Grange Hill slapped with ‘offensive language’ warning as it launches on Britbox

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Classic children's TV drama Grange Hill has been slapped with a racist and offensive language warning on streaming service Britbox.

The gritty teatime show launched on the channel today with viewers being advised the show features dialogue that would not be permitted in pre-watershed programming today.

The high school drama launched on the BBC back in 1978 and tackled a range of hard-hitting topics from knife crime to heroin addiction.

Britbox – the joint streaming service from the ITV and BBC – is airing the first four series of the much-loved drama as part of a series of vintage shows being offered to audiences to enjoy again during lockdown.

Erkan Mustafa as Roland Browning, Lee Sparke as Jonah Jones and Lee MacDonald as Samuel 'Zammo' Maguire
(Image: PA)

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However, viewers might be surprised to see the drama comes with the following warning: "This hard-hitting classic children’s drama may contain racist language that could offend."

Britbox also describes the much-loved show as a 'groundbreaking and gritty teen drama which deals with the perks and pitfalls of being adolescents including bullying, friendship, first love and loss.'

The drama created by Sir Phillip Redmond,who went on to work on Brookside and Hollyoaks, and was set in a mixed comprehensive school in inner-city London.

The cast of Grange Hill (clockwise from left) Susan Tully, John McMahon, Mark Baxter, Alison Bettles and Todd Carty

Todd Carty went on to appear in EastEnders and made a return to Grange Hill for the finale

The unflinching nature of the show prompted complaints from concerned parents in the 80s who called upon Redmond to 'tone down' some of the grittier storylines.

However, Grange Hill's daring plots were a hit with viewers with an audience of 12 million tuning in at it's peak.

The BBC's decision to axe the long-running series in 2008 was met with a huge outcry from fans.

The final episode saw a return for Todd Carty, who played Tucker Jenkins, one of the show's best loved characters.

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