I couldn’t help noticing that the latest movie in the section marked “unneccessary remake” opened on Friday.
I was only 11 or 12 when the original film came out and so was a bit young to go see it at the cinema. I didn’t see it until several years later on home video.
I do, however, vividly remember regularly watching the Fame spin-off TV series, which began in 1982 and aired on BBC1 in the UK for several years.
At the height of the show’s popularity, the young stars, under the group name of The Kids From Fame, had a handful of hit singles in the UK and released several successful albums (would it betray my cool exterior to admit that I own two of them?), the first of which reached number one in the UK album charts.
Starmakerwas their biggest single, reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart and it is my my personal favourite Kids From Fame song.
I can still remember watching the episode it appeared in when it first aired. The song – the kids’ tribute to a much-loved elderly teacher, Mr Crandall, who was losing his job due to funding cuts – was incredible moving when I first saw it and the Choob isn’t afraid to admit that even after all these years, when I have forgotten almost everything else about the TV show, it still brings a lump to his throat.
The video for the single was simply the scene from the TV show – and here it is. Hankies at the ready…