Grange Hill legend says people still call him by character’s name 35 years on

Grange Hill legend Lee MacDonald says everyone calls him Zammo rather than his real name.

He played Zammo Maguire in the iconic BBC children’s series and was involved in the show’s most memorable storyline.

Zammo got hooked on heroin, leading to him and the cast releasing anti-drugs single Just Say No in 1986.

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As well as still acting, the 55-year-old has owned and run Mentor Lock & Safe locksmiths in Wallington, south London.

He said: "If I’m not out filming and I’m back in my shop, I’ll get people come in and call me Zam, even though they’ve know me for 10 or 15 years, they will call me Zam.

"That’s not as a p**s take, they go, ‘Oh, Zam can you come sort this out? “I don’t mind, I’ve got no problem with that."

Lee puts the show's enduring appeal down to the viewers' own school days being echoed in the storylines.

"People have got such fond memories of Grange Hill. I just love it and I want to reminisce with them," he added.

"It’s something that I am really proud of."

In 2008, the BBC announced that Grange Hill would end after 30 years on ai.

However, fans were delighted last year when the return of the series was announced.

Creator Sir Phil Redmond confirmed that work on a film was underway, with the reboot expected to hit our screens sometime in 2023.

Speaking to The BBC, Sir Phil explained that the film will give viewers a "realistic view of what education is like now," and has been written by the Grange Hill creator alongside original English teacher Mr Green star Celyn Jones.

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"You just go out as honestly as you can and try to reflect society as it is, try to be as truthful as you can within the bounds of fiction and do the research properly," said Sir Phil.

"One of the things I've always done is work with great young teams to actually deliver the vision.

"So we'll just take a look at the way Britain is now, and not the way policymakers would like us to think it is. We will take a realistic view of what education is like now and what that means to kids going through it."

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