Top TV Teachers

As Greg Davies stars in Man Down, we investigate some of the best in class... on screen

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When you were at school, teachers weren’t people; they were the enemy. Now you’re older, they make some of the richest, funniest characters on screen: desperate figures with absolute authority but no respect. Here are some of the top screen teachers at the head of the class.

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Mr Wickers (Bad Education)

How can you lead a class when you’re more immature than the students? Newly graduated Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) is the childish history teacher at Abbey Grove, desperate to be down with da kids. Well, they definitely look down on him.


 Mr Gilbert (The Inbetweeners)

Teenagers are horrible things: obnoxious, oozing and they smell. Imagine being trapped in a room with them every single day and you can understand why Mr Gilbert is so angry. Greg Davies is the towering, glowering head of sixth form, who makes our heroes’ lives a living hell.


Mrs Krabappel (The Simpsons)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLNkbRvraho

Edna wasted her youth, looks and dignity on a braying swarm of children. Her worst enemy is Bart Simpson, a vicious little heathen who delights in causing her misery. Her only respite are cigarettes and her milquetoast boyfriend, Principal Skinner. Now quiet down class. Teacher has a hangover.


 Mr Casey (Teachers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feVw-DivPW8

The dog ate your homework. Simon (Andrew Lincoln) hates school more than his class does. He spends his time bunking off, bonking other teachers and smoking behind the bike sheds. He eventually left Summerdown Comprehensive, but returned as a substitute teacher. Shall we put a video on?


 Mr Keating (Dead Poets Society)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJsjNNp0foE

The teacher who makes dead poets come alive. Through a combination of shouting and clambering on furniture, John Keating (Robin Williams) gets his disaffected class of rich kids hooked on the Romantic poets. He is the bane of Ofsted inspectors everywhere. Oh captain my captain!

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