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The Teacher on C5: What’s it about, how many episodes is it and is it a true story?

Sheridan Smith plays a teacher accused of sleeping with a pupil

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Sheridan Smith returns to our screens in The Teacher this week, and the C5 series sees one of her best performances yet – so how many episodes is it?

What’s it about, and is it based on a true story?

Here’s everything you need to know about the new C5 drama and its episodes.

Sheridan Smith and Samuel Bottomley in The Teacher
Sheridan Smith and Samuel Bottomley star as Jenna and Kyle in The Teacher (Credit: Channel 5)

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The Teacher episodes on C5 – what’s it about?

Sheridan Smith stars as a teacher who is accused of sleeping with a minor in brand new Channel 5 drama The Teacher.

Jenna Garvey is a popular teacher at a Bradford comprehensive, with a chaotic private life.

She is a heavy drinker prone to blackouts and casual sex – and waking up next to an unfamiliar body is nothing new.

However, life gets even more tangled when Sheridan’s Jenna is accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old pupil on a night out.

Viewers see Jenna and schoolboy Kyle dancing sweatily in Lazarus nightclub as she celebrates her promotion to Head of English.

Quite what happened on that night has enormous consequences that haunt her over the four-part drama.

Whether she is guilty of sleeping with a minor or not remains to be seen.

But, in the meantime, she is treated as if guilty by many – she faces losing her job and is labelled a “paedo”.

How many episodes is The Teacher on C5?

The Teacher is four episodes on C5.

Each episode is one hour long, including adverts.

Episode one takes a while to warm up, but the series is an intriguing one…

Sheridan Smith Kelvin Fletcher The Teacher
The Teacher C5 episodes: Sheridan Smith as Jenna and Kelvin Fletcher as Jack (Credit: Channel 5)

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The Teacher cast – who stars in the C5 episodes?

Popular TV actress Sheridan Smith stars as disgraced teacher Jenna Garvey in the episodes on C5.

She is still struggling to deal with the death of her mother 20 years before, and a cold, critical father who was once a well-respected teacher himself.

Jenna is accused of having sex with a minor, but did she do it?

Of course, actress Sheridan is well known for many roles on TV and theatre.

She played Cilla in the series of the same name, Sam in Cleaning Up, Ruth ‘Rudi’ Smith in Gavin & Stacey, and Emma Kavanagh in The Royle Family.

Most recently, she played bereaved mother Sarah Sak in Four Lives, and will soon star in No Return on ITV.

Actor Samuel Bottomley portrays 15-year-old Kyle.

He played Ralph Roberts in Ladhood, Dean Paxton in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, and Jordan Wilson in Ackley Bridge.

Former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher stars as Jenna’s colleague and love interest Jack.

Since leaving the ITV soap, Kelvin has appeared in Death in Paradise as Gavin and Nathan in Moving On, as well as winning Strictly in 2019 and setting up a farm.

Sharon Rooney, famous for her role as Rae in My Mad Fat Diary, plays Nina.

Silent Witness actress Cecilia Noble stars as Pauline Booth.

Sarah-Jane Potts, aka Eddi McKee in Holby City, stars as Mary, while former Corrie actor Ian Puleston-Davies portrays Brian.

Karen Henthorn, who played Teresa Bryant in Corrie and Julie Haye in EastEnders, stars as DI Sowerby.

Karen Bryson plays Ava, Karen Henthorn stars as DI Sowerby, Harry Hepple is Gabriel, and Reuben Johnson portrays Sean.

Meanwhile, Anil Desai stars as Mr Mills, Tillie Amartey is Izzy, Dhillon Aaronveer plays Adnan, Yemisi Oyinloye portrays Denise, and Matt Devere stars as JoJo.

David Fleeshman portrays Jenna’s cold, critical father Roger.

Is The Teacher based on a true story?

Of course we all know it DOES happen, but The Teacher is not based on a true story.

Barunka O’Shaughnessy wrote the series which is an original story.

Comedian, actress and writer Barunka is known for writing several episodes of Motherland, Breeders and Timewasters.

This is her first serious drama.

Jenna and Kyle on a dancefloor
Kyle and Jenna seem to enjoy an intimate moment on the dancefloor at Lazarus club in The Teacher (Credit: Channel 5)

When is The Teacher next on and how can I watch it?

The Teacher episodes start on Monday January 31 2022 at 9pm on C5 and stream on My5.

It airs over four consecutive nights from Monday to Thursday.

Viewers can watch episode two on Tuesday February 01 2022.

Episode three airs on Wednesday February 02 2022, with the climatic final episode going out on Thursday February 03 2022.

The Teacher filming locations

The series is set in Bradford.

However, the cast and crew spent six weeks filming in Budapest, Hungary, for this new drama.

Creator and executive producer Mike Benson said: “We had to film in Budapest for funding reasons, and the team has done a fantastic job making it look like Bradford!

“It was challenging and at times felt like a pressure cooker given the Covid restrictions limited how much cast and crew could socialise and relax together.

“There were points when I didn’t think we would get through it, but fortunately we had a really professional team and a really good Covid officer, and we managed it.”

The Teacher episodes start on Monday January 31 2022 at 9pm on C5 and stream on My5.

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