The summer holidays have flown by and just like that the kids are back at school. It might be sad for some or a relief for others! To prepare for the new term ahead, we’ve gathered our top picks for shows about schools that you can watch for free with Freeview Play on your Mitchell and Brown Smart TV. From teacher/student comedies to teen dramas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Bad Education – BBC iPlayer
A classic silly comedy from Jack Whitehall, you can catch up on all 3 seasons before it returns to our screens in 2023! Alfie is disruptive, doesn’t pay attention and has a huge crush on Miss Gulliver – too bad he’s a teacher and not a student!
Waterloo Road – BBC iPlayer
There’s nothing normal about this rowdy Comprehensive High School, expect blackmail, scandal, fights, and affairs! This much-loved series is set to return for an 11th series, you can catch up on all previous episodes now with Freeview Play.
The school that tried to end racism – All 4
Discover the more serious side of schooling with this BAFTA winning documentary. Trying to eradicate hidden racial biases in a British school, this series explores how it affects our lives and what we can do to tackle racism in education.
Ackley Bridge – All 4
Get ready for fall outs, problem pupils and some heart-warming moments too. A new academy school merges the lives and cultures of a largely divided White and Asian community in Yorkshire. Ackley Bridge has returned for a 5th season, catch up now on Freeview Play.
Fresh Meat – All 4
From the curators of the Peep Show, Fresh Meat is a comedy drama series shedding some light on the often embarrassing, hilarious or painful experiences of being a university student. Set in Manchester, follow the highs and lows of a group of students in a shared house.
The Inbetweeners – All 4
Arguably one the most popular TV shows set in a school, this smash-hit adolescent comedy explores getting drunk too quickly, futile crushes and trying to fit in and failing miserably! Don’t miss out on this laugh out loud comedy about lads behaving sadly.