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Natalie Haynes' Back to School

Former school teacher, then stand-up and now writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes relives the highlights and horrors of school days, courtesy of the BBC archive:

* Bleak Expectations
Series 1 (1/6) A Childhood Cruelly Kippered:
Mark Evans's Dickensian spoof reveals the downward spiral of young Pip Bin's life. Stars Richard Johnson, Anthony Head, Celia Imrie and Geoffrey Whitehead. From August 2007.

* The Jason Byrne Show
Series 1 (1/6) Education:
Award-winning Irish comedian Jason Byrne takes aim at the world of classrooms, teachers and school-bullying. With guest Ivan Brackenbury. From July 2008.

* The Burkiss Way
Series 2 (9/13) Skive from School the Burkiss Way:
Can 'Moses Minor' lead the boys of Greyfriars away from the clutches of their oppressors? Starring Fred Harris, Jo Kendall, Chris Emmett and Nigel Rees. From February 1977.

* Clare in the Community
Series 1 (6/6) Stage Fright:
The social worker and control freak's disgruntled husband Brian writes a play based on their marriage. Stars Sally Phillips and Alex Lowe. From December 2004.

* King Street Junior
Series 2 (9/10) Sports Day:
As both pupils and staff get in training, school headmaster Mr Beeston gets a cryptic note. Stars James Grout and Peter Davison. From March 1987.

* Hancock's Half Hour
Series 4 (15/20) The Old School Re-Union:
Surprises are in store as the lad heads back for prize-giving day at his old school. Stars Tony Hancock, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques, Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. From January 1957.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2013.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Sat 5 Sep 2015 19:00