This comedy film, based on the popular television series, featured Mr Hedges (John Alderton) and other teachers taking class 5C from Fenn Street Secondary School on a two-week camping holiday in the countryside at Woodbridge Rural Centre, a special outdoor camp for schools.
Upon arrival at the centre, 5C proceed to lose their fortnight’s quota of good conduct marks in a single night of chaos, confusion and catastrophe.
Then there’s the mystery of the forged signature. To go on the camping trip, all the pupils have to produce their parents’ signatures as a form of consent. Dennis’s dad (Peter Bayliss) doesn’t like the idea – so 5C decide to help out. And poor old gullible Potter (Deryck Guyler) is the person they choose to unknowingly help them complete their plan . . .
All the established characters from the TV series are here (Carol Hawkins replaces Penny Spencer in the role of Sharon) and director Mark Stuart, who also guided the television series, puts them through their accustomed paces with verve, good humour and confidence.
John Alderton seems more poised and glossy here than on the small screen.
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