Big School

Series 1 - Episode 5



Viewers have taken to Big School (co-written by David Walliams and the Dawson brothers) in droves and they are rewarded by plenty of these crowd-pleasing moments (come on, who doesn’t want to watch Philip Glenister drag David Walliams from a set of wall-bars?). But the real scene-stealer is Steve Speirs (he was Ricky Gervais’s unwanted “friend” in Extras) as sentimental, self-dramatising Welsh geography teacher Mr Barber. He’s prepared his class for an important exam: “I’m looking for the geography teachers of tomorrow.” Or so he thinks.

Meanwhile, Greybridge School is transfixed by rumours that the chemistry department’s prissy deputy head Mr Church has slept with thick French teacher Miss Postern. The rumour was started by Cro-Magnon gym teacher Mr Gunn, Miss Postern’s other suitor and Mr Church’s rival. In a big slapstick set-piece Church and Gunn (Walliams and Glenister) wrestle – literally – for Miss Postern’s affections.


Miss Postern foolishly signs up for a triathlon without knowing what it involves, so Mr Gunn offers to help with her training - and sure enough, jealous Mr Church develops a sudden interest in exercise so he can keep an eye on the pair. Meanwhile, drama teacher Mrs Klebb sets up a new action group to stop violence at school - although it remains to be seen whether her colleagues will take any notice.

Cast & Crew

Mr Church David Walliams
Miss Postern Catherine Tate
Mr Gunn Philip Glenister
Ms Baron Frances de la Tour
Mrs Klebb Joanna Scanlan
Mr Barber Steve Speirs
Mr Hubble James Greene
Pat Julie T Wallace
Manyou Joivan Wade
Beyonce Georgia Thompson
Tina Carla Ryan
Teacher Joyce Veheary
Teacher Matthew McPherson
Teacher Beatrice Curnew
Director Tony Dow
Producer Jo Sargent
Writer David Walliams
Writer The Dawson Bros
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