Max takes up the tuba. Alec and Judi get locked in a storeroom then when Alec's careless match starts a fire, and the only exit is the window, Judi falls to her death.

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Sam Bardens ...
Adam Hawkins
Kate Bell ...
Kelly Bradshaw
Francesco Bruno ...
Thomas Carey ...
Alec Jones
Sally Geoghegan ...
Mark Gillis ...
Mr. Chapman
Joanne Hildon ...
Cathy
Tam Hoskyns ...
Mrs. Betterton
John J. Joseph ...
Ian Hudson (as John Hudson)
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Stuart Organ ...
Jalpa Patel ...
Anika Modi
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The occupants of Grange Hill seem set to become stir crazy when heavy rain makes it impossible to go outside. Max hears a brass band practising somewhere, and seeks it out. The music teacher is skeptical of Max's enthusiasm, because previously he's never lasted very long with any instrument - but perhaps there is one instrument he could tackle... A short while later, Zoe and Adam hear a noise like an elephant dying - it's Max trying out the tuba! Later, Max is determined to play the instrument - if only he could take it home to practise. Cathy, Alec's social worker, encounters him outside school, finding him in a badly depressed mood. She tells him the address of a hostel to stay at, but Alec has other ideas and heads into school, stealing a couple of sandwiches from some Year Sevens on the way in. He encounters Wayne on the way (who is his usual aggressive self), and then steps into the Headmaster's office. In art, Kelly and Evelyn muck around, and accidentally spill paint on Judi's ... Written by Geffers

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Shocking, thoughtful, drama
13 February 2008 | by (Bletchley) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe this is Children's television: the final scene is heart-breaking. Watching this episode is very difficult, impossible to do without finding tears in my eyes at the end. Tears because of the sadness that some four years after this episode was shown, by a cruel twist of fate, the actress playing Judi, Laura Sadler, herself died after falling from a balcony. In the next episode, Mr. Robson reads a eulogy for Judi - "a young life cut short in such a shocking way" - and this could apply so easily to Laura as well. But, at the time, this was just another episode in a long-running drama, convincingly acted by Laura Sadler and Thomas Carey (as Alec). Shocking, thoughtful, well-written drama, not contrived, endless, soap, or childish fantasy, and the sort of thing that will be sorely missed under the new regime at the BBC.


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