|20080904||This autumn, a few weeks into the new term, a school will close in North East London, bringing an end to 30 years of remarkable achievement. It never appears in league tables and doesn't appear on a map, but the fictional comprehensive of Grange Hill has made an important contribution to children's TV, the perception of school life and TV drama in general.|
It was the first ever soap for children and developed a controversial style in dealing with real issues - a style which became common in adult soap operas. But in September the series comes to an end.
Comedian Robin Ince - who grew up watching Grange Hill - looks at the life and times of the series, it controversial storylines, the effect on real life classrooms and its impact on TV drama.