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Benny From Grange Hill Or The Fleeting Nature Of Fame

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If you are my age you will have grown up with Grange Hill, Phil Redmond's ground breaking drama about a London comprehensive school. You may not have seen that Benny, aka Terry Sue-Patt, had died at 50, seemingly of natural causes. His body had lain undiscovered in his flat for at least 3 week. Terry Sue-Patt was the first person to appear in the hit childrens TV drama.

In an excellent article Simon Hatterstone looks at the back story and what become of other cast members. It seems that Terry wasn't some washed up alcoholic former actor, dying alone and unloved but had a big family and many friends dating back as far as the iconic Grange Hill years.... and yet, and yet, seemingly no-one noticed his passing.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/27/grange-hill-benny-green-death-simon-hattenstone

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It's very sad. Only 50. Yes I thought Grange Hill was excellent.

This guy didn't get the success he deserved. :blink:

Could have been a footballer apparently.

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If you are my age you will have grown up with Grange Hill, Phil Redmond's ground breaking drama about a London comprehensive school. You may not have seen that Benny, aka Terry Sue-Patt, had died at 50, seemingly of natural causes. His body had lain undiscovered in his flat for at least 3 week. Terry Sue-Patt was the first person to appear in the hit childrens TV drama.

In an excellent article Simon Hatterstone looks at the back story and what become of other cast members. It seems that Terry wasn't some washed up alcoholic former actor, dying alone and unloved but had a big family and many friends dating back as far as the iconic Grange Hill years.... and yet, and yet, seemingly no-one noticed his passing.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/27/grange-hill-benny-green-death-simon-hattenstone

Interesting post, not sure if the Guardian is being bi-polar though:

Following the death of his brother Michael in 1989, in a car crash in which he was a passenger, Sue-Patt became increasingly dependent on alcohol. In recent times, he also struggled financially.

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/may/28/terry-sue-patt

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There were two girls on that I really fancied. Forget one of them but the other was called, IIRC, Paula Wilcox(?) who later appeared in soft porn mag, got her boobies out and was rumoured to have dated Michael Winner.

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There were two girls on that I really fancied. Forget one of them but the other was called, IIRC, Paula Wilcox(?) who later appeared in soft porn mag, got her boobies out and was rumoured to have dated Michael Winner.

You've got two in one - Paula (Bland) sold her body in Mayfair, while her mate sold her story about dating Winner...

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A teen actress from a late 90s episode Grange Hill played a character who died after falling from a burning school block - a couple of years later the actress, high on coke, died for real after falling from her apartment... :o

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Ok I'm Benny's age but really don't have any nostalgia for Grange Hill. By then I was two years from leaving school and in the third or fourth year of secondary school. One assumes that Tucker and co were third years playing first years in 1978. It was bad enough going to school let alone having to watch it when you got home.

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...whereas I was born in 1979 and had Blue Peter or Grange Hill in the 5.30 slot. Used to watch BP religiously and turn off Grange Hill; perhaps that's why I grew up loving bodging stuff and have never had any interest in soaps. The only storyline I can in any way remember is when Zammo got hooked on Heroin and nicked Mr Bronson's new Austin Maestro...and I think I only remember that because of the iconic shot of Bronson going mental at the spray painted outline of his former car! Also I love Maestos of course :wub: .

RIP to the fella even though I can't remember him.

Grange hill did influence one of my favourite bands of the last 15 years- they referenced Zammo in "Guns Don't Kill People", and then went for the full on sample in this NSFW followup on their next album:

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Paula Bland played Clare Scott. At the age of 11 I thought she was the epitome of unattainable female beauty! I had no idea she'd appeared in Mayfair though. A quick google reveals she looked a bit awkward about the whole thing.

I've always suspected Grange Hill was intended as a massive piece of propaganda for the comprehensive school system. If it was it probably backfired considerably since most of the storylines seemed designed to terrify middle class parents.

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