From Musharaf's stammer victory to Mr Bispham's poetry wars, we take a look at the most uplifting moments in Twofour Broadcast's educational documentaries
Twofour Broadcast, the production company behind hit fixed-rig series such as Educating Yorkshire has been hard at work with new TV documentary,The Kings & Queens of Speech. Drawing to a close on Sky1, the series followed six schools preparing for a national debating competition.
Fixed rigs have witnessed a surge in popularity recently, with the BBC commissioning several upcoming 60-minute documentaries including This Is Tottenham and The Mosque. ITV have also recently commissioned The Divorce Clinic.
Take a look at the most uplifting moments from the Educating franchise….
Musharaf's stammer victory
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Educating Yorkshire star Musharaf ‘Mushy’ Asghar triumphed over his lifelong stammer. Much to the delight of audiences and his teachers alike, he was able to find his voice and deliver a speech to classmates. Testament to the teachers that persevered including Mr Burton, the series picked up several gongs, including the RTS Programme Award for Documentary Series. Musharaf later featured in spin-off Stammer School which followed young people overcoming their stammers.
After Essex and Yorkshire, Channel 4 headed to London for the third fly-on-the-wall school documentary series, Educating the East End. Shedding light on the challenges faced by young teenagers with autism, Christopher was one of several autistic students at Walthamstow’s Frederick Bremer School. Despite some struggles studying in a mainstream school, his constant positivity was one of the most heartfelt moments of the series. For the finale, Christopher prepared for life beyond school, taking a sporadic trip outside the school gates, declaring, The more afraid you are of something, the more exciting it can be.
Educating the East End’s Mr Bispham confessed that as a trainee teacher, he’d dreamt of Sbeing Mr Keating in Dead Poets Society. While Bipsham aimed to instil a love of Shakespeare in his students, we don’t think he envisaged his Year 7 students teasing him via Shakespearean verses. Among the many remarks his students uttered included: ‘my master’s hairline no longer exists’ and ‘His head is as bald as Humpty Dumpty’.
Ryan’s career dreams
Educating Yorkshire’s Thornhill Community Academy played host to Ryan whose lofty ambitions stole the heart of audiences. A self-confessed ‘ageing Yorkshire man’, Ryan discusses his future career plans with Mr Burton. His career of choice is either: SAn actor, policeman or fireman…something that will help or entertain people.