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The Tes My Best Teacher podcast chats to celebrities about the teachers that had a lasting impact on their life and what made them so special. We also delve into other school memories, from great trips out to the behaviours that landed them in detention - and much more besides to show that, no matter what you go on to achieve in life, you never forget your school days.

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The Tes My Best Teacher podcast chats to celebrities about the teachers that had a lasting impact on their life and what made them so special. We also delve into other school memories, from great trips out to the behaviours that landed them in detention - and much more besides to show that, no matter what you go on to achieve in life, you never forget your school days.

    Doon Mackichan: Mr MacKay, acting talents, comedy impressions, bagpipers | #10

    Doon Mackichan: Mr MacKay, acting talents, comedy impressions, bagpipers | #10

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian and actress Doon Mackichan about her school days, including:
    A wonderful English teacher who set her on the path to stardom
    Doing impressions to win over other girls at school
    A very surreal visit back to her former school
    Using teachers to inspire comedy characters
    The importance of learning from tough times

    • 35 min
    Shappi Khorsandi: Mrs Gadd and Ms Kingston, writing plays, learning English, getting an A, children's names | #10

    Shappi Khorsandi: Mrs Gadd and Ms Kingston, writing plays, learning English, getting an A, children's names | #10

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi
    Her amazing primary school - and the teachers that made it so special
    Being the narrator in schools plays - and not always enjoying it
    Why writing a play boosted her social stock at secondary school
    The difficulty of picking your own children's names
    Why getting an A for her English A level remains one of her proudest moments

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mehreen Baig: 'Ms Honey', loving school, wayward teenage years, teacher secrets | #9

    Mehreen Baig: 'Ms Honey', loving school, wayward teenage years, teacher secrets | #9

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to TV presenter, author and former teacher Mehreen Baig to discuss:
    The huge influence a single story a teacher told her had on her life
    A sneaky way to avoid detentions
    Loving school - until her wayward teenage years
    Why TV presenting is a doddle compared to teaching (sort of)
    Why she's taken the views of teachers to the masses with a Radio 4 show
    She reveals her own teaching secret

    • 31 min
    Charlie Higson: Mr White, The Fast Show, philosophical chats about the wind, school plays | #8

    Charlie Higson: Mr White, The Fast Show, philosophical chats about the wind, school plays | #8

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to comedian, writer and author Charlie Higson, best known for playing a host of hilarious characters in The Fast Show. We chat about
    His brilliant art teacher Bob White and how influenced his thinking
    He recalls his slightly strange primary school
    A new story he's written called Worst.Holiday.Ever that draws on French exchange memories - including philosophical discussions about the wind
    Putting on plays inspired by Monthy Python
    And if any teachers informed characters on The Fast Show.

    • 43 min
    Clare Balding: Ms Healey, dogs on Zoom, suspensions, the power of sport, writing books and Russia | #7

    Clare Balding: Ms Healey, dogs on Zoom, suspensions, the power of sport, writing books and Russia | #7

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to author, broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding about her school days, including:
    How her English teacher helped her recover from an early school setback
    Why dogs need to get better at video-conferencing
    Using sport to help define herself at school
    A memorable trip to Russia
    A new book she's written for children called Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going

    • 33 min
    Kate Clanchy: Mrs Smith, biology, poetry, French trips, escaping from cross-country | #6

    Kate Clanchy: Mrs Smith, biology, poetry, French trips, escaping from cross-country | #6

    In this episode of the My Best Teacher podcast we chat to writer, author, poet and teacher Kate Clanchy about her school days, including:
    Why her biology teacher was so important to her time at school
    A very memorable - and quite long - French exchange programme
    The value of creative writing for young people
    Arguing with her teachers
    Not always being the most committed cross-country runner

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Carlypagewrites ,

Brill!

What a brilliant podcast! Just what I needed to get me through lockdown - great work Tes 😊

Mw1lsey89 ,

A+ podcast!

A class act. The host has obviously done his homework as he has good chemistry with all the great guests! This podcast is going to go down in history!

__H_W__ ,

A great listen!

During these tough times, I think we all need a dose of nostalgia and childhood reminiscing to lift our spirits, and this ticks all those boxes. This is quickly becoming my lockdown go-to podcast and I would highly recommend! Look forward to the next...

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