Published on August 29th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Iconic Back To School TV Shows and Films
With the Back To School period around the corner, we thought we’d delve back in time to reminisce on some classic TV shows and films related to school life!
Do you remember finishing school and switching on the television to catch up on the latest episode of Byker Grove? Perhaps you had The Breakfast Club on video and watched it on repeat? Whichever your favourite after-school watch was, there have been some great TV shows and films based on school life throughout the years. Here are a few that we picked out.
Beginning its television run in 1978, Grange Hill was a children’s drama series created and aired by the BBC. The show was ground-breaking in its approach to school-related issues and mature storylines not usually seen in children’s television shows at the time. Taking place in the fictional school of Grange Hill within the also fictional Borough of Northam, Grange Hill went on to span almost 30 years, before its final episode aired on the 15th of September 2008. It’s popularity amongst its younger audience spanned a series of novels and a video game too.
The Breakfast Club
Held in regard as one of the greatest high school films of all time by critics, The Breakfast Club was released in 1985. Starring acclaimed actors such as Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, the film’s storyline revolves around a group of teenagers whose lives seemingly change after spending a Saturday in detention with the school principle. Known as the ‘Brat Pack’, the story touches on some of the complexities of teenage life and the expectations that often come with making friendships within school. The opening and closing credits of the film features Simple Minds’ hit track ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ which has become as iconic as the film itself today.
Saved By The Bell
Featuring a quirky set of high school friends in both comedic and serious social situations, Saved By The Bell was an instant hit when it first aired in the USA in 1989. With relatable characters such as ‘Screech’, ‘Slater’, ‘Lisa’, ‘Zack’ and ‘Kelly’, the show initially ran until 1993, with several spin offs and two films also spanning from the popular series. Packed full of catchy catchphrases, wacky graphics and an infectious theme song, Saved By The Bell was named as one of the ’20 Best School Shows of all Time’ by AOL TV recently.
With an insight into the journey from childhood to adulthood, Byker Grove stands out as one of the more controversial and thought-provoking dramas to be broadcast on the BBC for a teenage audience. Running from 1986 to 2006, the show took place in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England. Although not set inside of a school building, the teenage drama would still show characters attending school classes at certain points in each episode and dealt with issues associated within and outside of education. The series might probably be best known for helping to launch the careers of Ant and Dec, who took the roles of ‘P.J’ and ‘Duncan’, along with providing a first break to actresses Jill Halfpenny and Donna Air to only name a few.
Last Minute Back to School Preparation
With all this nostalgia, you might have only just realised that Back to School is only a few short days away! Luckily, the Post Office Shop has a wide range of School Essentials to help prepare any child or young adult for their return back to education, whether it’s for their first day or for their final year! We’ve even got the teachers covered too, with the Helix Geometry School Class Pack – perfect for use in a classroom of up to 30 pupils.