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Series 1, Episode 2

An unexpected outbreak of punctuality surprises the cluster teams at Elm Heath, Rose uncovers an embarrassing truth whilst investigating an improper teacher-pupil relationship, and Nitin wins the job of cleaning Elm Heath council's most toxic kitchen. Meanwhile, Al quietly comes to the rescue of his clients with learning difficulties and a new baby.

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Broadcast details

Tuesday 4th October 2016
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 8th October 2016 2:05am 4seven
Saturday 12th August 2017 3:15am C4

Cast & crew

Jo Brand Rose Denby
Alan Davies Al Kavanagh
Himesh Patel Nitin
Kevin Eldon Martin Bickerstaff
Georgie Glen Denise Donnelly
Isy Suttie Natalie Moore
Paul Charlton PC Harris
Nick Hancock Lee Denby
Sara Powell Cass
Mandeep Dhillon Telephone Caller (Voice)
Rasmus Hardiker Telephone Caller (Voice)
London Hughes Telephone Caller (Voice)
Ellie White Telephone Caller (Voice)
Guest cast
Zara Jayne Arnold Katie
Dayo Koleosho Dave
Yasmin Wilde Rani
Writing team
Morwenna Banks Writer
Jo Brand Writer
Will Smith Writer
Production team
Ian FitzGibbon Director
Claire Whalley Producer
Adam Tandy Edit Producer
Morwenna Banks Associate Producer
Dan Robinson Editor
Jeff Sherriff Production Designer
Jo Buckingham Casting Director
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Marcia Stanton Costume Designer
Lulu Hall Make-up Designer
Andy Lumsden 1st Assistant Director


The Basic Rule For School Teachers

Rose turns up to work on time, Nitin insists the kitchen needs cleaning, and Al expresses the basic rule for school teachers.

Featuring: Jo Brand (Rose Denby), Alan Davies (Al Kavanagh) & Himesh Patel (Nitin).


Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks's public-sector sitcom continues, with the social workers' patience evaporating as inexorably as their department's budget. Rose's former husband continues to revolt, as do the staff kitchen in an altogether different way. Al visits some new parents and finds something worth fighting for, while Nat has some bad news that even her meticulously colour-coded Post-It arrangement can't quite quell.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 4th October 2016

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