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      13.12.2001 22:39
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      Hope and Glory is a BBC drama set in a 'failing' inner London school, seen though the eyes of the headmaster. The head is Ian St.George, played by Lenny Henry who is a trouble-shooting teacher. He is young yet dynamic and turns down a well-paid, influential government position to save Hope Park Comprehensive School. He realises that the children there needed help far more than he needed a comfortable job. After much soul-searching, he decided the children require him more than the government. This drama series is set in an economically depressed area. The only school, Hope Park Comprehensive is close to closure, due to its poor standards. Hope and Glory also stars Amanda Redman as Debbie Bryan, Clive Russel as Phil Jakes and Lee Warburton as Tony Elliott. The main school in an economically depressed area, Hope Park Comprehensive has been on the verge of closing for years. Things begin to look up when dynamic young Ian George replaces the weary headmaster Neil Bruce (Peter Davison). The plot is strong and very well written, adapted from the story written by Lucy Gannon. It allows the audience to empathise with the needs of the children and staff alike. It draws you in, placing you in the situation, wanting to beat the system and thus the local education authority. The situations the school finds itself in are realistic and the sympathetic acting works well. Lenny Henry stars in this BBC drama series as a successful school headmaster who turns down a lucrative ministerial job to help turn around a failing inner-city grammar school. Peter Davison appears in the first episode as the outgoing head. He delivers an excellent performance when he completely loses it during a farewell party and ends up screaming at all the jeering students and telling them exactly how worthless each of them are. Phil Jakes and Debbie Bryan are staff teachers who have to be convinced that Ian George’s rash decisions will work, as he tries to stave
      off an inevitable heart attack. Ian is not liked by every member of the teaching staff, but can he win the confidence of his deputy head Phil Jakes and deal with the incompetent geography teacher Jan Woolley (Pippa Guard) thus preventing Hope Park from closing? Only time will tell! It is a drama, which touches the heart. The audience is drawn to watching. Ian immediately wins over the head of the board of governors, Dennis Hill (Philip Whitchurch) and new teacher Debbie Bryan. It is unlike any other drama on the television at present as it is not medical or police orientated, it is related to education. The target audience for this drama has links with either a parent, grandparent or even as the pupil. It is like being at school again, but you are now allowed in the staff room. Well done BBC, I hope you can produce another series following the dramatic close to the series. I particularly like Hope and Glory, the drama staring Lenny Henry, because it shows teachers getting an adrenaline rush from being in the profession. Hope and Glory reinforced this with story lines like a young English teacher inspiring a set of difficult pupils. The school in the drama is clearly a difficult one, yet the audience is also privilege to the funny side of the teaching profession. I must admit I have watched the re-runs on UK Gold and loved them just as much. Please watch it next time it is on as I think you will love it. Teaching is a profession that requires dedication. Hope and Glory shows both the good and bad parts of the profession in a light-hearted fashion. Many criticise it as making a mockery of teaching. Yes there are grave errors but at the end of the day, it is design for the television audience and the humdrum life of a teacher does not boast the viewing figures! The television series Hope and Glory was first screened in 1999-2000. There were a total of sixteen episodes made with a runtime of 60 minutes.

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        08.11.2000 00:56
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        I can’t describe to you how excellent this drama was. It came on BBC 1 and I really think that it was one of the best dramas they have screened for a long time. The series just concluded this Sunday, and I can’t tell you how sad it was. It stars Lenny Henry as George the Head teacher, I can’t believe what a good actor he is, the transformation from the person we know him on the screen, the comic was just brilliant. In ‘Hope and Glory’ he plays the cool head teacher who is desperately trying to do well at ‘Hope Pride School. On Sunday Mr George died of a heart-attack it was just so sad, we had grown to love this character, he was so charismatic, made you want a head teacher like him when you were at school. I couldn’t tell you how sad it was just that my throat went dry for ages. It was one of the best school set dramas ever. The drama looked at the staff and how they coped with the difficult situations they were put in. This week one of the teacher hit a kid and he was immediately fired, it was him that Mr George was trying to help when he suddenly had a heart attack, and he was supposed to be getting married. I just can’t say anymore, unless you watched it you would agree with me. Please leave a comment and tell me if you enjoyed it as much as me.

