Review for Big School Series 2
A new term at Greybridge High School and that means another six episodes of hilarious mishaps from the school teachers who all claim to be in charge, but are far from it. This time we get to experience a Careers Day, Miss Postern's Birthday... if anyone can remember it, a new teacher who happens to be blind, Parent's Evening, An inspection from Ofsted, Bullying and a mishap in the school which could bring Miss Postern and Mr Church closer. Though that might not be a good thing for either.
Big School is a wonderfully simple show that hits all the right notes. The cast is wonderful, headed up by David Walliams (who also co-wrote the series) as Mr Church, the Chemistry teacher. He is surrounded by a wonderful selection of actors from Catherine Tate as French Teacher Sarah Postern, Philip Genister as the cocky PE Teacher and new Jog-graphy teacher and of course Frances de la Tour as the wonderful Headmistress Mrs Baron who warns the children 'Cross me and I will destroy you!'
The humour throughout is simple and that makes it all the more effective. Instead of the gross-out comedy of The Inbetweeners or the insane antics of The League of Gentlemen, this is almost a step back into a simpler time. The situations lead to the comedy rather than forcing the jokes or relying on cliches, repeated punchlines and jokes ad nauseum with a desire to force a meme or get a t-shirt slogan. I found myself watching all of these in one go and (as the show is currently being shown on BBC) watching them again when they were on. There is warmth to them that you don't really find in comedies anymore and that makes it all the more enjoyable.
The lack of extra features is a bit disappointing as I expected a few commentaries or at least a blooper reel. Nothing is given and most shows would suffer for this, but the six shows are strong enough to hold up on their own.
Big School Series 2 is a wonderful comedy that everyone will enjoy and one you will want to watch and rewatch until Series 3 comes along.