The Teacher: Sheridan Smith stars in Channel 5's psychological thriller

School teacher Jenna's life begins to unravel after she's accused of a sexual encounter with a pupil - but she has no memory of what happened that night.

By Katie Archer Published: 21 September 2021 - 12.21pm
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Channel 5

Chalkboard TV Sheridan Smith in The Teacher

Queen of the small screen Sheridan Smith is back with another must-see project - The Teacher.

A psychological thriller about a schoolteacher accused of a shocking incident but with no memory of what happened, it offers twists and turns galore.

Find out everything you need to know about the forthcoming series and when you can expect to see it.

What is The Teacher about?

Dark mystery The Teacher is a psychological thriller about state school teacher Jenna whose life begins to unravel after a shocking accusation.

She allegedly had a drunken sexual encounter with one of her pupils, but with no memory of anything that happened that night, Jenna is struggling to prove her innocence.

Her only hope is to uncover the truth about a dark event from her past that has returned to haunt her - leaving her with a traumatic road ahead as she tries to make sense of what has happened.

Who stars in The Teacher?

Samuel Bottomley Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

Taking on the lead role of Jenna is Sheridan Smith, top, who will be joined by Samuel Bottomley (Get Duked!, Ghost Stories, Ackley Bridge), above, as the pupil at the centre of the allegations.

The impressive cast also includes Kelvin Fletcher (Moving On, Death In Paradise, Emmerdale), Cecilia Noble (Small Axe, The Lady in the Van, Black Mirror) and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary, Finding Alice, Sherlock) as teaching colleagues of Jenna.

David Fleeshman (It’s a Sin, All Creatures Great and Small, National Treasure) will play Jenna’s father, and Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star, Marcella, Coronation Street) also features.

What else has Sheridan Smith starred in?

Smith is known for her compelling performances at the centre of a number of memorable TV dramas.

She has played a number of real-life people in TV dramas. She played singer Cilla Black in ITV's Cilla, Charmian Biggs, the wife of great train robber Ronnie Biggs in Mrs Biggs, cancer blogger Lisa Lynch in The C Word and Julie Bushby in The Moorside, the dramatisation of the disappearance of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in 2003.

More recently, she starred in Cleaning Up as a cleaner at a city bank who makes a fortune through insider trading.

She has also starred in Benidorm and Jonathan Creek, and earlier in her career appeared in Holby City, The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and alongside Paul O'Grady in bingo sitcom Eyes Down.

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When is The Teacher on TV?

The four-part series is set to air on Channel 5 this autumn or winter - keep checking back for an exact air date nearer the time.

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