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Series 1, Episode 5 - Football Match

Alfie reveals a hidden talent when the annual football match between Abbey Grove and the school he attended, Middleton House, approaches. Will the benefit scroungers pull it off, or Middleton's snooty toff boys who clinch the win?

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Bad Education. Fraser (Mathew Horne). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions

It is the biggest football match of the Abbey Grove school year, as they take on the local public school, Middleton House.

After the PE teacher goes missing, Fraser decides that Alfie is the ideal candidate to coach the Abbey Grove team. There are a couple of problems with this decision - firstly Alfie knows nothing about football and secondly Middleton House happens to be his childhood school, which means being reacquainted with his old games teacher and nemesis Mr Humpage.


Jamie Meek was Jack Whitehall's double in the closing scenes of this episode.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 11th September 2012
BBC Three
30 minutes


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Cast & crew

Layton Williams Stephen
Charlie Wernham Mitchell
Mathew Horne Fraser
Jack Whitehall Alfie
Sarah Solemani Miss Gulliver
Ethan Lawrence Joe
Nikki Runeckles Chantelle
Kae Alexander Jing
Jack Binstead Rem Dogg
Jack Bence Grayson
Michelle Gomez Pickwell
Leila Hoffman Mrs Mollinson
Guest cast
Leo Suter Posh Pupil
Rupert Vansittart Humpage
Chris Kamara Self (Voice)
Writing team
Simon Carlyle Script Editor
Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
Dan Swimer Writer
Shaun Pye Writer
Jack Whitehall Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Ben Gosling Fuller Director
Pippa Brown Producer
Ben Cavey Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
Ben Blaine Editor
Chris Blaine Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Vince Pope Composer


Alfie's Interpretation of the Offside Rule

Alfie tries to drum up interest amongst his class to join the school football team.

Featuring: Ethan Lawrence (Joe), Nikki Runeckles (Chantelle), Charlie Wernham (Mitchell) & Jack Whitehall (Alfie).

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