We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, TV was just better when we were kids! When we weren’t watching cartoons we couldn’t get enough of the live action TV shows that were aimed us. Here are 10 of the best of those shows.
Stand back Superman, Iceman, Spiderman, Batman and Robin too! With a great theme tune sung by the one only Billy Conolly, It was 1985 when Supergran burst onto our screens. It chronicled the adventures of Granny Smith who developed super powers after being hit by a magic ray! An elderly grandmother, Granny Smith (Gudrun Ure), acquires superpowers when she is accidentally hit by a magic ray created by Inventor Black (Bill Shine). Under the guise of ‘Super Gran’, she protects the residents of the fictional town of Chiselton from villains such as Roderick Scunner Campbell (Iain Cuthbertson) and his gang, The Muscles (Alan Snell and Brian Lewis) and Tub (Lee Marshall, Jason Carrielies). Super Gran was usually accompanied by her grandson, Willard (Iam Towell, Michael Graham) and Inventor Black’s assistant Edison (Holly English, Samantha Duffy).
Episodes were narrated by Bill McAllister.
2. Metal Mickey
Micky Dolenz, formerly of The Monkees pop group, was brought in to produce and direct along with Nic Phillips and David Crossman.
3. Grange Hill
Grange Hill was originally conceived by ATV writer Phil Redmond, who first approached various television companies with the idea in 1975, unsuccessfully. In 1976, he managed to sell the idea to the BBC, and the children’s drama executive Anna Home commissioned an initial series of nine episodes in a trial run, the first being broadcast on 8 February 1978. From the start, the series caused controversy for its real-life, gritty portrayal of school life, which differed from the idealised portrayals of earlier school dramas. Redmond has said that he wasn’t really able to start pushing the boundaries until later series. This led to Redmond being summoned to lunch by BBC bosses and forced to agree that there would be no further series unless he toned things down. Grange Hill’s highest profile period was undoubtedly the mid-late 1980s. One of the most famous storylines during this time was that of Zammo McGuire, played by Lee Macdonald, and his addiction to heroin. This storyline ran over two series (1986–87) and focused on Zammo’s descent into drugs and how it strained his relationship with girlfriend Jackie and friend Kevin. The show’s other favourite characters during this period were Gonch and Hollo, played by John Holmes and Bradley Sheppard. During his time at the school (1985–89) Gonch took part in many moneymaking schemes, most of which were unsuccessful. There was a comedic element to the duo’s relationship that worked well with viewers. Script editor Anthony Minghella, who worked on the series for several years during the 1980s, later won an Academy Award for Best Director for the film The English Patient in 1996.