The new series also received mixed reviews in the press and on social media. The Daily Mirror said:
As it returns for a second series, Big School really seems to have found its comedy feet. Big School is well enough written to survive Walliams' camp, asexual gurning and the dream cast add extra polish to an already shiny script.
...the desperate misogyny had subsided into a gentle brand of juvenile wit. At times, [Philip] Glenister threatened to steal the show as Gunn, who had now been drafted in to teach Geography (or, as he beautifully puts it, jog-raffy, stress on the raff).
Big School Series 2 doesn’t make the grade. The problem is that it's trying too hard to be funny. it isn’t quite sure what it wants to be. Is it a surreal comedy... a dramatic comedy... or it is the cringe-y schoolboy humour of Little Britain...?
When the consolidated ratings come in, the 2.85 million will rise but it's hard to see how this episode will come close to competing with last series. Hopefully, there will be an increase as the series goes on. Finger's crossed.
It is fair to say that out of all TV genres, comedy is probably the one that divides audiences the most. We don't all have the same sense of humour or laugh at the same things... if we did, the world would be a very strange place.
Perhaps mainstream BBC One isn't the best place for Big School at the moment, or perhaps it's suffering from being aired straight after another comedy that's aimed at a completely different target audience. What we can be sure of though, is that it's great to have Phil back on our screens, even if not everyone agrees!