Grange Hill, Merseyside

I happened to catch a little bit of children’s TV classic Grange Hill yesterday. I was rather shocked to discover that since I last saw it, it has become a) crap and b) Liverpudlian.

The latter seems particularly absurd, since for the last twenty-five years Grange Hill has appeared to be in London and its pupils have all clearly been Southerners.

Perhaps the school’s new Scousers-only intake policy accounts for the fact that it is so underpopulated at present (there are only three people in the sixth form, according the official website). But it is hard to see how Scousers are supposed to benefit from a head of IT who delivers his lines like Tony Blair and is almost as unrealistic.

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