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April 15th, 2017
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Class creator Patrick Ness has urged US viewers to watch his Young Adult drama in order to help secure its future.

The Doctor Who spin off will make its debut across the pond on BBC America tonight, immediately after its parent show’s Series 10 premiere. Its showrunner has insisted that “there has been no decision made” regarding a second series, despite the fact that persistent rumours have suggested the contrary following its underwhelming response in the UK.

“America, watch it,” he told Inverse. “We want to do more.”

He continued: “There are still lots of stories for us to tell, especially with how it ends. I’ve got some evil stuff planned. I’ve got some evil ideas. Make sure you tell people, there’s evil stuff coming, so you need to watch. We’d love for America to embrace it. Fingers crossed.”

March 12th, 2017
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Class is set to make its official debut in the US next month but fans in the UK have already been there, bought the t-shirt (though perhaps not the DVD) and… well, you get the idea.

It premiered online on BBC Three last year before airing in double bills during BBC One’s ‘graveyard slot’ (which is basically when the entire nation is asleep) in January, and it’s far from overwhelming inception into the mainstream public consciousness has left its fans – affectionally known as the ‘Classmates’ – wondering what, if anything, the future holds for their honourable heroes of Coal Hill Academy…

And let’s face it, it’s not looking good. Rumours are already abound that the show has been axed indefinitely, and even its cast members have been actively encouraging their social media followers to support a fan made petition calling for a second series. Its creator and writer Patrick Ness has persistently falsified claims that Class has officially been dismissed, though it’s likely that they’ll be holding off until after its BBC America broadcast to decide.

Whatever lies ahead for Charlie and the gang (and after that series finale, we’d certainly be intrigued to find out…), let us know if you think Class deserves a second outing in the poll and comments below. Perhaps you think its televisual journey is over but you’d like to see it continue in the form of original audio and comic books? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The first episode of Class, For Tonight We Might Die, airs on BBC America on Saturday 15th April 2017 at 10/9c, immediately after the Doctor Who Series 10 premiere at 9/8c.

March 10th, 2017
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The first episode of Class will be screened alongside the Series 10 premiere when it hits cinemas across the US next month.

As previously reported, the Doctor will return to the big screen in select theatres as part of a special two-night event organised by Fathom Events on April 17th/19th. In addition to the first episode of Series 10, fans will also get to enjoy the first installment of the YA spin off, For Tonight We Might Die, as well as an all-new feature, Becoming the Companion, documenting Pearl Mackie’s journey to the screen as Bill.

Tickets are now on sale so click here to find your nearest participating cinema and reserve your seat. Both Series 10 and Class will premiere on BBC America on Saturday 15th April.

Watch the BRAND NEW Series 10 trailer! You won’t want to miss it for the world…

February 26th, 2017
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A new tabloid report from the Mirror suggests that the BBC has decided to cancel Class after one series.

The Doctor Who spin off premiered online on BBC Three last year before debuting on BBC One in January. The article in question focuses on its low ratings, as it failed to make the Top 50 on iPlayer throughout its initial run, while its TV figures dropped from 1 million to just 300,000.

Its writer and creator, Patrick Ness, has since taken to his Twitter to falsify the claim.

Fans will just have to wait and see what the future of Coal Hill holds, but it’s likely that an announcement won’t be made until after it’s aired in the US. It will debut on BBC America straight after the first episode of Series 10 of Doctor Who on Saturday 15th April 2017.

January 9th, 2017
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After premiering n BBC Three last year, Class will get its televisual debut this week as it sets its sights on BBC One.

The 8-part Doctor Who spin off will be aired in double bills every Monday from 10:45pm, kicking off at the beginning (it’s a very good place to start!) with For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo tonight.

If you’ll be tuning in for the first time, or watching it all over again, don’t forget to check in with us in our Discussions dedicated to each episode.

It is still available to watch online, and the DVD and Blu-ray will be released next week.

December 18th, 2016
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The first series of Class will be released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 16th January 2017.

All 8 episodes of the Doctor Who spin off will be included and both formats will be available a week after the series begins airing on BBC One. It is also still available as a boxset on iPlayer where each episode averaged less than 60,000 viewers in the first week of their initial release.

The series will premiere on BBC America in the US in April to accompany Series 10 of Doctor Who.

December 18th, 2016
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It has been confirmed that Class will be receiving its official televisual premiere next month when it lands on BBC One on Monday 9th January 2017.

The Doctor Who spin off was originally released online on BBC Three, where it’s still available as a boxset, but its small screen debut will hopefully reach out to new viewers who may have missed out the first time round.

They will have to stay up late to tune in, however, as it’s been given the ‘graveyard’ 10:45pm time slot.

So that’s the first series of Class on BBC One, Mondays at 10:45pm from 9th January. Or you could just watch the whole thing right now. You know, whatever floats your boat.

