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Watford Observer in BBC comedy Bad Education
10:20am Friday 31st August 2012 in News
Eagle-eyed viewers of BBC3 comedy Bad Education may have spotted a familiar newspaper titlepiece in this week’s episode.
A mock up of a Watford Observer front page featured in the show with an article decrying an unsuccessful weapons amnesty at the fictional Abbey Grove School set in Hertfordshire.
In the episode, history teacher Alfie Wickers, played by Jack Whitehall, organises a weapons amnesty for pupils at the school, only to see it descend into violence as actors playing a Watford Observer journalist and photographer arrive.
In the next scene a picture of the chaos appears under a headline reading “Weapons amnesty travesty” on the front page dated Friday October 26th, 2012.
Editors at the newspaper were approached by Tiger Aspect three months ago and asked whether the newspaper’s branding could be used in an episode of the TV show.
The front page was mocked up especially by chief sub-editor Hywel Jones.
Mr Jones, 35, said: “They told us what they wanted on it and we just put it all together. Although I don’t watch the show it was just nice to be part of the Watford Observer’s 15 minutes of fame.”