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Ahead of the Class with Julie Walters Tonight ITV1

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RTKangaMummy Sun 30-Jan-05 16:35:11

Ahead of the Class

Drama with Julie Walters

ITV1 9pm


lowcalCOD Sun 30-Jan-05 16:35:55

is it good?
how come you are such a tv freak?
do you watch lal of thes progs?

MistressMary Sun 30-Jan-05 16:36:51

oh love julie walters

noddyholder Sun 30-Jan-05 16:36:59

looks good but have to watch the bachelor on bbc3 at the same time best show on tv

PuffTheMagicDragon Sun 30-Jan-05 16:37:52

I'm looking forward to it, I like Julie Walters.

Kanga - when is nip/tuck coming on, I know it's moved to sky - I'm frightened I'll miss Julian!

RTKangaMummy Sun 30-Jan-05 16:42:03

Based on Marie Stubbs' novel. Top-draw drama as a headteacher saves an inner-city school from closure

Coddy I watch most of them while mumsnetting

I just like to help people so they don't miss programmes they were looking forward to because they are on Mumsnet.

gingerbear Sun 30-Jan-05 18:05:57

based on the true story- when Stephen Lawrence (head teacher)was stabbed to death outside the school in London, later school on special measures, then a retired head took over and turned school around - Julie Walters plays the retired head.

Tommy Sun 30-Jan-05 18:51:11

really want to watch this as I did a short teaching practice in this school (a long time ago)and it put me off teaching!

RTKangaMummy Sun 30-Jan-05 20:18:21

42 mins

RTKangaMummy Sun 30-Jan-05 20:42:27

18 mins

RTKangaMummy Sun 30-Jan-05 20:55:52

5 mins

flashingnose Mon 31-Jan-05 12:32:26

Did anyone see this?

anorak Mon 31-Jan-05 12:34:32

Yes. We didn't make it to the end I'm afraid. Julie Walters was brilliant as always but the story was full of cliches and not presented in a believable way.

If not for JW we would have given up ages before.

CountessDracula Mon 31-Jan-05 12:34:34

I thought it was very uplifting

flashingnose Mon 31-Jan-05 12:38:02

I have to say, I thought it was uplifting as well - even though there were plenty of cliches, the point was it was a true story, she really did turn the school round that quickly and that successfully.

flashingnose Mon 31-Jan-05 12:38:40

But the thought that this is what schools can be like made me feel quite ill .

anorak Mon 31-Jan-05 12:42:09

I'm glad she turned the school around so successfully, but I can't believe it was represented correctly.

It just didn't seem believable to us. Obviously it did happen, but I don't think it could have been an accurate representation of exactly how it happened. Real people just don't behave like that.

coppertop Mon 31-Jan-05 13:03:22

I was looking forward to this but thought it had far too many cheesey moments in it. Julie Walters was great but the script needed some help. I kept expecting the kind of background music you get in those true story films that Channel 5 shows in the afternoons.

Metrobaby Mon 31-Jan-05 13:11:57

I enjoyed this too. I want to buy the book now . She struck me as a very inspirational woman.

Yurtgirl Mon 31-Jan-05 13:16:14

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Yurtgirl Mon 31-Jan-05 13:34:39

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happymerryberries Mon 31-Jan-05 16:27:47

It took 18 months to 'do' what took 2 hours in the film, so things were abbreviated.

I call my pupils 'children' sometimes, because they are. I also call them ladies and gentlemen, because many of them are and I want the rest to be too.

They are not adults and while I always treat then with respect it isn't helpful to treat them as adults.

winnie Mon 31-Jan-05 16:32:15

I read about this and wanted to watch it, but saw trailers and Julie Waters character reminded me too much of Acorn Antiques and I just couldn't face it

flashingnose Mon 31-Jan-05 16:34:02

hmb, did the behaviour in the school bear any resemblance to what happens in yours?

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