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        04.11.2000 15:40
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        Lenny Henry, not the first actor that springs to mind when you talk of a school drama aimed at adults. I think he takes the part well. Lenny plays super-head Ian George in a failing school placed on 'Special Measures' His menacing glare to pupils and colleagues alike is sometimes hard to place anyhere else but a comedy sketch, but tune into the story lines of wayward pupils answering back (never have done that in my day!), snogging teachers in sixth form common rooms, missing hamsters, pregnant girls in Year 11, and it goes down well. The back up cast from ex Corrie stars and Goodnight Sweetheart do well, with the under lying storyline of the head having a relationship with a pupils Mum, which is yet to be discovered. Its easy watching, but a well made drama, and no cops robbers, cash or quizzes involved!

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          29.10.2000 02:03
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          The BBC is becoming the King of drama that is rubbish, I can't tell you how much I hate this programme, as it is a hatred that is only surpassed by Where the Heart is and Jane McDonald off the cruise. The basics of this programme is that it is a adult version of Grange Hill, I say that. But this programme is more of a dumb down version of Grange Hill, as that is a little more daring. The show stars Lenny Henry who is the superhead who can fix any situation, but always has to cause some kind of drama while making a decision, as there is always someone who will not be happy at the result. The storylines are very lame, indeed and would usually end up on the cutting floor of Grange Hill, its the basic student/teacher relationships, or the kid who is living on his own, but scores the winning goal, and everyone loves him in the end. Which makes me cringe, its just so predicatble and safe. Its mindless drivel and I can not recommend it to anyone, if you want to watch something like this, then watch grange hill if its still going.

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          29.10.2000 01:39

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          I have been watching this from the beginning and it is the best TV programme that I have watched. It has funny moments sad moments and even serious moments. I defiantly one to watch. None of my friends watch and it is not over rated at all but sometimes under rated. The best teacher at the moment is the P.E teacher in that story with the Boy the made his girlfriend pregnant, where he showed some more of its class acting. Do not have to watch it for long to get use to the characters. Will the Head die of a bad heart or not. Vote on the commentary.

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          19.10.2000 18:29
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          Hope and Glory is back and just as good this series although with a few new faces. Lenny Henry makes a good Head Teacher and it was great to see him collecting mobile phones off the pupils. Very natural and true to life!! This programme is good in as far as it does storylines from both the pupil and the Teachers side. Lenny Henry is a great actor in this as well as a comedian. He filmed near us once and he is a natural and does not need a script to be funny. Also he hasnt let stardom go to his head.

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          13.10.2000 04:05
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          Hope and Glory is on BBC1 and stars Lenny Henry as a somewhat overworked, overstressed headmaster of a high school that was given up for dead. If you've been watching it since the first series, you'll have watched as the school as been brought back from the brink of closure, pupils have been tamed and staff have come and gone. It's a bit like Grange Hill for grown ups. Lenny Henry is excellent as the headmaster Ian George, and during the first two series we saw him having a bit of a fling with Amanda Redman, who has since left. The writing is excellent - very humourous at times as those who watched last week when the headmaster and his deputy were arrested for being drunk and disorderly on the night before a big inspection visit will have seen. The downside to the programme is that it's only on about 4 nights a series, admittedly for an hour or so at a time, but it's the sort of show that I could watch every week. I hate knowing when the series is about to end and having to wait seemingly months to be able to watch the next series. If you haven;t seen it yet, then you've been missing out on a truly wonderful programme made by the BBC, and let's face it there aren;t that many of them at the moment. But if you're a sky viewer then you can catch up by watching the repeats on UK Gold.

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          03.10.2000 18:20

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          Can't wait to see the start of the new series, think it's this week(3rd October).Lenny Henry has found his niche in this programme, and after a rather pedantic start, the characters are now well formed and are easy to identify with,now we know their backgrounds out of school hours. The relationship between Henry and his deputy head whose name I have forgotten, was one of the headlights even if half the population had already worked out what was going to happen eventually. I see from the tele.magazines that there are two new members of the cast, and that there is a new deputy head this series. I guess Lenny Henry can.t have a relationship with all of them.He his definitely better casted in this than the awful "Chef" series, which consisted of him shouting most of the time in the kitchen. I identified with the plots of the things that happened to the children in the school even if they were slightly exaggerated to make better television.Just hope the newcomers do not spoil a good show,

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          11.08.2000 22:35

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          Sound surprised - well that's because I am. Was a little unsure whether to watch this as I am not a fan of Lenny Henry the funnyman, the only thing that drew me to it was the story line and the fact that Amanda Redman is in it - I like all her stuff. Anyway it is about a school that Lenny has turned round as Headmaster and it involves all the other teachers too. It is easy to watch, holds your interest and makes you tune in for more. Unfortunately they only made 4 episodes in this series but they are due back on again in the Autumn - cant wait.

