Grange Hill Season 1
S01 E01Feb 8, 1978
Episode 1 Feb 8, 1978 It is the first day at Grange Hill comprehensive for a group of new first years. Most of the focus is on Benny, Judy, Tucker, Trisha, Justin and Ann (who sleeps in). The first years go to the assembly hall to be allocated classes. Tucker immediately gets on the wrong side of Foster by flicking a rubber band at Trisha.Benny, Judy, Trisha and Justin are all allocated to One Alpha, with Mitchell as their form master. He immediately spots Benny's lack of school uniform. This is because his father fell off a crane and injured his back and is unemployed and cannot afford to buy a uniform for him. Tucker's name is absent from the register and he goes with Monroe to find out what class he should be in. Ann turns up late and is given wrong directions by a group of older girls. It turns out both Tucker and Ann are in One Alpha also. Tucker sits in front of Trisha and flicks her ruler up. She retaliates by smacking him over the head with it.
S01 E02Feb 15, 1978
Episode 2 Feb 15, 1978 Benny is almost knocked over by Mitchell's car whilst kicking a football in the school car park. Mitchell reminds Benny of the school football trials after school that day. Benny says that he wants to enter but has no boots to wear. Tucker playfights with friends in the playground. They are caught by Foster. Foster tells Tucker he'll be watching out for him. Tucker tells his friends not to worry about Foster ("the size of this place we'll probably never see him again"). Lo and behold, Foster is to be the PE teacher for the first year class. Benny is late for PE, he mistakenly goes to the girl's changing rooms. When he does find the right gym, Foster tells him that his kit is inadequate, and that he will also need a proper kit, including boots, in order to enter the football trials. Tucker borrows Justin's kit for Benny to wear, but they have no luck with boots. Mitchell puts out an appeal to One Alpha for help in finding boots for Benny. Ann offers to lend her hockey boots to Benny. He is able to play in the football trials.
S01 E03Feb 22, 1978
Episode 3 Feb 22, 1978 Judy complains to her mother that she hates Grange Hill. Her mother gives her 20p to cheer her up. Mitchell gives Tucker detention for sitting in the wrong seat in his class. Benny is told he has been chosen for the school football team. Judy is bullied by a gang of older girls who steal a pen that was given to her by her late grandfather. They tell her she can buy it back for 75p. Trisha intervenes but now both first year girls are cornered. Trisha's older sister Carol saves them however.
S01 E04Mar 1, 1978
Episode 4 Mar 1, 1978 The first year boys have a swimming lesson with Mitchell and Malcolm. Hughes is a "non-swimmer" and has to wear water wings. Tucker, Benny and Alan throw Justin into the pool. Garfield happens to catch them. Tucker steals Justin's trousers from the changing rooms and hangs them outside from the wondow of the form room. The next time the class are at swimming, a boy cuts his foot. Both teachers carry him to the medical bay, and the pupils are sent back into the changing rooms. Benny discovers he has lost a neck medallion in the swimmimg pool. Tucker and co help him look for it, and end up larking about. They throw poolside benches into the water and have a race on them. Justin tells Mr Garfield what has been going on. The boys concerned are banned from swimming for the rest of the year. Tucker then finds that his trousers are now missing. He is walking accross the playground in a bathrobe when Benny waves his trousers from a window, as Tucker did to Justin's before.
S01 E05Mar 8, 1978
Episode 5 Mar 8, 1978 Trisha is helping Rankin, an elderly biology teacher, with various odd-jobs in the lab during lunch breaks. Judy comes to see her in the lab one day when Rankin is away. Trisha decides to show off to Judy by taking a hamster out of its cage. The hamster escapes. Another teacher, Miss Clarke, appears. Although she does not notice the absent hamster she gives Trisha a detention for wearing earrings. It seems the hamster has escaped outdoors. Judy runs to a petshop in an effort to buy a replacement hamster. It costs £1.25. Judy makes it back to the biology lab just before Rankin arrives. He notices the difference immediately. The original hamster comes back also and Rankin says that the replacement was both the wrong colour AND the wrong sex. Rankin lets the girls off with no punishment.
S01 E06Mar 15, 1978
Episode 6 Mar 15, 1978 Benny wears his new school uniform for the first time. Tucker invites Benny and Justin to explore an "old ammunitions dump".They play around for a while but then a van arrives, confirming that the site is still used. The boys try to escape over a wall, in the process Justin falls and is injured. It turned out he has a broken leg and concussion. His parents threaten to remove him from Grange Hill. Tucker and Benny get caned by Starling, with the full approval of their parents ("Its for their own good"). It is the first caning in Grange Hill's history as a comprehensive. Justin will miss the rest of term.
S01 E07Mar 22, 1978
Episode 7 Mar 22, 1978 Doyle is moved into One Alpha from another form. He has been suspected of bullying in the past. He takes an instant dislike to Tucker and Benny. A vote is to be held to determine One Alpha's nomination for the election to determine the first year School Council representative. Trisha, Tucker and Ann all stand for nomination. Trisha withdraws, Doyle (his dad is a real councilor) joins the ballot. Ann is nominated by One Alpha. One of her main first year rivals, Adrian Jones, is campaigning on the grounds that if elected he will remove cricket from the timetable! Ann campaigns on the promise of getting a school tuck shop off the ground. Doyle's friend Robo wins the election but is disqualified when it is revealed he and Doyle have bullied people into voting in his favour. Ann is declared First Year School Council representative.
S01 E08Mar 29, 1978
Episode 8 Mar 29, 1978 Tucker and Benny are messing about, Doyle becomes involved and he accidentally ruins a piece of artwork that Miss Mather's class is producing for the School Festival. He is given 10 hours of detention and is banned from the Festival. He swears revenge. Trisha is given three hours of detention for wearing coloured socks. Miss Mather has managed to borrow two valuable pistols to help with Festival artwork. Doyle steals the pistols as a mark of revenge, but Tucker sees him leaving the art room. Once the theft is discovered, it is threatened that the Festival will be canceled. Ann suggests that an amnesty should be called - the pistols can be returned with no punishment for the thief, and the Festival could then go ahead. Tucker and co beat up Doyle. The pistols are returned. It is unclear whether this is down to the amnesty or the beating.
S01 E09Apr 5, 1978
Episode 9 Apr 5, 1978 Trisha is in trouble for the use of cosmetics in school. Mitchell loses his temper and sends a letter to her parents. Trisha intercepts the letter, and runs away from school. Doyle has been picking on Benny for being "poor" and Benny runs away also. Mitchell goes out looking for Trisha. Trisha is in the local Civic Centre and she finds Benny there also. They discuss their problems. Mitchell finds them and he says that if they turn up at school the next day, he will not report their truanting.