Jack Whitehall, one of the stand-out stars of Channel 4’s university-set sitcom Fresh Meat, is to get his own series on BBC3.
Bad Education casts Whitehall as schoolteacher Alfie, described as “the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system”.
Whitehall – until recently, better known as a stand-up comic and panel show guest – wrote the six-part series himself.
The commission forms part of a major push to increase BBC3’s comedy output.
Channel controller Zai Bennett announced a number of new shows, plus several recommissioned series and six 30-minute pilots for the web, coming under BBC3’s new online initiative, The Comedy Kitchen.
The latter will include single-camera sketch show Dawson Brothers Presents, The Boy with Tape on His Face, featuring the mime artist who became a YouTube sensation, and Breaking News, a new lookalike show by Alison Jackson, known for BBC2 series Doubletake, which featured doppelgangers of celebrities, political figures and the royal family, often in compromising situations.
Meanwhile, sitcom Him & Her, starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani, will return for a third series, parenting comedy Pramface – the first series of which is yet to be screened – has been handed a second run, and Russell Howard’s Good News has been recommissioned for multiple series.
New shows airing on BBC3 include The Revolution Will Be Televised, described as “Newsnight meets Trigger Happy TV”, and Some Girls, a sitcom set in an inner-city comprehensive school and written by Bernadette Davis, creator of BBC2’s cult 90s sitcom Game On.
Bennett said: “BBC3 is the channel that breaks new comedy in the UK.
“Our additional investment in The Comedy Kitchen and further online investment not only gives new talent and writers the time to grow and develop, but also ensures there is a clear nursery slope for them on to the channel, where we back series like Pramface with two series orders upfront.”