For anyone who has yet to see Bad Education, where on Earth have you been hiding? A relatively new BBC3 comedy that I am sure will be around for some time, focuses on a newly qualified teacher in a secondary school, with a class of typical 15 year old pupils. What makes this so funny and 'likable' is the fact that the teacher (Alfie Wickers - Jack Whitehall) seems to switch from being bumbling and pathetic, saying the wrong things and portraying himself as a useless and offensive teacher, yet at times shows that he genuinely cares for his students. In his own, almost always incorrect way, he's trying to help.
There are several undercurrents in the show, one being Alfie being almost obsessed with Biology teacher Rosie (Sarah Solemani) and is always trying to either impress her or get her to go out with him, which currently is failing miserably. The head teacher Fraser (Matthew Horne - Gavin & Stacey) is almost useless as the head of such an inner city school. He fails to control any issue, usually makes it worse and the cringing I do watching almost reminds me of the cringing I did while watching Ricky Gervais in The Office.
The students nearly always, along with Jack, steal the show. Nikki Runeckles who plays Chantelle Parsons, according to a recent survey on the Facebook page, is the most likable student. She is obsessed with her teacher, continually fantasizing about being his girlfriend and is played remarkably well by Nikki. The other students seem to have their own continuing story line, the typical 'hard' lad, the disabled lad in a wheelchair, the gay student, the foreign student et al
My only small, minor gripe is the head teacher Fraser needs some better material to work with. Because he is portrayed in the way he is, you sometimes start to wonder in reality how how long he would be left to run a school. It seems unbelievable he would be head teacher for long.
This has already been commissioned for a second series and I am looking forward to a long run of this show. It's nice to have a comedy with no smut, no sex, no violence, no swearing and just good quality, inspired writing.