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David Walliams and Catherine Tate in 'Big School'
David Walliams and Catherine Tate in 'Big School'
David Walliams and Catherine Tate in ‘Big School’

Education, as is so often said, is the passport to the future. And in this case, the future holds six episodes of a new comedy show set in a British secondary school and starring David Walliams, Catherine Tate and a small, but carefully-selected gang of actors that should be very well known to Anglophenians.

It’s called Big School. David plays Mr Church, a chemistry teacher in his 40s that has developed an overwhelming crush on the new French teacher Miss Postern – who has, ironically enough, never been to France – played by Catherine. It’s a tale of longing glances across the staff room, with periodic interruptions from Philip Glenister from Life On Mars, who plays the playboy gym coach Mr Gunn, and Frances de la Tour, who plays the long-suffering, plain-speaking headmistress Ms Baron.

Here’s an explanatory video:

In a BBC press release, Mark Freeland, BBC Head of In-House Comedy, says: “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.”

Which only leaves one question: what’s with that hair, Mr Walliams?

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By Fraser McAlpine