I’m a father of two so I spend a lot of nights parked on the couch digging through Netflix for something to watch. Usually my wife sits next to me swiping through facebook sporadically looking up to ask questions like “Who is that?” and “When did she die?” As much as I love answering those questions on a rare occasion I find myself with a spare 15 minutes(ish) with the television to myself. During these brief periods I would stick on a documentary but i got sick of watching the first 15 minutes of everything and forgetting what I had started so I made the switch to the TV series. After I re-watched all the gems Netflix has like Extras, I’m Alan Partridge, Peep Show etc. I decided to venture into something I’d never seen before and that led me to Big School.
Big School is a British sitcom based in a secondary school. It stars David Walliams (Little Britain) and Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, Big Train) and as much as it pains me to say it I didn’t completely hate it even though I’m not the biggest fan of either of them. I did love the first two seasons of Little Britain.
Back in 2003 when Little Britain first hit the small screen I was 14. I hadn’t seen the likes of The League of Gentlemen or Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and I pretty new to comedy that wasn’t animated. I thought Little Britain was great and I still kind of do. I never watched Little Britain USA and I probably never will.
Big School however isn’t a sketch show. It tells the story of Mr Church (played by Walliams) who has the “hots” for the new French teacher Miss Postern (Catherine Tate) and it takes place in a school filled with all the cliches. The jaded teens, the bully’s, the bullied, the populars ones and so forth. Pretty basic stuff. The teachers are the best bit about it especially Mr Gunn and Mr Barber. These were the two characters that made me laugh the most. Mr Gunn is like Jay from The Inbetweeners in PE teacher form. Mr Barber the geography teacher is played by Steve Speirs who provide me with my favourite moment in Extras. For some reason it reminded me of Summer Height High. The intro music is very similar and Walliams character has undertones of Mr G the best drama teacher the world has ever seen. If you haven’t seen Summer Heights High then I suggest you put it on your “To Watch” list.
Overall Big School is worth a watch if you are looking for something easy to watch. It didn’t hit me with any burst out laughing moments or anything worth quoting in conversation but sometimes it’s good to switch your brain off for 25 minutes and watch something light hearted.