That'll Teach 'Em
|That'll Teach 'Em|
|Also known as||That'll Teach 'Em: Boys Versus Girls (2006)|
|Narrated by||John Sessions (Series 1)|
Paul McGann (Series 2)
Richard E. Grant (Series 3)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Running time||60 minutes (including advertisements)|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Picture format||576i (PAL)|
|Original release||August 5, 2003 –|
May 2, 2006
Each series follows around 30 teenage students who have recently completed their GCSEs as they are taken back to a 1950s/1960s style British boarding school. The show sets out to analyse whether the standards that were integral to the school life of the time helped to produce better exam results, to the current GCSE results and to compare certain contemporary educational methods with modern ones (e.g. vocational vs. academic focus for the less "gifted").
As part of the experience, the participants are expected to board at a traditional school house, abiding by strict discipline, adopting to 1950s/1960s diet and following a strict uniform dress code. Throughout the series, a number of students have either been expelled for misconduct, or have chosen to leave the school voluntarily.
There were three series of the show, the first airing in August 2003 (recreating a 1950s grammar school and featuring academically high-achieving pupils), the second in August 2004 (a 1960s secondary modern and the academically average or poor) and the third and final series in April 2006 (a 1950s grammar school again, this time focusing on practical sciences and with single-sex classes).
For the third series, a spin-off series, That'll Test 'Em, aired on More4 after the main programme. It saw pupils featured in the That'll Teach 'Em episode just aired being quizzed in competition with their parents on topics that they should have known well after their time in 1950s education.
The format has been adapted in France, Spain, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and Chile. The international rights are distributed by DRG.
|Norway||Internatet (Feriekolonien)||TV Norge||2|
|Belgium (Flanders)||De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig||SBS
|Netherlands||Dat zal ze leren!||RTL 5||1|
|Spain||Curso del 63
Curso del 73
|Germany||Die harte Schule der 50er Jahre||ZDF||1|
|Italy||Il collegio||Rai 2||4|
The first series of the show was filmed over 4 weeks in June, 2003, at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. It featured 15 boys and 15 girls who had just sat their GCSEs.
|Harry Elgood||Clare Dery|
|Nic Hall||Seraphina Evans|
|Colum Hughes||Nichola Greenhalgh|
|Freddie Hutchins||Henrietta Haines|
|Tom Jewell||Victoria Julien|
|Richard Mylles||Hina Khan|
|Rajay Naik||Kathryn McGeough|
|Blaine Pike||Holly McGuire|
|Ryan Smithson||Emma Pinchbeck|
|Andrew Stratton||Harriet Rykens|
|Matthew Sweeney||Hannah Smith|
|Ali Unwin||Frances Weaver|
|Simon Waller||Tarot Wells|
|Andy Walne||Rebecca Woodward|
|Joe McCready||Nadia Freeman|
Joe McCready was expelled during the series and Nadia Freeman chose to leave the school voluntarily.
The second series of the show was also filmed at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.
Series 3 was filmed during August 2005 at St Joseph's College in Ipswich. The series returned to the setting of a 1950s grammar school, only this time, with an emphasis on practical sciences and boys and girls being taught separately. The languages teacher in series 1 and 2, Simon Warr, took on the additional role of headmaster in Series 3.
|Rob Hudson (Head Boy)||Meng-Yuan Sun|
|Hugh Gilroy||Victoria Buxton (first Head Girl)|
|William Ho||Ashleigh Walters|
|Sebastian Jefford||Corrine Stewart|
|Simon Taylor||Jessica Boulton|
|Qadeer Razaque||Jenny Ritzman|
|James Ingram||Kayleigh Durman|
|Philip Donald||Hollie Dearman|
|John Kemple||Anna Clift|
|Luke Mills||Sally Rushton (second Head Girl, taking over from Victoria Buxton)|
|Scott Peters||Amy Jampa-Ngoen|
|Chris Hedley||Samantha Wyvill|
|Nathan Anidugbe||Ruby Lally|
|Michael Petkov||Emily Williams|
|Brennon Gunston||Rosie Morton|
|Joe Seath||Francesca Bruce|
Scott Peters was expelled during the series and Brennon Gunston, Rosie Morton and Amy Jampa-Ngoen chose to leave the school voluntarily. After failing to stop some girls from using the telephone in the laundry room, Victoria Buxton was forced to step down from her position as Head Girl. In addition, Brennon Gunston and Rosie Morton were replaced with Joe Seath and Francesca Bruce respectively.
The first and second series of the programme were filmed at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. The third series was filmed at St Joseph's College in Ipswich.
- Slater, Jack (22 February 2020). "Simon Warr's career from Channel 4's That'll Teach 'Em to Presumed Guilty". metro.co.uk. Metro. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
- Geater, Paul (22 February 2020). "Suffolk broadcaster Simon Warr has died". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
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