(2012-2014) is a British sitcom produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC3
. It stars Jack Whitehall as young teacher Alfie Wickers – "the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system" – at the fictional Abbey Grove School. Matthew Horne plays Fraser, the headmaster of the fictional school alongside him. It has been suggested that Whitehall's character is a continuation of his "posh twit" persona from Fresh Meat
The series launch broke BBC3
's record for the highest-rated first episode of a comedy, which was previously held by Horne And Corden
A pilot is apparently being shot for a US version, still starring Jack Whitehall.
This series provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: Grayson kisses Stephen full on the lips during the Christmas musical, even though it wasn't in the script.
- The Apartheid Era: Preet van der Plessis, the psychotic south African PE teacher, lets his sentiments show frequently. In a school with lots of black and coloured pupils.
- Argentina Is Nazi Land: Pickwell fakes her death to retire there to be with her 90 year old new German boyfriend.
- Armored Closet Gay: Grayson, as of the Christmas special.
- Ass Shove: One of the many moments where Alfie's dad embarrasses him implies that he (Alfie) did this to Atticus Hoy with a set of Pogs.
- Becoming the Mask: Rosie ends up transforming into Pickwell (including the Scottish accent) when she becomes deputy headmistress, after Pickwell's "supposed" death. She snaps out of it at the end of the episode.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Alfie and Rosie, particularly throughout in the finale of series 1.
- This goes nowhere as of Series 2, as Rosie reveals she's now dating a woman.
- At the end of Series 2 they kiss again and although they're more careful with privacy and Alfie is immediately pulled away by Pickwell, who saved the school with funds gained from her associate, it seems more serious this time due to the fact that Rosie decided to stay at Abbey Grove rather than go to Africa mostly on his insistence.
- As of the first episode of Series 3, they are living together.
- Bilingual Bonus: Preet, the hypermacho PE teacher from South Africa, calls Alfie a "moffie". This is a non-PC Afrikaans word for a Camp Gay. His PE class is dismissively referred to as a "kinderbok".
- Boomerang Bigot: During the school election, we see the BNP candidate... is Black.
- Brain Bleach: Alfie, Rosie and Joe's reaction to hearing Alfie's dad and Professor Green having sex upstairs on Alfie's bed.
Alfie's Dad: I'm just going to put these sheets in the wash. I tried to keep a lid on it, but it's been a while; Postman Pat's fine, Mrs Goggins took the brunt of it...
- But Not Too Gay: Played straight with the teachers, averted with the students.
- In season 2 Rosie starts dating a woman, but though it's often talked about we only see the couple together for a few minutes, holding hands. Made all the more obvious because Rosie kisses Alfie twice.
- On the other hand there's the students Stephen and Grayson. Several straight students mention having boyfriends/girlfriends or are seen flirting, but only Stephen and Grayson are seen kissing.
- Preet, the macho PE teacher, is suspiciously fond of patting bottoms and cupping genitals. Usually with Alfie.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mitchell's dad's porn stash in Series 3 Episode 1. It's used as a joke in the first scene, gets another mention around two thirds of the way through the episode when Mitchell mentions it's gone, and one of the final scenes reveals that Alfie glued it to his dad's car as an act of defiance.
- Christmas Special: Aired during Christmas 2013 following the second series.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Fraser. How he got to be headmaster is a complete mystery.
- Embarrassing First Name: Fraser claims his first name is "Simon". It's actually "Shaquelle".
- Embarrassing Nickname: At Aflie's posh alma mater Middleton House, the term "Wickers" literally became an insult.
- The Ghost: Alfie's old schoolfriend Atticus Hoy who he is mentioned to have had a number of gay experiences with.
- Gym Class Hell: Preet van der Plessis' PE lessons. He builds a military assault course and talks about trucking in assault dogs to give the fat kids an incentive to run really fast. His invective to a mixed class of thirteen year old students - and Alfie - is a master class in PE teacher sadism.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today??: Alfie keeps up this act for a bit, before admitting he's a virgin in the Sex Ed episode.
- Hilarity Ensues: Frequently.
