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Wednesday 22 August 2018

I would have failed as a teacher -Jack

Comic Jack Whitehall has revealed he may have headed into teaching had his career not taken off - but believes he would have been just as useless as his character in sitcom Bad Education.

The 26-year-old has also said he expected to bow out of the show after his third run as character Alfie Wickers in the BBC3 series.

Whitehall writes and stars in the programme in which he appears as a bumbling secondary school teacher at the start of his career who sees his students more as his friends.

Asked what he would have done if he wasn't a comedian, Whitehall said: "I like to think that I might be a teacher.

"I have a great deal of admiration for teachers in this country and people that can do it.

"I don't know whether I'd be any good, but it's certainly a profession that I admire.

"I wouldn't be that dissimilar to Alfie if I was a teacher.

"I'd probably be quite tragic."

Host Whitehall - also a panellist on humorous sports quiz A League Of Their Own, as well as hosting chat show Backchat with his father - said the likelihood was he would not do any more Bad Education after the third series, which begins on Tuesday.

"Three series seems like a good number for a sitcom, but one never wants to rule anything out just in case I change my mind," he said.

"It's not a sad ending, but it is the end of a nice emotional journey.

"We've been together as a cast for three years and it was a bit like saying goodbye.

"I was a little bit emotional, but obviously I didn't cry because I'm a bloke and blokes don't cry ... I cry all the time, so I was welling up a bit."

He was also full of praise for Harry Enfield (inset) who features in the new series.

Whitehall said: "He's so funny, he's got one of the most amazing, malleable faces of any comedy actor I've ever worked with and it's just a joy to watch him at work.

"He's a very talented man.

"Very peculiar, but very talented."

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