BBC iPlayer: The History Boys

on Friday, December 11, 2009
[Watch until 1:24am Saturday 12th December 2009] (UK only)

It's been Alan Bennett "season" (the term "week" seems more appropriate) on the BBC and it's been pretty interesting. Can't say I knew all that much about the author, actor, humorist and playwright but he's certainly had an interesting life. Which you can explore more by watching Bennett on Bennett and Bennett vs Mark Lawson.

You're probably familiar with 'The History Boys', the stage play that was adapted into a film a few years back, set oop North in the 80s. Plot below, film above, job done.
Eight school pupils studying history pursue an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Their headmaster is determined to see them break records and enlists a new teacher to coach the boys into intellectual shape. Seduced though they are by his promises, the boys are concerned that there is more to learning than exams and grades, and become caught in a clash of education styles and loyalties.

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