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Big School: what education dramas tell us about ourselves

16 August 2013 10:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the classic Grange Hill to David Walliams' new comedy, school-based television holds up a mirror to Britain in more ways than one

Late in his life, the great American author John Updike would reflect with bemusement that the piece of his writing that had brought most public acclaim and reaction was not any of his 23 novels (including his masterpiece, The Rabbit Quartet) or hundreds of short stories but a comment piece for the New Yorker about the increasing impenetrability of anti-child safety lids on pill bottles.

The lesson of that story is that people often like to recognise their own experience in entertainment, which is why there is so much fiction – on the page and on screen – about losing and finding love. And, as those other inevitabilities, death and taxation, are considered too grim for peak-time TV, it also explains why there are so many TV shows set in classrooms and/or staffrooms. »

- Mark Lawson

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Looking back at Grange Hill

16 May 2013 2:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Jason D'Allison 17 May 2013 - 07:08

Grange Hill. The only school kids ever seemed to be interested in. Us included…

At your school, did anyone die in the swimming pool? Did you have to contend with vicious bullies (and we’re talking about the teachers!)? Did everyone have London accents coarse enough to strip the paint off the classroom doors? Yes? Flippin’ ’eck, you must have gone to Grange Hill!

If you grew up in the 1980s but don’t have a fondness for Grange Hill, there’s probably only one explanation: you were banned from watching it. Yep, for those of us who could get away with it, this rites-of-passage drama series about the pupils of a north-London comprehensive was must-see television, but by parents and teachers it was generally despised. It all started in 1978, and continues to this day (just about), but its golden age was undoubtedly the 1980s. »

- louisamellor

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