He appeared in Grange Hill's 'Just Say No' anti-drugs campaign, but in 1999 was jailed for nine months after being convicted of supplying drugs to an undercover tabloid reporter.
Michelle Gayle: Played Fiona Wilson, who was most notably part of a rap duo named Fresh 'n' Fly. She later went on to have a successful pop career of her own, her biggest chart hit being Sweetness which reached number four in 1994. The 37-year-old also appeared in EastEnders as Hattie, and in 2003 appeared in Reborn in the USA.
Sean Maguire: Played Terence 'Tegs' Ratcliffe. The 31-year-old went on to appear in The Bill, EastEnders and Holby City. He also pursued a pop career, but never managed a solo top 10 hit.
George Christopher: Played Liverpudlian character Ziggy Greaves from 1986 to 1989. The 37-year-old later went on to play Jimmy Corkhill junior in Channel 4 soap Brookside.
Dani Behr: Appeared as an extra in series 12, episode 20, as a girl at the bar. The 36-year-old former Big Breakfast presenter also dated footballers Les Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs.
# Give us a call if you know of any others who made it big.