Bad Education heads for the big screen

Jack Whitehall’s school comedy Bad Education is heading to the big screen.

The Bad Education Movie, which has started filming in Cornwall, reunites the cast including Sarah Solemani, Mathew Horne and Harry Enfield, following the end of the BBC Three show last October.

“It’s very exciting to be bringing Bad Education to the big screen. It’s great to be reunited one last time with my amazing class of kids before they get ripped apart by puberty,” said Jack, who created, co-wrote and starred in the programme.

The 26-year-old comedian, who starred in Channel 4 university drama Fresh Meat and presents BBC talk show Backchat, will reprise his role as history teacher Alfie Wickers in the movie.

He is also co-writer on the film with Freddy Syborn, with Elliot Hegarty – who directed some of the show’s episodes – taking the reins on the film adaptation.

Ethan Lawrence, Layton Williams, Nikki Runeckles, Kae Alexander, Weruche Opia, Jack Binstead and Charlie Wernham will return to play Alfie’s class of pupils.

Jack joked: “We wanted this film to be about the mother of all school trips but sadly the Cumberland Pencil Museum wouldn’t let us film there so we have gone for Cornwall instead.”

Bad Education, which debuted on BBC3 in August 2012, ran for three series until October 2014. It was the channel’s highest ever rating for a debut comedy, and the second series was one of the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer, with 2.9 million views.

Jack ended speculation over a fourth series with a video marking the show’s end, thanking fans for their support of the “weird, nudity-filled” school sitcom after the series three finale aired on October 21. The episode saw Wickers leaving the fictional Abbey Grove school and the world of teaching.

“I hope you enjoyed the last episode and it wasn’t too sad,” he said. “Thank you for being there on this weird, nudity-filled, mad, crazy journey that has been Bad Education. Goodbye… It is the end of Bad Ed so bye and thank you.”


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