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Big School - Series 1 [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2013
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
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
on 23 July 2014
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 September 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
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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on 5 July 2015
I'm a long time fan of David Walliams - and in saying that you may think this review is a tad biased. Rather, this series shows why I love David Walliams' work - he continues to mature and progress through his career.

In this series, his character is a shy, naive, full-on-straight guy who has a crush on the French teacher. And though there is potty humour, it is kept at a minimum and fits the story line, it does not feel like it is thrown in for a laugh. (Sexual innuendos? Well, they're par for the course nowadays but are in no way offensive.)

The casting is fantastic - a true ensemble - and though most of the stars are brilliant in their own right, not one of them comes across as the star of the show. I've not seen Philip Glenister in a comedy like this and was surprised at how well he pulled it off.

I thought Series 2 worked just as well and so would suggest purchasing that DVD, as well....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2013
Love the programme so wanted to watch it over and over again! Never get bored of it- so utterly brilliant!!
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