The end is nigh. Click here to Rate & Discuss the epic series finale of Class, The Lost »

December 3rd, 2016
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Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price? This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

After two months of high octane drama, detention and debauchery, it was the end of term this week as Charlie and the gang joined forces to save Earth in the series finale of Class

…and after last week’s epic cliffhanger, it’s safe to say that none of us really knew what to expect from our final journey to Coal Hill Academy. Patrick Ness pulled out all the stops for the climactic conclusion which continued to push the boundaries in the only way that a Young Adult drama set within the Doctor Who universe knows how. It was loud, it was mad and it was full of shocks and surprises, but was it the ending that you had been hoping for?

All good things must come to an end so wipe away those tears and let us know what you thought of The Lost, as well as your feedback on the first series of Class in general. As we await news of a second series (its creator is certainly “optimistic”!), discuss what you’d like to see next and what ramifications you think the finale’s Earth-shattering events will have on our honourable heroes… Whatever the future holds, it has been one hell of a ride!

Rate & Discuss Previous Episodes » Ep 1. For Tonight We Might Die | Ep 2. The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo | Ep 3. Nightvisiting | Ep 4. Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart | Ep 5. Brave-ish Heart | Ep 6. Detained | Ep 7. The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

November 26th, 2016
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With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

As Class reached its penultimate episode, there were shocks and surprises waiting behind every metaphysical corner when Miss Quill reaffirmed that she is war itself. To put it lightly.

But just who is she when she’s free? The latest episode – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did – gave us all the answers as Miss Quill went AWOL with our Classmates stuck in the world’s most death-defying detention. Things weren’t exactly rosy for their teacher, either, as she put her trust in Dorothea to help remove the Arn once and for all…

And man, did things get gruesome! Now that you’ve all had a chance to watch it, feel free to let us know what you thought of the episode and its accompanying thrills below. As we prepare for the grand finale, what do you think lies in store? After that huge cliffhanger, it’s impossible to predict, but go ahead and have a go anyway. After all, it’s more fun that way.

November 22nd, 2016
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We’ve reached the penultimate episode but the end of Class is still far from in sight as Miss Quill gets down to some serious business with a little help from the school headmistress… and all she has to do is believe. Be warned, though, because she’ll pluck the eyebrows from your screaming face. But just who is Miss Quill when she’s free…?

Well, she’s war itself, of course, but that much was established all the way back in Episode 1 (remember that? It feels like a lifetime ago…). Just how far this once great and powerful leader would go to retain her freedom is what makes this episode such a thrilling ride from the get-go as it quickly becomes apparent that she would quite literally die to reclaim what she feels is rightfully hers. She’s pre-warned that she’ll end up either dead or free, but it’s a risk that she’s obviously willing to take. At this stage, what has she got to lose?

After forcing Charlie & Co into a a spontaneous detention to keep them out of the way (although as we saw in Detained last week, being locked in a classroom was hardly a walk in the park for them…), Miss Quill and Dorothea join forces and, before she knows it, she’s being “buzzed atomically” to an extraordinary world by the means of a mysterious alien device that even its owner doesn’t completely understand… which isn’t exactly the sort of thing you want to hear from the designated driver, especially if they’re a learner.

Miss Quill goes with it, though, and if you’ve been waiting for the chance to delve deeper into her ever malevolent mind, then this episode is guaranteed to be right up your street. Not only is her name in the title, which is usually a tell-tale sign that she’ll play quite a big part in it, but the story itself is solely dedicated to her mission. We learn lots about her species, too (including their far from conventional birthing and celebration traditions), but it is ultimately reaffirmed that she does actually possess quite a lot of compassion after all. You know, in a weird, genocidal sort of way. Plus, she is quite the screamer…

And then it comes hunting. They’re not alone, though, as we’re also introduced to Chiki Okonkwo as Ballon, a shapeshifter who is enigmatic by design but joins the operation on a journey for his own kind of redemption. Whovians will punch the air with glee when it’s revealed what old school adversary he was masquerading as on Earth, which comes as a nice little reminder that, despite how bonkers this show seems to be getting, it is still taking place under the same umbrella as the Doctor Who universe that we all know and love (which is, in itself, pretty bloody bonkers!).

Ultimately, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did is an adventure that showcases just how weird and wonderful Patrick Ness’ imagination can be when it’s really given the platform to let loose. The episode has one of those “it’s not really happening but they are really experiencing it” sort of vibes, which brings with it a side to Miss Quill that is both enthralling and terrifying in equal measure. We already knew that she was a force to be reckoned with but even she is full of surprises as the episode builds up to its climactic conclusion, which makes for one of the most spectacularly gruesome sequences of the series so far, followed by what is sure to be lauded as one of Katherine Kelly’s defining Quill performances.

We mentioned the nod to the Doctor Who mythology but this episode builds upon Class’ established narrative and adds another level of depth and drama to continue its rise as a fully-fledged franchise in its own right. After the events of this episode, the pieces have been perfectly aligned for what looks set to be the Earth-shattering finale to end them all. And just when you think it’s over, one of the biggest bombshells comes along to hit you right in the face. And we have no idea what to expect next. Bring it on.

The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did premieres on Saturday at 10am on BBC Three.

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