When Will Class Air on BBC One?

The Doctor Who spin-off Class – the YA series filled with sex, blood and some very naughty words – will air at 11 am on BBC One, right after Homes Under the Hammer…no, wait. It will air at an appropriately late time slot; the Radio Times has said.

Senior BBC sources have said that the drama written by author Patrick Ness will probably air after the 10 pm news at 10:45 pm in a weekday slot on BBC One, although final details have not yet been confirmed by the Corporation.

The eight-part series launched online on BBC3 on 22nd October and was made available in weekly instalments, with the promise of a subsequent BBC1 broadcast.

Another ultimately abandoned idea for its BBC One debut was to air the show each Friday after the online release but that was eventually shelved by BBC1 management.

Shadowy sources who lurk inside the BBC have said the Corporation have been disappointed with the response to Class which, despite earning favourable reviews, has yielded less than stellar ratings.

Per figures released by ratings body Barb at the end of last month, the first two episodes have been accessed by fewer than 185,688 viewers.

This is one of the deciding factors in the post-post watershed time-slot – the other reason of course being the content itself which has seen girlfriends slaughtered in front of their partners (complete with a blood splattering for good measure), beloved headteachers being separated from their skin and wanton squirrel murder.

You can still view the whole of Class Series One via the BBC iPlayer. Class is due to air on BBC America in April.

Class Series One is available to pre-order now via Amazon for release on January 16th for £17.99.

  • Christian Cawley

    Class will be lucky to get a late night BBC 2 screening. BBC One won’t touch it with a barge pole. Perhaps a BBC 4 retrospective in 10 years time…

    • TheLazyWomble

      You’re not expecting a second series then?

      • TheLazyWomble

        Me neither, if I am honest.

      • Christian Cawley

        Sadly, no. The whole BBC Three moving online debacle has poleaxed it, in my opinion. I think James McLean put it best in our recent podKast. (https://audioboom.com/posts/5279598-is-class-really-the-doctor-who-spinoff-we-wanted)

        But I can’t help feeling that niche, demographically targeted TV needs to be wound back. Class could have been so much better if it was aimed at a wider audience; not necessarily children, perhaps the mythical YA plus “genuine” adults, in an evening, Torchwood-style slot. Instead, it’s guilty of many of the same problems that plagued TW S1 and 2, (on the whole,an unsympathetic bunch of characters) and frankly, given those shows are easily accessible, those are mistakes that could have been avoided.,

        I really wanted to like it, but it just isn’t happening. I’d like to say it’s my age, and it’s not aimed at me, but I’m doubtful that’s the case. It simply isn’t setting anything alight.

        • TheLazyWomble

          I fear that you are right. I think the comment on another thread that it is a show nobody was asking for is also correct.

          Actually, I liked Class much better than I thought I was going to. But it is very flawed. Characterisation really needs working on. The splintering of the group after the events of “Detained” was simply a schism waiting to happen.

          If it gets a second series, the production team have a lot of work to do to make it a worthwhile show. But I doubt they will get the chance.

  • Mack59

    Let’s face it, BBC have bungled the promotion of Class just as they did with the previous series of Doctor Who. Putting it on an online only TV channel was ridiculous and apart from Who fans most of the “Young Adult” demographic audience this was intended for will have been unaware of it. As someone who is several decades older than the intended viewer I found the series quite good apart from the “teen-angsty” stuff and felt that it had potential very much like the uneven first season of Torchwood. If, when Class, is eventually aired on terrestrial TV and is tucked away on BBC2 or BBC4 in a late night slot it still won’t get an audience that will ensure a deserved 2nd season. Surely someone at the BBC can get it a 9pm slot on BBC2 ?

  • Keith Andrews

    I watched the whole series and I wasn’t that inspired. Well acted but nothing special. Too many loose ends in the final episode. Didn’t see the point of the Weeping Angels. Unnecessary spin off, don’t care if it gets a second series. Probably won’t even by the DVD.

  • Dr Moo–styrio

    You get the impression that the BBC just didn’t care about this one enough to even try promoting it, you can have the best made television in the history of anything ever but if you don’t make people aware of it then it’ll vanish off into obscurity.
    Releasing it in such a way that only the most dedicated fans know where to look – let alone know it even exists – certainly wasn’t a good move.

    I’m hoping a second series gets the go-ahead because I enjoyed it a lot and would be interested to see more but this news seems to suggest that such a thing is unlikely.