- Holiday Volunteering: The Christmas Special has Miss Gulliver attempting to persuade her students to volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
- Hot for Teacher: Chantelle for Alfie, much to his annoyance.
Alfie: *Reading anonymous question* I'm fifteen, he's twenty-three. What will it feel like? 'Illegal'' Chantelle!
- I Banged Your Mom: In the Valentine's Day episode, Mitchell and Rem Dogg both have Valentine's cards, claiming they came from the other's mother. Rem Dogg's card apparently reads "Dear Rem Dogg. Here's your £20 back. I can't charge you because you were so good. P.S. You banged me so hard, now I'm in a wheelchair.", while Mitchell's card contains a packet of Wotsits that he apparently payed Rem Dogg's mum with.
Alfie: *Before leaving the classroom* "Rem Dogg, by the way, if you have been sleeping with Mitchell's mum I suggest you go and give your cock a through clean."
- This happens to Alfie when Professor Green has sex with his father.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: When Alfie makes his class do a reenactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour, he gives Asian student Jing Chow the role of a Japanese soldier, even putting a Rising Sun headband on her. He is soon reminded that "She's Chinese, you muppet!"
- Lipstick Lesbian / Bi the Way: Rosie, much to Alfie's distress and misery. However, it's implied the reason they later broke up was because her partner believed she wasn't actually comfortable with her new sexuality.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Mr Humpage is repeatedly mistaken for one by Rosie after Alfie mentions something he refuses to explain happened between them in his second year at school. Turns out it was simply Aflie quitting his sports team, which Humpage refused to forgive him for. He could have become a professional Irish Dancer!
- Name's the Same: Invoked with Professor Celia Green, and, well, the rapper Professor Green.
- One of the Kids: Alfie is this in relation to his class. He gets bullied by some students and even gets constantly propositioned by another. The first episode even lampshades it by not revealing that he is actually a teacher until the end of the cold open.
- Overly Long Name; Preet Cornelius Hennihenwig Hoitetoit Goosenhuissen Tabactablanche Vestavasen Voota van der Plessis. note
- Pet The Villain: How Alfie reacts to Frank, following Pickwell's (faked) suicide.
- Porn Stash: Mitchell's dad gets rid of his after stealing an iPad.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Fraser's attempts to be hip.
- Which, according to one episode from a Noodle Incident, got him into trouble with a Racial Insensitivity Panel, implied to be because he mistakenly believed he had N-Word Privileges.
- Alfie is also sometimes this (in one episode he raps part of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio. So is Pickwell of all people, who responds to Alfie's rap by quoting Tupac Shakur.
- Put on a Bus: Pickwell in Series 2 after she fakes her suicide. The Bus Comes Back for the last scene of Series 2 though.
- Professor Green as of Series 3. The opening scenes of the first episode reveal that she left Alfie's dad and took all his money.
- Refuge in Audacity: Alfie's attempt to clear Fraser in front of the school board.
Alfie: Look, I've done things here that in any other school would get me fired, maybe even arrested. But Fraser has never shouted at me once!
- Run for the Border: Pickwell at the end of The Funeral.
- Sadist Teacher: Pickwell. And Pe master Preet van der Plessis, a displaced South African.
- School Swimsuit: Pickwell insists on this in the school swimming competition episode, much to the discomfort of the girls; the deputy headmistress even wears one herself, causing Alfie to speculate that his heterosexuality is making its final successful escape.
- Shout-Out: the school bully is called Frank Grayson. In Michael Palin's Ripping Yarns, the school bully in "Tomkinson's Schooldays" was also called Frank Grayson.
- Snap Back / Status Quo Is God: The Series 2 finale focuses on the school's ultimately successful attempts to raise enough money to keep the school open after Fraser bankrupts it by falling for a 419 Scam. At the start of Series 3, the school is bordering on bankruptcy again thanks to Fraser investing the money raised in Series 2 in his new Dolce & Gabanter clothing range.
- Teacher's Pet: Joe has shades of this, generally Alfie's favourite and teased by the others. Overall averted because Alfie tries so hard to be matey with his class as a whole.