A new 6×30-minute series for BBC One set in a secondary school, is a comedy about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards.
Philip plays the lothario gym teacher Mr Gunn.
David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Mr Stink) plays 40-something chemistry teacher Mr Church, who has taught at Greybridge School for years. Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, The Office USA, Doctor Who) plays the school’s enthusiastic new recruit, Miss Postern, who despite being a French teacher has never actually been to France.
Frances de la Tour (Rising Damp, The History Boys, Harry Potter movies) will play Ms Baron, the no-nonsense, plain-speaking headmistress of Greybridge School.
Joanna Scanlan (The Thick Of It, Getting On, Little Britain) plays Mrs Klebb, the nosey and interfering drama teacher, while Steve Speirs (Eragon, Extras, Cemetery Junction) plays Mr Barber, the pessimistic geography teacher who’s counting down the days until he can retire.
Finally, Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie, Ideal, Black Mirror) plays Mr Martin, the mod-like music teacher who desperately wants to be mates with the kids and still clings to his dream of becoming a rock star.
Mark Freeland, BBC Head of In-House Comedy, says: “Led by David Walliams, it’s an absolute privilege to work with such a brilliant cast and off-screen production team. Like my Latin GCSE, nothing can go wrong. At least that’s what I thought at the time.”
Big School is a BBC Production in association with Bert Productions. The production team behind David Walliams’ last outing on BBC One, the BAFTA nominated Mr Stink, reunite to make Big School which is produced by Jo Sargent and executive produced by Mark Freeland.
Big School is directed by Tony Dow (Only Fools And Horses, Nighty Night, Hunderby).
Episode 1 is on BBC One at 9pm on Friday 16th August 2013.