Grange Hill: Season 9, Episode 1

Episode #9.1 (7 Jan. 1986)

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On his first day at Grange Hill, Ziggy asserts his authority over Imelda Davis. Ant Jones gets into an accelerated spiral of trouble with Mr. Bronson while Danny Kendall just goes back home.



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Episode credited cast:
John Alford ...
Alison Bettles ...
Ruth Carraway ...
George Christopher ...
Ziggy Greaves (as George Wilson)
Mmoloki Chrystie ...
Kevin Baylon
George A. Cooper ...
Michael Cronin ...
Lucinda Curtis ...
Mrs. Reagan
John Drummond ...
Karen Ford ...
John Holmes ...
Simone Hyams ...
Mr. Kennedy
Jonathan Lambeth ...
Karen Lewis ...
Miss Partridge


The first day of term and there are a few changes, and more than a few new faces. Is that a caterpillar above Banksie's lip? Annette's moved to Milton Keynes, the Headmaster has vanished, Zammo's fallen out with Jackie, and Ziggy arrives from Liverpool. A frog in a crisp packet, courtesy of Imelda Davis, causes chaos in assembly. Trevor and Vince hide what they assume to be Ziggy's bag, but it's Ant Jones's who immediately falls into Mr. Bronson's disfavour by arriving late. Caretaker Mr. Griffiths catches Danny Kendall smoking, but Danny decides he'd be better off going home. Mrs. McClusky finds out that the Headmaster has been killed in a car crash. Outside, Ziggy is playing with a spider, explaining that he got his nickname from the Bowie record "Spiders From Mars". Imelda arrives and promptly stamps on it, but she's rewarded by a push into the fountain. Written by Geffers

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Perhaps the best year of Grange Hill?
10 December 2006 | by (Bletchley) – See all my reviews

Series 9, 1986, is usually seen as the best year of Grange Hill's history. Here we have a classic mix of characters, some who are on their way out, or nearly so, (Fay, Roland, Zammo, Jackie), with new characters who are going to be with us for a few more years. We have the entrepreneurial Gonch and Hollo, the bad girl Imelda and her gang, and other pairs: Ziggy & Robbie, Calley & Ronnie, Ant & Georgina, and loner Danny Kendall. The teachers are good too, the incomparable Mr. Bronson, beautiful Miss Booth, and headed by the superb Mrs. McClusky. This season is also the source of the anti-drugs "Just Say No" campaign in Britain, with a single and album released by the cast. In series 9, we see Zammo slowly revealed as a drug addict, losing his friends, and his money, until the final memorable scene of him pathetically scrabbling around on the floor as his precious powder is spilled by girlfriend, Jackie. Series 9 is much longer than previous series - 24 episodes, 25 if you count the Christmas Special that preceded it. 10 out of 10 for this episode, but really that is for the whole of this year's series.

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