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Tucker’s Luck

Aggrieved fruit-and-veg seller not picturedGRANGE HILL continued. The unstoppable TODD CARTY was still Tucker Jenkins after he left school. Alan Humphries mooned around like a sleepy bear licking his balls, but no TERRY SUE “Benny” PATT. Birds. Dole. Youth club. Birds. Dole. Youth club. Dole. Much Phil Redmond-scripted rants about how “They didn’t teach us nuffink at school, we’re the disaffected youth”. Chance meeting mid-series with Trisha Yates (a cameo by MICHELLE HIBBERT) led to night-school courses and a career in painting and decorating. Last seen giving his nephew Togger an earful in the last ever ‘Hill.



  1. Angryhead

    November 6, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Although I remember seeing this being broadcast on TV (at tea-times?), I can’t recall if I ever sat and watched an episode.
    I notice from the pic above that two of Tucker’s best mates from Grange Hill aren’t featured (one of ’em was fat… can’t remember either of their names). Do you know who I mean? Were those two in it as well?

  2. thedrumdoctor

    November 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    No sign of the BBC ever releasing this on DVD which is a shame. Great website dedicated to the series here:

    (Incidentally, this site was created by an American!?!?!)

    This show hit home with my generation who left school exactly he same time as the Tucker Jenkins character and faced post-school life on the dole, college or a YTS scheme. I never missed an episode as it mirrored what was going on in 1983 England from a teenager’s POV.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    June 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    OK but by its final series, people weren’t that bothered about someone who had left Grange Hill three years earlier and the Hill was entering its Bronson and Zammo on smack era, which was even more hard hitting than the Tucker years. Also I wouldn’t have minded the BBC doing a one off with Gripper Stebson a year after he was expelled.

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