Faculty (TV series)

Faculty
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GenreComedy
Drama
Workplace television
Ensemble drama
Created byBrooke Richards
Written byBrooke Richards
Harry Newham
Paula Clifton
StarringDani Leiberman
Tom McCardie
Salenna Tyson
Max Vimont
Auro De Maio
Owen Peterson
Chloe Yang
Charlie Packham
Lakshna Karthekeyan
Andrew Bennett
Opening theme"O My Heart" by Baba Baba
Ending theme"O My Heart" by Baba Baba (Instrumental)
Country of originEstmere
Original language(s)Estmerish
No. of series12
No. of episodes169
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–46 minutes
Production company(s)Brichards Productions
Release
Original networkEBS (seasons 1–3)
NITV (seasons 3–12)
Original releaseFebruary 11, 2010 (2010-02-11) – present

Faculty is an Estmerish comedy-drama workplace television series created by Brooke Richards. The show premiered on on EBS 2 on 11 February 2010, and was picked up by NITV 1 in 2014 for a fourth series after a dispute between Richards and EBS executives. The show focuses on the lives and careers of academic staff at the fictional Burdale Metropolitan University, a new university in the Wealdish post-industrial city of Burdale.

The show features an ensemble cast, with Dani Leiberman in the leading role of Dr Ellen Young; an inexperienced postdoctoral psychology lecturer who eventually rises to become dean of the University. Young's rise from immature and inexperienced postdoc to dean has been described as the "crutch" of the show. Leiberman originally starrred alongside Tom McCardie, Salenna Tyson, Auro De Maio, Owen Peterson, Chloe Yang and Max Vimont.

Alongside Young, other prominent characters include the dreamy physics professor Anthony Pryce (McCardie), Etrurian-born guest worker-turned business studies lecturer Dr Fabio Litoretti (De Maio), snobbish Sotirian sociology lecturer Dr Joseph Enoch (Vimont), laddish but sensitive sports science lecturer Dr Edward "Mad Ed" Chambers (Peterson), often overlooked youthful mathematics lecturer Dr Poppy Carden (Tyson) and socially anxious revolutionary politics lecturer Dr Beth Li (Yang). When Vimont left the series he was replaced by former guest star Charlie Packham as new sociology professor Chris Autumn, Lakshna Karthekeyan joined as a starring cast member in series six, and Andrew Bennett joined as a replacement for Pryce's character in series ten.

Though ostensibly a comedy, the show has not shied away from divisive topics such as strikes, racism, sexism, classism and elitism. The episode Summer's Got to Go, in which the cast goes on strike alongside university sanitation workers, saw the show criticised for being too political. Richards responded that the show had "always been political". As a public broadcaster, EBS pressured Richards to adopt a more neutral approach; the show was instead picked up by NITV. When Leiberman came out as genderqueer in 2019, Young was also written to come out, and the show became the first to have a non-binary lead.

Premise

Cast and characers

Character Portrayed by Series
1
(2010)
2
(2011)
3
(2012)
4
(2013)
5
(2014)
6
(2015)
7
(2016)
8
(2017)
9
(2018)
10
(2019)
11
(2020)
12
(2021)
Main
Dr Ellen Young Dani Leiberman Main
Dr Anthony Pryce Tom McCardie Main
Dr Poppy Carden Salenna Tyson Main
Dr Joseph Enoch Max Vimont Main
Dr Fabio Litoretti Auro De Maio Main
Dr Edward Chambers Owen Peterson Main
Dr Beth Li Chloe Yang Main
Dr Chris Autumn Charlie Packham Guest Main
Dr Honey Golluru Lakshna Karthekeyan Guest Main
Dr Shaun Fletcher Andrew Bennett Main
Recurring
Vivien Valfour Rachel Rutherford Recurring Guest Guest
David Summer Alan Hansel Guest
Jane Doe, Peer Helen Scattercost Guest Recurring Guest
Jeanette Mardie Elizabeth Penderson Guest Recurring
Bell Rigby Toiana Watkins Guest Recurring
Dr Steve Nobode Carl Bensson Recurring Guest Recurring
Dr Daveed Lines Sam Sanders Guest Recurring
Dr Linda Lerman Anne Hollen Guest Recurring

Fictional organisations

Production

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1811 February 2010 (2010-02-11)22 April 2010 (2010-04-22)
21212 February 2011 (2011-02-12)7 May 2011 (2011-05-07)
31310 February 2012 (2012-02-10)12 May 2012 (2012-05-12)
41117 March 2013 (2013-03-17)2 June 2013 (2013-06-02)
51514 March 2014 (2014-03-14)27 June 2014 (2014-06-27)
61612 March 2015 (2015-03-12)2 July 2015 (2015-07-02)
7166 March 2016 (2016-03-06)26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
81510 March 2017 (2017-03-10)23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
91611 March 2018 (2018-03-11)1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)
10169 March 2019 (2019-03-09)29 June 2019 (2019-06-29)
111613 March 2020 (2020-03-13)3 July 2020 (2020-07-03)
121513 March 2021 (2021-03-13)TBA

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