Bad Education returns as spin-off series and special ep
Jack Whitehall’s comedy Bad Education is set to return as a spin-off series for BBC Three and a one-off, 10th anniversary special.
Made by Tiger Aspect and Whitehall’s Jackpot Productions, the comedy will be delivered to BBC Three as a run of 6 x 30 plus the extra, one-off special.
The special episode will reunite useless teacher and big kid Alfie Wickers (Whitehall) with his old students one last time as they return to Abbey Grove for a joyfully chaotic careers day. The special marks a farewell to Alfie and will be written by co-executive producers Whitehall and Freddy Syborn.
Meanwhile, the new spin-off Bad Education series will see a brand-new intake of unruly students to Abbey Grove as two former classmates, Stephen (Layton Williams) and Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) find themselves at the other side of the desk as newly qualified - or not - teachers.
Freddie Syborn directs both commissions. David Simpson will executive produce for Tiger Aspect, with Whitehall and Richard Ackerman executive producing for Jackpot and Syborn also exec producing. There is also a new writing team headed by Nathan Bryon and including Laura Smyth, Leila Navabi, Priya Hall, Ciaran Bartlett, Rhys Taylor and Williams.
Whitehall said: “I’m so pumped for a ten-year anniversary special of Bad Education, the show that launched my career. I have such fond memories and it will be great for the fans to check in and find out what class K have been up to since they left and if Alfie Wickers is still as much of a melt as they remember.
“The new series is so exciting. I’m so old and irrelevant I’ve decided it’s best I take more of a producer role with Bad Education, but we’ve assembled a young, talented group of writers led by the brilliant Nathan Bryon who will be carrying the torch.
Jon Petrie, director of comedy commissioning, BBC, added: “Jack being back on BBC Three dawns the start of a new term for Bad Education. The original series helped launch the careers of many talented comic performers we see on TV today, and we hope the new series, written by some of the best young comedy writing talent in the UK, will unearth more gems for BBC comedy fans to enjoy.”
Image credit: Gary Moyes.
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