That’ll Teach ‘Em: Boys Versus Girls, Channel 4

by | Apr 4, 2006 | All, Reviews

Tuesday 4 April 2006

Did we like it?

Watching the latest recreation of education’s good old days felt like a re-sit. We’ve covered the same subject matter (bad hair, bad food, bad clothes, bad behaviour blah, blah, blah) several times before and it’s getting stale.

What was good about it?

• Miss Gibson and her sexy specs. She’s so erotic with her matter-of-fact ways.

• Scally Scouser Luke Mills who fell foul of the 1950s regime (just learn/don’t try to be a person) by smuggling in a mobile phone and impersonating the hammy headmaster SR Warr.

• The ingenuity of the girl who hid strips of Galaxy chocolate inside her sanitary towels.

• The programme did prove that today’s pupils giggle childishly a lot, can’t keep their mouths shut for a second and are pretty thick (eg the girl who thought the oesophagus was called the food pipe).

What was bad about it?

• The jokey title sequence should be beneath Channel 4. Leave such stupidity to ITV, please.

• The attempt to add some serious gloss the project by banging on about the fact that girls and boys performed equally well at school in the 1950s but now boys do “10 per cent worse”. (Show us your working out, we demand). The producers didn’t really care about exploring this properly so it seemed as convincing as the excuses given by the kids when they’re chocolate supply was uncovered.

• The ridiculous remark that “the 1950s was an age of scientific excellence, so these kids have much to live up to”. Chuck out your computers and your cancer-curing drugs, we’re off back to the 1950s

• Pathetic pupil Brennon Gunston who skulked away from the school. Good riddance to you, your straggly hair, your Mick Jagger-like whine and your immaturity.

Luke Knowles

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