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Behind the Bike Sheds

BLATANT NUDGE-NUDGE TITLE belied boring content of this equivalent of those school assemblies when your teachers tried to show their “funny side” by dressing up as Frank Spencer or singing Abba songs on a guitar. School possessed of the titular freestanding snog’n’smoke outhouse was Fulley Comprehensive (do you, ah, fuck it) and was populated by, variously, headmaster Pericles Braithewaite, caretaker Poskitt (played by, er, Kjartan Poskitt), headmistress Miss Megan Bigge, aka Megapig, deputy Whistle Willie (tee hee) and great hordes of the Harehills Youth Dance Theatre prone to start throwing shapes at the flimsiest opportunity.



  1. Matthew Rudd

    August 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I remember Adam Sunderland interviewing Alannah Currie on this. Was Adam a character or the name of the actor?

  2. Lee James Turnock

    April 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Was this the one that caused a bit of a rumpus because there was a scene with some dick at a football match throwing darts onto the pitch?

  3. Damon

    September 19, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Ahh yes. In the first series the cast wore blue and pink school uniforms, nice and tailored so they would swirl around when they danced. In the second series the uniforms turned a more realistic, and slightly more boring, grey colour.

    The main character, for me anyway, was the young light brown haired boy whose name I forget. I recall seeing the actor on a kids TV show around that time saying how much he liked meditating.

    I also recall that the school caretaker on the show was played by Kjartan Poskitt – he jumped out at me because he was a semi-regular on Swap Shop; he and a woman (possibly called Patsy) used to help out on the Swaparamas – so as I understand it, Kjartan and the Patsy-woman would do the swapping out of the boxing ring stage thing they had, while Keith and Maggie were otherwise occupied on their outside broadcast.

    Bit too much singing and dancing for me, though had funny bits and a bit of drama.

  4. Droogie

    March 25, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I remember the kid that originally presented this was the grandson in those Heinz soup adverts with his grandad. There was also a pretty actress called Jenny Jay who I had a bit of a crush on. She went on to play Carmen in Bread and also appeared in a BBC School Play about a girl wanting to be a Page 3 girl that I remember making me funny in the tummy. Tony Slattery also appeared as a hip teacher.

  5. Droogie

    June 2, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    @Palimpsest Thanks for the share. Got a Proustian rush there hearing the Scene theme and seeing that 80’s BBC2 logo again.

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