Bad Education (2012-) 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.
This goes nowhere as of Series 2, as Rosie reveals she's now dating awoman.
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".
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.
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.
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!"
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!
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.