The Bad Education Christmas special will premiere on BBC Three on Tuesday December 17th at 10pm, it has been announced.
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. A US adaptation, starring Jack Whitehall, is also in the works at ABC.
In the Christmas special it’s time for the Abbey Grove Christmas Play and with Miss Pickwell no longer around Mr Fraser decides Alfie is the obvious replacement to direct this year’s production. But with the class undecided about whether to put on the Nutcracker or Robocop, will Alfie’s decision to write and direct a plot mash-up of Robocracker and casting school bully Grayson as co-lead prove successful? Mitchell decides to do something lovely for Alfie and invite his estranged mother (Frances Barber) to the play, but will Mr Fraser and Mitchell come up with a good enough reason to lure her over from Spain with her new husband Javier (Jake Canuso)? And will Miss Gulliver manage to persuade Alfie and his class to volunteer at the soup kitchen?
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.