School-based comedy starring Jack Whitehall as Alfie, the worst teacher to ever be involved in the British education system
- 2012 - 2013 (BBC Three)
- 13 (2 series)
- Jack Whitehall, Mathew Horne, Sarah Solemani, Michelle Gomez, Charlie Wernham, Layton Williams, Ethan Lawrence, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, Jack Binstead, Jack Bence
- Jack Whitehall, Freddy Syborn
- Tiger Aspect Productions
Bad Education, co-written by and starring Jack Whitehall, follows Alfie, the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system, and a bigger kid than his students.
Despite his obvious shortcomings, Alfie's position at the school is stable thanks to Fraser, the school's headmaster, who tragically longs to be as cool as Alfie. He's the teacher who just wants to be everyone's 'best mate' and is prone to massive and very public mishaps.
There's also Miss Gulliver, the school biology teacher and the apple of Alfie's eye. She cares deeply about the school and the students.
Deputy headmistress Pickwell is less easy-going. She is an 'old school' teacher and can't stand her younger colleagues. She's a disciplinarian who wants Creationism put back on the syllabus and would prefer a school without children at all!
Our Review: We were slightly wary of Bad Education when it was first announced - it'd be fair to describe the record of stand-up comics writing sitcoms as a little mixed. Thankfully in this case we had no cause for concern. It's not a series that's ticked everyone's boxes, but it more than tickled our funny-bones, and we found ourselves enjoying the second series equally, if not moreso.
We really must give a special mention to the great on-screen chemistry of Whitehall and Ethan Lawrence, playing put-upon student Joe. Their scenes are always winners.