Philip Glenister (Mad Dogs), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who), Frances de la Tour (Rising Damp), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick Of It), Steve Speirs (Eragon) and Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie) have joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming comedy series Big School (formerly known as Autumn Leaves).
Created by David Walliams, Autumn Leaves is set in an urban secondary school and is a comedy about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards. Walliams plays a chemistry teacher who’s hopelessly in love with the school’s new French teacher, who in turn is being chased by a lothario gym teacher. BBC In-House Comedy is producing with Mark Freeland serving as executive producer. Tony Dow is attached to direct, with production on the six episode series set to commence in the next few weeks in the Greater London area.
Glenister has been cast as Mr Gunn, the lotahrio gym teacher; Tate as Miss Postern, the school’s new recruit who despite being a French teacher has never actually been to France; de la Tour as Ms Baron, the no-nonsense, plain-speaking headmistress of Greybridge School; Scanlan as Mrs Klebb, the nosey and interfering drama teacher; Speirs as Mr Barber, the pessimistic geography teacher who’s counting down the days until he can retire’ and Rigby as Mr Martin, the mod-like music teacher who desperately wants to be mates with the kids and still clings to his dream of becoming a rock star.
Speaking of the cast, Mark Freeland, the BBC’s Head of In-House Comedy, said: “Led by David Walliams, it’s an absolute privilege to work with such a brilliant cast and off-screen production team. Like my Latin GCSE, nothing can go wrong. At least that’s what I thought at the time.”