Running for two series between 2013 and 2015, Big School was a traditional sitcom in that it followed an established format of disfunctional characters and a familiar setting, without the need for innuendo or bad language.
Despite some well established names from the world of comedy, the series attracted mixed reviews. Despite the reviews the series seemed to hit the spot with audiences and was commissioned for a second series. however the second series did not fare so well with viewing figures falling below 3 million. Consequently In June 2015, it was officially announced that Big School was not to be returning for a third series.
The series followed the occupents of a dysfunctional school staff room, unrequited love and a chess club!
Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church (David Walliams) has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. Having become disillusioned with teaching, when a particularly dramatic experiment with liquid nitrogen and 1000 ping pong balls is met with apathy by his pupils, he is ready to resign.
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.
Frances de la Tour
Jocelyn Jee Esien
Written By: David Walliams and Dawson Bros.
Production Company: King Bert Productions and BBC
Original Transmission Dates: 16th August, 2013 – 10th October, 2014