Bad Education, which was created by Jack Whitehall, follows Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall), Abbey Grove high school’s self-styled maverick teacher-in-residence. In reality though, as Alfie is straight out of teacher training and into his first job, he shares more traits with the kids he teaches than the other teachers; he is in fact a bigger kid than most of the kids in his class. Alfie relies on his misguided sense of cunning and his poorly developed ability to lie and cheat to hold down his job. But, it all comes from a good place because Alfie really cares about his class of dunces who have been written off by the rest of the staff. The comedy series is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and features a large cast which includes Jack Whitehall, Mathew Horne, Michelle Gomez and Sarah Solemani.
The move to renew the half-hour comedy series comes shortly after the series premiered to record breaking figures on BBC Three on August 14th. The show’s premiere episode was watched by 830 000 (4.7% share) in its original time-slot, making it (at the time) BBC Three’s highest rated episode of a comedy series in the history of the channel. Those ratings were only improved upon with the show’s second episode (August 21st), which drew in 988 000 viewers (5.1% share) in its 10pm time-slot.
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