Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister and Frances de la Tour join David Walliams in new sitcom for BBC One

Date: 28.03.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.00
BBC One’s brand new school-based sitcom created by and starring David Walliams and written by Walliams with The Dawson Brothers today unveils an all-star cast.

Big School (w/t), a 6x30-minute series set in a secondary school, is a comedy about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards.

David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Mr Stink) will play 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.

Philip Glenister (Life On Mars, Mad Dogs, Cranford) plays the lothario gym teacher Mr Gunn whilst 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) will play 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) will play 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, Mr Stink, will reunite to make Big School which will be produced by Jo Sargent and executive produced by Mark Freeland.

Big School will be directed by Tony Dow (Only Fools And Horses, Nighty Night, Hunderby). Filming will commence within the next few weeks in the Greater London area.

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