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Series 2, Episode 2 - The American

Alfie is shocked by the arrival of a new teacher at Abbey Grove, Mr Schwimer, and even more shocked to learn that he will be taking over Alfie's own class.

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Bad Education. Image shows from L to R: Chantelle (Nikki Runeckles), Rem Dogg (Jack Binstead), Kevin Schwimer (Kyle Soller). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions

Alfie is shocked by the arrival of Mr Schwimer - a new teacher at Abbey Grove, and even more shocked to learn that Schwimer will be taking over his own class.

Desperately upset that his class seem to be having a great time and actually learning proper, real life GCSE history with their new teacher, Alfie is even more unhappy when he finds out which class Miss Pickwell has given him instead.

With Headmaster Fraser and Miss Gulliver both increasingly charmed by Mr Schwimer it is left to Alfie and Jing to uncover the truth behind this American imposter.


There's a joke about 9/11 in the scene where Jing tells Alfie what she's found out about Mr Schwimer. As this episode was first broadcast in September, it was originally cut.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 10th September 2013
BBC Three
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 11th September 2013 12:30am BBC3
Thursday 12th September 2013 12:45am BBC3
Thursday 12th September 2013 3:30am BBC3
Saturday 14th September 2013 1:30am BBC3
Sunday 15th September 2013 2:30am BBC3
Sunday 15th September 2013 10:45pm BBC3
Monday 16th September 2013 2:30am BBC3
Monday 10th March 2014 12:40am BBC3
Friday 18th April 2014 11:05pm BBC1
Thursday 24th July 2014 10:00pm BBC3
Friday 25th July 2014 1:00am BBC3
Friday 7th November 2014 10:00pm BBC3
Friday 17th April 2015 9:30pm BBC3
Saturday 18th April 2015 2:30am BBC3
Wednesday 29th July 2015 10:30pm BBC3
Wednesday 20th April 2016 10:00pm Comedy Central
Thursday 21st April 2016 9:00pm CC Extra
Wednesday 21st September 2016 10:00pm Comedy Central
Wednesday 26th April 2017 11:30pm Comedy Central
Tuesday 14th November 2017 11:30pm Comedy Central
Wednesday 15th November 2017 10:30pm Comedy Central
Sunday 19th November 2017 1:00am CC Extra
Tuesday 21st November 2017 2:00am CC Extra
Saturday 16th December 2017 9:35pm CC Extra
Wednesday 11th July 2018 12:00am Comedy Central
Friday 26th October 2018 2:35am CC Extra
Saturday 27th October 2018 1:35am CC Extra
Tuesday 27th November 2018 11:20pm Comedy Central
Wednesday 29th May 2019 10:05pm Comedy Central
Monday 17th October 2022 9:30pm BBC3
Tuesday 18th October 2022 3:20am BBC3
Wednesday 21st December 2022 12:20am BBC3
Wednesday 21st December 2022 2:35am BBC3
Monday 1st April 2024 12:05am BBC3
Monday 1st April 2024 3:25am BBC3

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
Guest cast
Kyle Soller Kevin Schwimer
Writing team
Jack Whitehall Writer
Freddy Syborn Writer
Simon Carlyle Script Editor
Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
Aiden Spackman Script Editor
Production team
Elliot Hegarty Director
Pippa Brown Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Ben Cavey Executive Producer
Jack Whitehall Associate Producer
Peter Oliver Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Vince Pope Composer


The Seduction of Pickwell

Alfie flirts with Miss Pickwell; will he succeed in getting her to share his onesie?

Featuring: Michelle Gomez (Pickwell) & Jack Whitehall (Alfie).

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