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Duration: 1 hour

Toby Young, the journalist and author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, is leading a group of middle class parents attempting to set up one of Britain's first so-called 'free schools', in west London. His determination to be the first means an ambitious deadline and an enormous amount of work to do, against fierce opposition.

The film follows the group's trials and tribulations over a turbulent nine months and gives a glimpse into a world where no-one can escape that very English subject of class. Will Toby succeed this time in winning friends and influencing people?

Last on

Fri 26 Nov 2010 02:55 BBC One

  • School Season

    School Season

    This programme is part of School Season on BBC Two, a collection of programmes focusing on education, our schools and the tough choices parents have to make.

    Go to the School Season website
  • Photo: Toby Young

    Photo: Toby Young

    Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, reads to his son, Freddie.


Toby Young
Shona Thompson
Shona Thompson
Executive Producer
Alan Hayling


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