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Harrow: A Very British School

  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Shells, Beaks and Boaters

Summary

Documentary following staff and pupils at the boys' school. Filmed over the course of a year, the programme explores the most eccentric customs and traditions of the public school, which counts former prime minister Winston Churchill and actor Benedict Cumberbatch among its famous alumni. In the first edition, homesickness gets the better of Oliver, Sachin, and Dillon - who has travelled from Malawi - as they leave their families behind to begin life in their uniformed blue blazers and grey trousers.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It’s a world of arcane terminology and old traditions, but every year, another group of Shells (new boys) arrives in north-west London to start five years’ education at West Acre, one of the 12 houses of Harrow School, the alma mater of Byron, Churchill… and Benedict Cumberbatch.

For many, it’s their first experience of boarding, and it’s not long before homesickness – and a certain truculence – sets in for the likes of Malawian Dillon and Sachin from Leicester. “The first day was pretty scary: you’re bottom of the food chain,” says Londoner Olly, who’s not impressed by the natty straw boater he’s obliged to wear. But Harrow has the answer: lots of prep, sports and dressing up in a frock for a play. Miles Jupp narrates laconically, but this isn’t aiming to ruffle any feathers.

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  • Episode 1

    Shells, Beaks and Boaters

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    Summary

    Documentary following staff and pupils at the boys' school. Filmed over the course of a year, the programme explores the most eccentric customs and traditions of the public school, which counts former prime minister Winston Churchill and actor Benedict Cumberbatch among its famous alumni. In the first edition, homesickness gets the better of Oliver, Sachin, and Dillon - who has travelled from Malawi - as they leave their families behind to begin life in their uniformed blue blazers and grey trousers.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    It’s a world of arcane terminology and old traditions, but every year, another group of Shells (new boys) arrives in north-west London to start five years’ education at West Acre, one of the 12 houses of Harrow School, the alma mater of Byron, Churchill… and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    For many, it’s their first experience of boarding, and it’s not long before homesickness – and a certain truculence – sets in for the likes of Malawian Dillon and Sachin from Leicester. “The first day was pretty scary: you’re bottom of the food chain,” says Londoner Olly, who’s not impressed by the natty straw boater he’s obliged to wear. But Harrow has the answer: lots of prep, sports and dressing up in a frock for a play. Miles Jupp narrates laconically, but this isn’t aiming to ruffle any feathers.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

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    Repeat

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    NOW TV Sky Documentaries
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