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I normally don't like the "soppy" "feel-good" shows, but this was very
well done. Jessie Wallace (of EastEnders fame)who plays Candy Jerome,
was exceptional. I did realize she could act somewhat, but not on this
level...she was wonderful, and very convincing in her role.
Jessie's co-star, Nathaniel Parker who plays Headmaster Anthony Troth is also brilliant in this show, but it took me awhile to get his most famous role, Inspector Lynley out of my head. He plays the POSH head, so he has all the airs and graces of Lynley, but his association with, Candy Jerome is quite out of character.
Very touching show that displays the faults of the British school system, along with it's good points too. A Class Apart also demonstrates that while the "English Class" system is "officialy" dead, in everyday society, it is alive and kicking.
If you are a Jessie Wallace aka "Kat Slater" fan, this is well worth a watch. The Kat is back in all her EastEnders glory in this show!
My guess is that somebody at the BBC must have promised Jessie Wallace
a star 'vehicle' after EastEnders, and this was it. Here she gets to
outdo herself in EastEnderishness. Admittedly she does this very
efficiently, but who needs it? Everything in this film is clichéd to
the ultimate degree. The characters are stereotypes one and all.
Nathaniel Parker plays the standard posh public school person that he has cornered the market in. He is actually the head of a public school in this one. Only he goes silly over Jessie Wallace and her son (who live in the worst street in Britain). He's engaged in a feud with his deputy head and giving a place to a boy from the gutter is part of that.
The boy himself has an accent quite unlike the familiar EastEnders one of his mother and the rest of the family. How is that to be explained? I found him quite hard to understand.
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i didn't really want to watch this as ugly Betty was on on the other
channel, but for the first half hour i tuned in, as nothing was on, and
I'm glad i did. i ended up watching the whole thing - ugly Betty can
wait!!! it bought tears to my eyes when he read the poem but it also
made me laugh at times, although I'm sad that the characters didn't get
together at the end - but i suppose you could argue that that would
make the plot predictable and completely goes against the object of the
drama. the physics teacher that was cheating with the head teachers
wife was a slimy git!! i so wanted him to be found out!! the acting was
great and Jessie Wallace was superb and it was nice to see her back on
our screens again!! i also liked the boy that played kyle but i don't
know his name - he would make an even better actor in the future.
lastly, it was nice to see such a good drama on BBC for a change instead of itv. i've lost count of the amount of great dramas on itv whist BBC has produced many dramas that have been let downs to say the least - I'm glad to see the TV license being used to produce such a true-to-life drama - MORE OF THE SAME PLEASE BBC!!!!!
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