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Big School - Series 1 [DVD]

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David Walliams , Catherine Tate , Tony Dow    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister, Frances de la Tour, Joanna Scanlan
  • Directors: Tony Dow
  • Writers: David Walliams, The Dawson Bros.
  • Producers: Jo Sargent
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EM9OXVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The hilarious new comedy from David Walliams about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and chess club! Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church (David Walliams) has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. Disillusioned with teaching, he is about to resign after a particularly dramatic experiment with liquid nitrogen and 1000 ping pong balls is met with apathy by his pupils. However, the arrival of the new French teacher changes everything! Taking up her post following the tragic death of her predecessor, Miss Postern (Catherine Tate) is determined to make a difference in the classroom with new teaching methods – anyone for Vocab Tennis? PE teacher and would-be lothario Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) is also interested in the new French teacher and is determined to “plough” Miss Postern – probably on Friday night when his mum is at seniors’ Zumba.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The hilarious new comedy from David Walliams about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and chess club! Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church (David Walliams) has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. Disillusioned with teaching, he is about to resign after a particularly dramatic experiment with liquid nitrogen and 1000 ping pong balls is met with apathy by his pupils. However, the arrival of the new French teacher changes everything! Taking up her post following the tragic death of her predecessor, Miss Postern (Catherine Tate) is determined to make a difference in the classroom with new teaching methods - anyone for Vocab Tennis? PE teacher and would-be lothario Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) is also interested in the new French teacher and is determined to "plough" Miss Postern - probably on Friday night when his mum is at seniors' Zumba. ...Big School

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Comedy 26 Sep 2013
By Nige
Format:DVD
If you look at the classic comedies over the years, there seem to be a number of common themes - in particular a number of strong and contrasting characters (even though there may be a strong central character - Basil Fawlty, Risgsby, Del Trotter etc.) and following a situation that most of us wouldn't really want to be in (either because we've been there and don't want to go back or because the sheer idea of it gives us the shivers) - after all, who would really want to do business with Del Boy, live in one of Rigsby's bedsits or stay at Fawlty Towers?!

Big School is in a similar vein - a strong cast of dispirate teachers who we almost certainly wouldn't want teaching our kids (but who we probably recognise to a greater or lesser degree from our own schooldays)! Other reviewers have highlighted some stand out moments so I won't repeat them here (although I have to add the methane chemistry experiment to the list of favourites) but suffice to say that this was outstanding comedy.

However, Big School is a bit of a guilty secret - you wouldn't sit down and watch it with your granny and, equally, watching it with your kids may result in having to answer some uncomfortable questions. For that reason, don't open the package until the kids have gone to bed and then indulge yourself. Not everyone will appreciate the humour but as long as you're the sort of person that has a little snigger at things they shouldn't from time to time, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class !!! 5 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
A fantastic 6 part series that really made me and "other people" laugh out loud....It is set at Greybridge school which is run by "headmistress" Ms Baron (Frances De La Tour)who Loves to confiscate the alcohol from her pupils so that she can drink it.

The story is mainly about a chemistry teacher Mr church (David Walliams), and Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) who compete with each other for Miss Postern (Catherine Tate)to go out with them which creates some really funny moments.

There is also some other great actors in this series as well...the "down trodden" constantly depressed Mr Barber (Steve Spiers) who plays a geography teacher, and Mr Martin (Daniel Rigby) the music teacher who dreams of becoming a rock star.

Every episode opens with Mr church demonstrating an "amazing" experiment to his bored pupils who are totally un-impressed by them, and this really sets the scene for each episode.

The extras on the dvd are really good and some of them should have been kept in especially when Miss Postern explains to the class that when she puts a beret on her head it makes her French and when she takes it of she is English again.....there are also some good commentaries to listen to as well from David Walliams and the Dawson brothers for episode 1 and 6 and also for the deleted scenes.

