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Channel 4 chose Redmond's plans from the pitches presented to it and within months production had begun.The premise of the serial at its inception was to focus on seven teenagers living in the city of Chester, and in particular to deal with teenage rites of passage.Originally broadcast as one episode per week, in 2011 it is being shown five times weekly.Audience numbers have varied over its lifespan, with viewing figures well below one million being contrasted with highs of four million.
Marquess stepped down from the role after one year and Gareth Philips took his position.
The first episode aired on 23 October 1995 and achieved an audience of three million in the UK.
The seven principal characters were Natasha Andersen (played by Shebah Ronay), Kurt Benson (Jeremy Edwards), Jambo Bolton(Will Mellor), Maddie Parker (Yasmin Bannerman), Dawn Cunningham (Lisa Williamson), Louise Taylor (Brett O'Brien) and Tony Hutchinson (Nick Pickard).
The series, which aired once per week, was initially panned by television critics and was subject to adverse press attention, However it proved popular with the teenage audience at which it was aimed. Redmond did have to adjust the style of the series somewhat as audience opinion was found to be that in fact the programme concentrated too much on humour and not enough on serious storylines.
An early example of the change in style to issue-focussed storylines was seen when Redmond wrote out the character of Natasha, killing her off with a spiked drink.
The suggestions came from Grange Hill viewers but Redmond was unable to pursue the idea at the time due to his production commitments with another successful television drama serial, Brookside.