Faculty (TV series)
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|Created by||Brooke Richards|
|Written by||Brooke Richards|
Auro De Maio
|Opening theme||"O My Heart" by Baba Baba|
|Ending theme||"O My Heart" by Baba Baba (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||Estmere|
|No. of series||12|
|No. of episodes||169|
|Running time||42–46 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Brichards Productions|
|Original network||EBS (seasons 1–3)|
NITV (seasons 3–12)
|Original release||February 11, 2010– 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.
Cast and characers
|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|
|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|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||11 February 2010||22 April 2010|
|2||12||12 February 2011||7 May 2011|
|3||13||10 February 2012||12 May 2012|
|4||11||17 March 2013||2 June 2013|
|5||15||14 March 2014||27 June 2014|
|6||16||12 March 2015||2 July 2015|
|7||16||6 March 2016||26 June 2016|
|8||15||10 March 2017||23 June 2017|
|9||16||11 March 2018||1 July 2018|
|10||16||9 March 2019||29 June 2019|
|11||16||13 March 2020||3 July 2020|
|12||15||13 March 2021||TBA|