Grange Hill’s Zammo has backed calls for the popular kids’ show to be brought back to mend broken Britain.
Actor Lee MacDonald reckons its return could help save our kids from being stabbed or driven to suicide by social media bullying.
He wants it to shock modern youngsters by showing the reality of their actions on TV – as he did in 1986 with the show’s hard-hitting anti-drugs message.
The dad-of-two, 51, said: “Grange Hill is what the country needs to educate kids. They’re killing each other. It’s so worrying how easy it is for them to stab another pupil without knowing the consequences.”
The show’s anti-drug song Just Say No had an impact in the 1980s but Lee, who played druggie Zammo McGuire, thinks lessons have been lost.
He believes the power of TV can force politicians into protecting young people.
Lee wants the Government to raise the age limit for using social media to 16 – an issue close to his heart as his kids are secondary school age.
Lee banned them from social media after seeing the damage it can cause.
He said: “We’ve seen so many suicides because of social media bullying.”
Lee’s plea comes after creator Phil Redmond urged the BBC to remake the drama to deal with subjects such as knife crime and gangs.