Bad Education will return for a special 10th anniversary special, followed by a new spin-off series, the BBC has announced.
The comedy series, which started on BBC Three in 2012, followed hapless young teacher Alfie Wickers, played by Jack Whitehall, as he navigates life at Abbey Grove School.
A 45-minute one-off special, celebrating the 10th anniversary since the series first aired, will reunite Alfie with alumni as they return to Abbey Grove for a happily chaotic career day.
It will be comedian Whitehall’s final appearance on the show as the cast bid a loving farewell to Alfie.
Following the anniversary episode, a new spin-off series – keeping the original title – will welcome a brand new crew of unruly students to Abbey Grove, while two stars of the original series – former classmates Stephen and Mitchell – find themselves on the other side of the podium as freshly hired teachers.
World-class diva Stephen is once again played by Layton Williams, while Charlie Wernham returns to play soon-to-be father Mitchell.
The original Bad Education ran in three series until 2014 and was later adapted into a movie – The Bad Education Movie, which was released in 2015.
I have such fond memories and it will be great for fans to stop by and find out what Class K has been up to since they left and if Alfie Wickers is still as melting as they rememberJack Whitehall
The new spin-off series is being produced by Whitehall and directed by Freddy Syborn with a new writing team.
Speaking of the new series, Whitehall said: “I’m so excited to do a 10th anniversary special for Bad Education, the show that launched my career.
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“I have such fond memories and it will be great for fans to stop by and find out what Class K has been up to since they left and if Alfie Wickers is still as melting as they remember.
I’m so old and irrelevant that I’ve decided it’s best if I take on more of a producer roleJack Whitehall
“The new series is so exciting. I’m so old and irrelevant that I’ve decided it’s best if I take on a more producer role on Bad Education, but we’ve assembled a young, talented group of writers, led by the brilliant Nathan Bryon, who will carry the torch will wear.
“Charlie Wernham is the Danny Dyer of his generation, but with less royal heritage. Hopefully taking the lead will be a springboard for him to make a decade of brutal British films about hooliganism. Layton Williams is a superstar.”
The series, which will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, will see Stephen and Mitchell coming to terms with their new careers and wayward students, while new headmistress and control freak Ms Hoburn plays a big part.
Meanwhile, the recently deceased headmaster, Mr Fraser – played by Mathew Horne – and his questionable “Bants” will continue to hang around the school in various menial roles while HR fights to fire him.
Air dates for the anniversary special and spin-off series will be announced in due course.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/bad-education-to-return-with-anniversary-special-and-spin-off-series-41640373.html Bad Education returns with anniversary special and spin-off series