I cannot recommend this dvd enough...as it is hilarious !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's BRILLIANT! 23 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
This is hilarious! By far the funniest thing on TV in ages. The headmistress is brilliant and the geography exam charades is a classic... It's just a shame there were only 6 episodes and I'm hoping there'll be a Second Series! Walliams and Dawson Bros have certainly come up with the goods here. If you haven't seen it yet I can definitely recommend it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 23 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
LOVED this show... laughed out loud so many times. Clever script and great cast. What more could you want. Highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Nov 2013
By cashers
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hope there will be a second series as this first one is hilarious.All the cast were great...Walliams at his best and Catherine Tate too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent from Walliams and Tate 14 Nov 2013
By B. Russell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
David Wallaims and Catherine Tate are amazing seperatly - but put them together and then you get comedy genius (also known as Big School). Furthermore, the accompany cast, including Phillip Glenister and Francis De La Tour, add to the great humour of the show.

The setting of a secondary school is perfect for this comedy, which is admired for an excellent script and an excellent cast. The adventures of Mr Church are extremley funny. My favourite episode has to be 'Talent Show' where the school host a charity talent show to find the best teacher at the school - I was in stitches.

I think this comedy is excellent and I am really hoping for another series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adoring show! 23 July 2014
By rslh
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I absolutely adore this show. Catherine and David are both a joy to watch on screen - TOGETHER! Their chemistry is devilishly cheeky. I'm American so after my first taste of Series 1 of The Catherine Tate Show, I couldn't really get into it. After seeing her in Doctor Who, I just couldn't get enough of her. I then picked up where I left of on the CT show and FELL. IN. LOVE! In awe with her AND the show. She's indeed a multi-talented/faceted actress. I'm very much looking forward to Series 2 of Big School this August.

At any rate, enjoy the show. It's a decisively smart/quiet (not gut-busting) and a nichey bit of sitcom.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big School 21 Sep 2013
Format:DVD
A surprisingly sweet and often laugh out loud comedy set in a secondary school, Big School settles in nicely on a Friday evening.

A new teacher arrives and a fierce rivalry sparks. Mr Church and Mr Gunn rarley see eye to eye at the best of times but their exploits in trying to catch Miss Poston's attention get more and more ludicrous as the series continues. A stand out scene in a Geography exam being one of the most hilarious fight scenes since Colin Firth went toe to toe with Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones.

The characters are all a joy to watch and nobody outstays their welcome. It was also a good move to focus on the teachers rather than the pupils. We go behind the scenes in the Headmistresses' office and the staff room rather than watching the pupils in the classroom.

The laughs are plentiful with a smattering of sweetness thrown in for good measure. The relationship between Church and Poston has a natural arc which only helps to hold your interest in this will they wont they love story. David Walliams, Phillip Glenister and Catherine Tate are all fantastic.

A second series would be welcome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG SCHOOL
Love this Series - Made me laugh so much -

Excellent casting - More of Francis De La tour's Ms Baron next series please. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Scarlet Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Big School dvd.
Great programme on tv and on dvd.
Published 1 month ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for some good British Humour
David Walliams & Catherine Tate - brilliant. Have never seen Philip Glenister in a comedy roll before and he was well up for it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Some laugh but few
Don't buy unless your under sixteen and easy to please.
I'm not by a longshot unfortunately,
Published 2 months ago by Francois Rouquier
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better 2nd time around
When i watched it on TV the first time around, i thought it was very good.........But now seeing it on DVD again, its even better!!!
Published 2 months ago by lookey
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a Disappointment
I just love David Walliams' humour but found this dvd completely dull and cannot understand what some reviewers raved about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rowena
5.0 out of 5 stars Big school
Absolutely love this dvd this was 1 of the best programmes brought out on dvd. Would definitely say its for young adults plus but fabulous. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lainy b
4.0 out of 5 stars Big School
I liked this series when it was shown on BBC. My only quibble was that we did not see enough of Francis De La Tour but hopefully this will be corrected in the second series if... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pam Pike
4.0 out of 5 stars High School Comedy
This is a great 6 episode comedy starting David Walliams as Mr Church the Deputy Head of Science and Catherine Tate as The New French teacher Miss Postern. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FMraynor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very funny and good price
Arrived within 2 days very pleased would recommend to any BBC comedy fans
Would rate it a 6 star
Published 5 months ago by Hayden
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