Grange Hill is to be axed. News has been announced to coincide with its 30th anniversary. Phil Redmond, its creator and also inventor of the now axed Brookside which was much admired early on for its gritty storylines, depictions of trade unionists etc, is not best pleased.

No televisual institution is safe any more it seems. First Top of The Pops, now this. What next? Blue Peter?

NB “Flippin’ ‘Eck” was a pre-watershed BBC phrase deemed acceptable for tea-time viewing when in most schools the popular parlance du jour was “fookin’ ‘ell”.