How to watch Bad Education anywhere



David has been watching TV outside of his home country for over 12 years. In addition to his streaming expertise, he has a wealth of experience in watching sports and documentaries, having spent many years following these genres. He is an avid fan of The Detectorists and Blue Planet, and also has a keen interest in English football.

Everyone’s favourite class of weirdos, dropouts and delinquents is back on our screens.

Yes, that’s right, a new series of Bad Education has arrived, and Class K is back in all its chaotic, madcap glory.

I was a huge fan of the original run of this show starring Jack Whitehall, and even though he has now left the series, it continues to be a superb mix of drama, pathos, and farcical comedy.

I will certainly be tuning in, but as I now live abroad, this has got a good deal harder because the BBC blocks people overseas from streaming shows like Bad Education on the BBC iPlayer.

But the good news is that I have found a solution. If you sign up for ExpressVPN, hook it up to a UK-based server, and then watch, you will have no problems streaming Bad Education from literally anywhere in the world.

So, if you want to watch Bad Education anywhere outside the UK, you need to read this essential guide.

What is Bad Education all about?

The premise and history of Bad Education

Bad Education follows Class K at Abbey Grove School, a failing school with some of the worst teachers in the country.

The class is populated by a group of misfits, a diverse group of very different kids thrown together by adversity and school life.

In the first three teachers, the creator of the show, Jack Whitehall, stars as Alfie Wickers, a posh newly graduated history teacher, who is no better at wooing fellow teacher Rosie Gulliver as he is teaching the kids.

He ropes them in to help him with inevitably farcical consequences. Subsequent series have seen two of the original pupils return to teach a new class. And it won’t surprise you to learn that things don’t go too much better for them, either.

The characters of Bad Education

In the new run of Bad Education, the returning pupils who are now teaching the class are Stephen, who was the camp character in the first run and Mitchell, who was the wannabe hardman.

Inevitably, the two most diametrically opposite characters have been thrown together for comic effect.

They have been joined by a new head teacher, Bernadette Hoburn, a strict new taskmaster, and a new class of pupils, including Usma, a glamorous, social media-obsessed gossip, Blessing, who is obsessed with money, and Inchez, an aspiring rapper.

Critical Reception of Bad Education

During its initial run, Bad Education received mixed reviews from critics but was loved by audiences.

With Jack Whitehall moving on, there were questions about how the new version would work. But critics love it.

The Radio Times called it “a joyful, quick-witted and comforting reminder of the old show, while still marking out its own territory.”

Meanwhile, in Attitude magazine, the new cast described the new series of the show as “bigger, better and worse” than ever before. Can’t wait!

How do I watch Bad Education where I am?

As I have already said, you can use a VPN to unblock the BBC iPlayer and watch Bad Education outside the UK.

How, you are probably wondering? After all, most people know of VPNs as online security and privacy tools if they know anything about them at all.

The answer is a quirk in how a VPN works. When you connect to a VPN, your internet data is redirected through an external server. This server’s location data replaces your own location as the place where websites think your data has originated from.

This is the clever bit. Because VPN servers can be located anywhere in the world, you can use a VPN to make it look as if you are connecting from almost any country you want.

So, if you connect to a UK-based server, you can make the BBC iPlayer think you are in the UK when you aren’t. And when you do this, it will let you watch all of its shows, and that includes Bad Education.

It really is as simple as that.

Where to get a VPN?

The key part of the process is to choose the right VPN for the job. This is something you have to get right, and is where I can help.

Lots of VPNs don’t work with the BBC iPlayer, while others lack key features you need to stream shows like Bad Education successfully.

I have tested all the top VPNs and it is ExpressVPN that consistently delivers for streamers wanting to watch shows on BBC iPlayer.

It has hundreds of UK-based servers, and all are capable of unblocking the BBC iPlayer to let you watch Bad Education.

ExpressVPN also offers super-fast connections, which means no buffering when you are streaming, and it has apps for almost every device, so you can enjoy Bad Education on whichever streaming device you want.

It also comes with a great deal right now on their annual package, which gives you a 49% discount and an additional three months for free.

If that isn’t enough, you will also get a 30-day money-back guarantee to let you try them for a month without committing any money.

If you still want to shop around, NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN also do a decent job and tick all the right boxes. But, I have to be honest and say that neither hits the same levels as ExpressVPN, in my expert opinion.

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How to watch Bad Education outside the UK

Once you have chosen ExpressVPN as the best VPN for you, you then need to figure out how to use it to unblock and watch Bad Education on the BBC iPlayer.

This is quite easy, but to help, here is a simple step-by-step guide for you to follow:

Step 1

Go to the ExpressVPN website and sign up for their one-year deal, which offers exceptional value for money because it comes with a 49% discount and an extra three months free.

Step 2

Download the ExpressVPN app onto all your streaming devices. Do this from either your device’s app store or their official website for security reasons.

Step 3

Open the ExpressVPN app and log in using the new username and password you were given in Step One.

Step 4

Open the app, then connect ExpressVPN to a UK-based server. You can do this by clicking the Selected Location option, choosing a server located in the United Kingdom, and then clicking the Connect button.

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Watch the show anywhere using ExpressVPN.

Step 5

Allow a few seconds while ExpressVPN sets up your connection.

Then, all you need to do is open the BBC iPlayer website or app and log in just like you would back home. Then, you are ready to enjoy Bad Education from anywhere in the world.

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What Channel is Bad Education on?

In the UK, you can watch Bad Education on BBC Three.

It is also streamed live and on-demand on the BBC iPlayer streaming service.

As I have explained, neither the channel nor the streaming service can be accessed from overseas, which is why you will need the help of ExpressVPN.

Who stars in Bad Education?

Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall, a British comedian and actor, is best known for his role as Alfie Wickers in Bad Education which he also co-wrote.

He no longer stars in Bad Education but I thought he was worth a mention as he kicked the whole thing off.

He has appeared in various television shows, including Fresh Meat and Travels with My Father. Whitehall has also ventured into film, with his role in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Jungle Cruise.

Mathew Horne

Mathew Horne, another prominent British actor, gained fame through his role in the popular sitcom Gavin & Stacey.

Horne’s other notable works include appearances in The Catherine Tate Show and he has also been involved in stage productions, including Rain Man and Entertaining Mr. Sloane.

Sarah Solemani

Sarah Solemani

Sarah Solemani plays Rosie Gulliver in Bad Education. She is widely recognised for her role in the sitcom Him & Her.

Beyond this, Solemani has appeared in a variety of TV series and films, such as Bridget Jones’s Baby and Barry, showcasing her range as an actress.

She has also engaged in writing and activism, contributing to the broader cultural conversation.


Bad Education is a riot of fun and (often) bad taste and is one of the funniest shows on the box right now. It is a big favourite of mine and I will definitely be sitting down with the missus to chuckle our way though this one.

As an ex-pat, that means I will have no choice but to use a VPN to do this. And it will be ExpressVPN that I choose to use.

ExpressVPN is quite simply the best VPN to use to unblock the BBC iPlayer and watch Bad Education overseas.

Just sign up for ExpressVPN, download the app onto your chosen device, log in, connect ExpressVPN to a UK-based server, and then log into the BBC iPlayer as usual.

You can then enjoy all the hilarity of this excellent sitcom. Jack Whitehall or no Jack Whitehall, Bad Education is still one of the funniest shows around.


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