Hope and Glory (TV series)

Hope And Glory (TV Series)

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Hope and Glory (TV series)

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Hope and Glory is a BBC television drama about a comprehensive school struggling with financial, staffing and disciplinary problems, and faced with closure. It starred Lenny Henry as maverick "Superhead" Ian George, enlisted to turn around the school's fortunes.

It was created by Lucy Gannon, who had previously created Soldier Soldier, and was inspired by a real head teacher named William Atkinson.Cassidy, Sarah; Independent.co.uk, 26 August 2005Atkinson, William; Guardian.co.uk, 17 January 2006

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Ian George, the head of an exclusive school, is asked to take a look at Hope Park Comprehensive School, which is on special measures, and asked to confirm its closure. When he visits the school, he's greeted by disaffected staff and teachers alike. The sixth form centre was derelict after it was torched a few years previously, and the music room is full of expensive equipment, unused because the school could not attract a music teacher. The outgoing head (Peter Davison) breaks down during his farewell speech and delivers an emotional rant against the students, telling them how worthless they are.

After meeting staff and pupils at the school, in particular pupil Keeley Porter and teacher Debbie "Debs" Bryan, Ian George believes there is some hope for the school. He is offered help by the chair of governors, whose son died young and would have been at the...
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