Icons Merge as Grange Hill Meets the Cavern; Soap Blurs the Boundaries for Capital of Culture Year

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Icons Merge as Grange Hill Meets the Cavern; Soap Blurs the Boundaries for Capital of Culture Year


Byline: BY MIKE CHAPPLE Daily Post Staff

GRANGE HOI - like the city where it's now produced - is a TV series that's become something of a great survivor as one of the longest-running shows on British TV.

So it's fitting that one of the episodes in the 31st series deliberately celebrates Liverpool's Capital of Culture status.

It's also symbolic that it should be in the home of its creator Phil Redmond, now a leading light in the Culture Company of course, who first saw his school soap baby delivered to TV screens way back in 1978.

Yesterday the show's "pupils" were being filmed for the episode at some of the city's most famous landmarks, before a special shoot at The Cavern club in Mathew Street.

"We thought it would be appropriate that as part of the plot the kids should win a trip to Liverpool as part of Capital of Culture year," said its writer/ producer David Hanson, who has worked on other Redmond creations Brookside and Hollyoaks, as well as the grand dame of soap, ITV's Coronation Street.

The half-hour episode, one of 20 due to be broadcast early next year on the BBC children's channel CBBC, focuses on three principal characters Tigger, Alex and Ed who are banned from the prize-winning coach trip - but somehow manage to stow away on board.

After a wild goose chase across the city they end up at The Cavern, just in time to see a performance by their heroes, the young human beatbox band Crew 82, who were real-life finalists in the recent TV talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

Since the fictional north London school was transported for filming to Liverpool in 2003, it has lost its specific location. …

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