BBC Three has commissioned a Christmas special for its hit comedy series Bad Education, which wraps its second season on BBC Three tomorrow night. With the commission, Bad Education becomes the latest of BBC’s hit comedy series to earn a Christmas special joining BBC One’s Citizen Khan and the recently ordered Open All Hours special.
Created by Jack Whitehall, Bad Education follows Alfie Wickers, 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. Joining the cast for the show’s second season are Harry Enfield, Samantha Spiro, Greg McHugh, Frances Barber and Jake Canuso.
The news of the special comes after the second season of Bad Education has proved to be a hit in the ratings; with the series consistently winning its time-slot and pulling 1.5 million iPlayer requests for each episode in the window that it was made available ahead of its television broadcast. For fans who may miss the series between now and the Christmas special, Coronet recently published a TV tie-in book titled Bad Education Teachers Handbook written by Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn, which can help keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay.