Bad Education returns with musical Christmas special

Bad Education returns in December with a musical-themed Christmas special


Ahead of the show’s fifth series in 2024, a one-off episode will air this festive period – and it’s a musical!

This unique episode showcases the Class K cast in a new light, with original songs and choreography weaving a story inspired by Charles Dickens. Adding to the festive excitement, Jack Whitehall makes a special Christmas appearance as Alfie Wickers, delivering a standout musical theatre performance.

Bad Education: A Christmas Carol cast

In this episode, set on the last day of the Christmas term at Abbey Grove, drama teacher Stephen orchestrates a mock funeral for himself to discover how he will be remembered when he leaves for a pantomime role.

However, the plot takes a twist when he’s visited by the ghost of Alfie, who foretells Stephen’s encounter with three ghosts that night. These spectral visits are intended to teach Stephen a valuable lesson and to inspire him to cherish his teaching career more than Alfie ever did.

Stephen’s future at Abbey Grove hinges on what he learns from these extraordinary events and the crucial decision he must make about his career path.


The all-singing, all-dancing Bad Education Christmas Special airs on BBC Three on Wednesday, 13 December at 9PM.

You’ll also be able to watch online via BBC iPlayer.

Bad Education: A Christmas Carol. L-R: Stephen (LAYTON WILLIAMS), Mitchell (CHARLIE WERNHAM). Credit: BBC/Tiger Aspect Productions/Adam Lawrence

Bad Education renewed for fifth series

Meanwhile Bad Education is set for a comeback in the new year with its fifth instalment.

Originally premiering in 2012, the comedy enjoyed three seasons, a Christmas special, and a 10-year reunion special in 2022, which saw Jack Whitehall reprise his role as Alfie Wickers, leading up to a revitalized fourth series.

The returning ensemble includes Layton Williams, Charlie Wernham, Vicki Pepperdin, Mathew Horne, Asha Hassan, Anthony J Abraham, Bobby Johnson, Laura Marcus, Ali Hadji-Heshmati and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers.

The upcoming episodes tease intriguing dynamics: Stephen and Mitchell continue their distinctive teaching styles, while the ever-present headteacher, Ms. Hoburn, keeps a tight rein on things. Mr. Fraser remains a fixture in the school kitchen.

The series also revisits class K, featuring the likes of glamorous gossip Usma, aspiring roadman Inchez, the naïve Harrison, activist Jinx, the quirky Warren, and the lively hustler Blessing.


Layton Williams, currently appearing in Strictly Come Dancing, said: “I’m so buzzing that everyone embraced the new Bad Education! Thanks to yous, we’re back and badder than ever, creating more chaos with a super talented bunch. More life, more laughs, more looks!”

The show is scheduled to air in 2024 on BBC Three and iPlayer with a release date to be announced.

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