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          23.07.2000 18:41

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          Just when we're getting into it, the series is cut short. The romance with Debs was going fine, Jakes' life continued to fall apart at a rate of knots, but he still hung in there. Then Ian flips and excomunicates Debs and (fairly, but quite unexpectedly) sacks Jakes. Will they all be back next series? Well no, actually. The BBC have already told us that Amanda Redman has left to film the 2nd series of At Home with the Braithwaites. I presume commitments on the dismal Heartbreak Hotel will keep the Jakes character out, so that leaves us with only one of our 3 main characters. It's just as well that Lenny Henry has proved to be such a very good actor and can hold it whilst we get used to new characters, although the new deputy head, to be played by Phyllis Logan (sounds like good casting to me) shouldn't take too long to find her feet. At least we don't have to wait until next year to find out.

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          21.07.2000 18:08
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          Fancy leaving us on a cliffhanger as the BBC did at the end of the current series. I suppose this is so that we all tune in for the next series!! I, for one, will be tuning in, Lenny Henry provides some good, emotional drama. The situation is a bit false, politically correct and unrealistic but the characters are deep, interesting and certainly elicit the viewer's sympathy. 'Hope and Glory' has certainly improved since the last series, where the drama hardly held together and the characters had not developed well. I'm glad to see that it has reached its drama potential at last!!

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          20.07.2000 18:28
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          An excellent programme! - one of the highlights of the week. the story of a failing school turning its self around to be sucessful is bound to create a good storyline. The chracters created are realistic and well acted and for once the programme has found good child actors which are not sickly sweet!!!! i really recommend this programme to everyone and anyone! - one of the best new drama that has come onto our screen for a long time. I am nopt a huge fan of Lenny Henry but his role as the headteacher in the school suits him ideally! - roll on a new series!

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          19.07.2000 19:52
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          The second series of Hope and Glory did not seem to have me as interested as the first series did. The first series seemed to have more of a storyline, more continuity and not to mention more episodes. I watched the last of four episodes for this series last night and it didn't really seem to end. Lenny Henry and Amanda Redman's characters have unresolved storylines which one would presume would continue in Autumn when the show is said to come back for a third series, however in an interview, Amanda Redman said that she would not do a third series! Not to mention that the scriptwriters appeared to forget about Ian George's heart condition until the last episode! Overall it is entertaining and has comical and dramatic moments so all in all - Grade C not bad but much more room for improvement.

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          19.07.2000 19:22
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          Hope & Glory a excellent drama set in a comprehensive school starring Lenny Henry and Amanda Redman. It focusess more on a small group of staff and children rather than the school as a whole. The first series was very compelling and enjoyable with the introduction of Henry as a top performing headteacher, charged with turning around a failing school. The Second series looks more at the relationships between the staff, the breakup of Phil Jakes' marriage and a few problem kids. The second series has just finished and the question has to be why only make four episodes? The programme was just warming up after it's winter break, and there will be another series in "the Autum", but why cut a good thing short. I only hope that the 3rd series of Hope and Glory is allowed a longer run to allow the development of better story lines and more interaction with the children instead of always focussing on the Teachers.

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          11.07.2000 23:15

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          I have watched this straght from the start becuase being in a public secondary school, i wanted to see whether they portray it in a realistic manner. I have to say that i was quite impresses, because all the things that come to mind when you think of a public school such as angry teachers, violent pupils, horrible conditions where all shown. Hope and Glory is currently in the second series, and so far i have been quite disappointed. Unlike the first series, this series seems to focus on the romance and relationships between the teachers rather than school-life as a whole. This programme has a lot of very good acting, especially Lenny Henry, the PE teacher, and the teacher whom the PE teacher likes (I can't remember there character or actor names). Overall, a very good programme. It is one of the few good programmes to come out of the BBC in many years, but i can't help but feel that the second series isn't as good as the first

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