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He is well-known for creating several popular television series such as Grange Hill (BBC One, 1978—2008), Brookside (Channel 4, 1982—2003) and Hollyoaks (Channel 4, 1995—). For over twenty years he also ran his own independent production company, Mersey Television, before selling the company off in 2005. Redmond also created the daytime legal drama, The Courtroom which was cancelled after 38 episodes.
Early life and career Edit
Redmond grew up in Huyton, Lancashire. He passed the 11 plus examination but was given a place at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, a large Catholic boys school in Kirkby. Upon leaving school at 18 with 4 GCE O Level passes and one A level, he trained as a quantity surveyor. Then in his twenties he decided to try for a career as a writer and he gained a Social Studies Degree from Liverpool University, before writing scripts for TV sitcoms such as The Squirrels. He then came up with the Grange Hill concept in 1978, for which he drew upon his own experience of the Comprehensive system.
He was the Creative Director of Liverpool's 2008 European Capital of Culture.
Emmerdale controversy Edit
In 1993, he caused a large amount of controversy after ITV's Emmerdale brought him in to think of a way to attract larger viewing figures to the soap opera. His solution was a plane crash over the village, killing and wounding many residents. The timing of the storyline — close to the fifth anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster — caused complaints.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to drama.