Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. He is about to resign after a dramatic experiment. However, the arrival of the new French teacher changes everything.
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Series cast summary:
 Mr. Church (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Miss Postern (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Mr. Gunn (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Ms Baron (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Mr. Barber (12 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Mrs. Klebb (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
Matthew Fenton ...
 Nicholas (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Mr. Hubble (9 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Mr. Martin (9 episodes, 2013-2014)
Jocelyn Jee Esien ...
 Daphne (7 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Pat (6 episodes, 2013)
 Manyou (6 episodes, 2013)
Georgia Thompson ...
 Beyonce (6 episodes, 2013)
Carla Ryan ...
 Tina (6 episodes, 2013)
Cheryl Fergison ...
 Jo (6 episodes, 2014)


The series follows Keith Church (David Walliams), a socially naive chemistry teacher at the fictional Greybridge Secondary School, near Watford, North London, who falls for new French teacher Sarah Postern (Catherine Tate), who believes herself to be an inspirational teacher, in tune with youth culture and a beautiful woman. However she is also getting attention from arrogant and rude sports teacher Trevor Gunn (Philip Glenister). Other staff members include Ms Baron (Frances de la Tour) as the alcoholic 'no nonsense' headteacher, Mr Martin (Daniel Rigby), a music teacher with ambitions to be a singer-songwriter, Mr Barber (Steve Speirs), a geography teacher who is having a nervous breakdown and is employed as a caretaker in the second series and Mr Hubble (James Greene), the elderly and confused head of science. The pupils at the school are portrayed as being mainly interested in social networking, texting and partying and as being bored by the attempts of Mr Church and Miss Postern ...

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Five cast members have all appeared in Doctor Who. Catherine Tate played the part of Donna Noble, the Doctor's companion, David Walliams played the part of Gibbis in The God Complex, James Greene played the abbot in The Bells of Saint John and Jovian Wade played Rigsy in Flat line and Fear The Raven, Steve Speirs played Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen. See more »

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30 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have known my share of Brits both online and IRL. It's funny to me how some of their shows are only a slightly exaggerated fiction of how the culture and a lot of the people are. IMO this is one of those shows. I like the dry, silly, subtle humor that is sometimes taken over the top. The characters are delightful. They're people I would want to work with and socialize in real life. The scenarios are believable even though it's fictional comedy.

I think the UK has a lot of comedy to offer. With most of what we're exposed to in America constantly trying so hard to be so in your face, the subtle, silly humor of the English which is often hilarious or consistently funny from one joke to the next is a great change of pace. The crowding and rush of America is always apparent in American television. I think the humble paced, sensibly spaced configuration of English living comes through in a lot of their film and television.

It's to say not all competitions are won by being at the front of the line but slow and steady really can win the race. Consider the success of The Office and Extras. Both are American versions of British shows, both are huge successes and both remained true to that slow, humble pace of British television. Our culture is far more developed by a few decades but their etiquette within their middle class is surely superior.

So why does my review omit any real information about the show? Because it could be about a crew of factory workers in a tuna canning plant. The style of humor, dialog and characters would still be the same. Silly, humble, consistently funny and slowly building to taking it all over the top. I very much prefer this in contrast to American humor typically trying to make every single joke or bit way over the top because it is the standard format.

I wish American art AND culture would veer slightly in the direction of the British.

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