23 October 2014
| 6.9/10 |
4 September 2014
| Mat Davidson, Chris White|
British Academy Television Award for Best Factual Series
Documentary film, Reality television
Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire, Educating Cardiff, Derren Brown: Trick of th, Trick or Treat
Educating the East End is a British documentary television programme broadcast on Channel 4. The eight-episode first series was first broadcast from 4 September 2014. Its format is based on the BAFTA Award-winning 2011 series Educating Essex and the National Television Award-winning 2013 series, Educating Yorkshire. It follows the everyday lives of the staff and students of Frederick Bremer School in East London which is a comprehensive secondary school.
Educating the East End Wikipedia
Educating the East End was commissioned by Channel 4 after the success of Educating Yorkshire in 2013 and Educating Essex in 2011. Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky commissioned Twofour to produce a third "Educating…" documentary following a school in East London’s Walthamstow.
Ten sixty-minute episodes have been commissioned, the first eight will be shown from September to October 2014 with the other two episodes acting as specials. The original title for the series was Educating Walthamstow but shortly before transmission the title was changed to Educating the East End.
Before filming began Twofour advised Smith to get into contact with the headteachers of Educating Essex and Educating Yorkshire. They both reportly gave advice on handling the attention and stayed in contact throughout the filming process.
After the first episode was broadcast, The Guardian gave a favourable review, calling the show "funny, moving and inspirational". The Daily Telegraph also gave the show a good review rating it 4 out of 5 stars and saying "it was charming and found the power of stories".