Jack Whitehall sitcom Bad Education gets 2nd series

Thursday 23rd August 2012 @ 5:32pm

Bad Education. Alfie (Jack Whitehall). Image credit: Tiger Aspect Productions.BBC Three has ordered a second series of school-based sitcom Bad Education after just two episodes of the first series have aired.

The channel has quickly committed to a second series of the show, which is written by and stars Jack Whitehall, after the opening two episodes of the sitcom attracted record ratings for the channel.

The programme's debut a fortnight ago achieved very strong ratings for BBC Three and the second episode on Tuesday saw the audience boosted even further. An extra 250,000 viewers joined the show for the second episode, bucking the trend for new sitcoms in which viewers tend to drop away after the opening episode.

With more than 1.3 million viewers an episode, not including iPlayer views or the repeats due later in the week, Bad Education can now be said to be one of the digital channel's highest ever rated shows.

Bad Education follows Alfie Wickers (Whitehall), a man dubbed "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 (Mathew Horne), the school's headmaster, who tragically longs to be as cool as Alfie. Other characters include biology teacher Miss Gulliver (Sarah Solemani) whom Alfie has a crush on, and stern deputy headmistress Pickwell (Michelle Gomez).

Bad Education's ratings have swelled thanks to both broadly positive press reviews and social media chatter. Culture and entertainment magazine Time Out labelled the show "one of the best comedies BBC Three has ever screened" and The Radio Times commented "There hasn't been a sitcom this masterfully puerile since The Inbetweeners". The show is particularly popular on Twitter, with viewer comments including "Bad Education is the best thing I've watched in a while" and "Bad Education's hysterical. OMG."

@Alfie_Wickers, a Twitter account set up for the central character, which can be seen advertised on the whiteboard in the show, has already picked up 25,000 followers.

News of the recommission confirms that Jack Whitehall will have to take a further step back from his stand-up comedy career to continue his writing and acting commitments. The 24 year-old is not only writing and starring in Bad Education, but also filming a second series of Channel 4's hit student comedy drama Fresh Meat.

The second series of Bad Education will be on BBC Three in 2013.

Series 1, Episode 2 of Bad Education is repeated at 11pm on Friday 24th and Sunday 26th at 10:45pm. Episode 3 will be on Tuesday 28th at 10pm. Below is a clip in which Alfie meets Preet, a man who Fraser has employed to help tackle the school's violence problems.


Our Guide to 'Bad Education'

 

Latest News

Catastrophe Series 2 ordered by Channel 4

Catastrophe Series 2 ordered by Channel 4

Just two episodes into its first series, Channel 4 has recommissioned Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's sitcom Catastrophe.

BBC preparing special to mark 25 years of Harry & Paul

BBC preparing special to mark 25 years of Harry & Paul

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are reportedly collaborating with the BBC to make a special to celebrate 25 years of their comedy partnership.

Still Open All Hours ends with 8 million viewers

Still Open All Hours ends with 8 million viewers

The first series of revived sitcom Still Open All Hours came to a close last night with a peak of over 8 million viewers.

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014 results announced

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014 results announced

The results of the ninth annual Comedy.co.uk Awards have been announced, with Cabin Pressure writer John Finnemore the biggest winner of the year.

Reality TV panel show coming to ITV2

Reality TV panel show coming to ITV2

ITV2 has ordered a brand new panel show focussed on the world of reality television, to be hosted by Stephen Mulhern with team captains Emma Willis and Joel Dommett.

BBC announces iPlayer Valentine's comedies

BBC announces iPlayer Valentine's comedies

The BBC has announced a set of 9 new iPlayer comedy programmes to mark Valentine's Day 2015. Contributors include Sara Pascoe, Roy Clarke, Nick Helm, Modern Toss and Bill Bailey.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

A preview of 'Goodbye - The (After) Life of Cook & Moore', the comic play about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Read

Arthur Strong interview

Arthur Strong interview

BCG chats to Count Arthur Strong. Somehow he gets the impression we've booked him for Just A Minute. Read

Catastrophe interview

Catastrophe interview

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney talk about how Catastrophe, their new Channel 4 show was conceived. Read

Leicester Comedy Festival

Leicester Comedy Festival

100s of comedians will take part in Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2015 between 4th & 22nd February. Read

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

The second series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology show is filming now. More details here: Read

Cockroaches interview

Cockroaches interview

The cast of ITV2's post-apocalyptic sitcom Cockroaches talk about the show. Jack Whitehall explains it's unique. Read

Most repeated shows 2014

Most repeated shows 2014

Here's a list of the ten British comedy shows that were repeated the most in 2014. LOTSW was top. Read

The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth

We've selected 10 great facts from David Mitchell's Radio 4 show The Unbelievable Truth. Have a look: Read