Firecracker’s new Scottish venture has secured its first commission with ‘The Class Next Door’ (3x60’) for Channel 4. The series sees mums and dads return to the schoolroom to discover what life is like for their 11-year old children.
In each episode the parents are placed in the room next door to their children and made to follow the same regime, including wearing uniform, sitting cross-legged and taking part in PE lessons.
The show has been commissioned as pupils face even greater pressure to perform in SAT exams as grammar schools look set to return.
‘The Class Next Door’ is expected to air at 8pm and was ordered by C4 education commissioning editor Emily Jones, who said “This is a playful idea which will appeal both to adults and children that has serious question at its heart. What is it really like being 11 today? And if you had the chance to do it again, what would you do differently?”
Firecracker’s Chief Creative Officer, Jes Wilkins added: “I’m very excited about this new series both because it’s the first series to be produced out of our new Glasgow office and because it’s the kind of cracking cocktail of social purpose and warm hearted entertainment that we love to make.”
You can read more about the show on Broadcast here.