Educating Yorkshire gets a Christmas special

Channel 4's chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, also announced a follow-up to Drugs Live and the return of 19th century period drama, The Mill in 2014


Anyone who enjoyed Educating Yorkshire will be pleased to hear the staff and pupils of Thornhill Community Academy won’t be off our screens for long…


Mr Mitchell and his students will return for a Christmas special later this year when cameras revisit some of Educating Yorkshire’s best known characters to see how they are progressing in their new school year. 

The one-off episode will also celebrate some of the highlights of the six-part series and was announced by Channel 4’s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, at the broadcaster’s presentation of its 2014 schedule to advertisers. 

With details of the episode still being ironed out, a Channel 4 spokeswoman has said it is too soon to confirm which of Thornhill’s choice characters will be making an appearance. 

Educating Yorkshire concluded at the end of October with 3 million viewers tuning in to watch English teacher Mr Burton’s attempts to help teenage Musharaf overcome his severe stammer. Channel 4 are currently looking for a new school to appear in the next series of the programme which previously filmed inside Passmores Academy in Essex. 

During the presentation, Hunt also revealed a second series of Channel 4’s first period drama, The Mill, has been commissioned, as has a follow-up to Drugs Live. The 90-minute one-off programme aired earlier this year and saw actor Keith Allen taking ecstacy and filming the live results.

The sequel will focus on the effects of high strength “skunk” cannabis on the human brain and will be conducted at University College London by psychopharmacologists Professor Val Curran from UCL and Professor David Nutt from Imperial College. 

Hunt also announced a new four-part series featuring motorcycle racer and lorry mechanic, Guy Martin, in which he sets up speed-based challenges. exclusively revealed today that Greg Davies’ comedy Man Down would also be getting a second series next year.