The Hairy Bikers (Si King & Dave Myers) at The Oxford Academy

New TV series: Old School with the Hairy Bikers

The first episode of Old School with the Hairy Bikers, a new three-part OU/BBC series will broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday 10th May on BBC TWO at 9pm.

The Hairy Bikers, otherwise known as Si King and Dave Myers, have a big new challenge. At a struggling school in Oxford, they are taking two groups  – pensioners and teenage pupils – and pairing them up for a term to see if 12 unlikely couples spending time together as equals can transform their difficult lives.

The lead OU academic on TV series is education lecturer Stephen Harrison, supported by lecturers Andy Rixon and Jonathan Hughes.

Stephen Harrison said: “The programme challenges different generations to work together to find ways of understanding each other for their mutual benefit. It helps to break down the traditional boundaries between the local community and the school setting, and helps us all to think about, and perhaps get involved in, changing the relationships between young and old in society.”

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Note: the programme will first be shown in Scotland at the later time of 11.45pm.