Casting details


Have you ever wondered what school life was like in the old days – for real?

Wall to Wall Media, makers of the hit series Back in Time for Tea, are looking for children to take part in an exciting new BBC2 series: Back in Time for School.

We’re gathering together a class of modern-day teenagers and teachers to experience the school days of previous generations… from the Victorian era to the 1990s.

Living through the changing attitudes, dress codes and technologies of the nation’s classrooms over the decades, our participants will experience the lessons, sports, school trips and even school dinners of yesteryear, and decide which eras were ‘the best days of our lives.’

Please note: this is not an acting role.

This page sets out how parents/legal guardians can apply on their child’s behalf.



Parents or legal guardians must apply on behalf of their child, who must:


  •  be 14 or 15 years old and in Year 9 or Year 10 in this present school year 2017/2018;
  •  live in or near the West Midlands.

If your son or daughter is interested in taking part, parents or legal guardians should email providing:

  •  Parent or legal guardian’s full name, email address and telephone number(s).
  •  Your child’s full name, date of birth and postcode.
  • A brief paragraph explaining why your child would like to take part.

      Group applications

You may submit an application on behalf of your child as an individual or on behalf of your child as part of a small group (of up to 4 children).  If you are submitting an application on behalf of your child as part of a group the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of each child in the group must submit an individual application on behalf of their child.

 Thank you, and good luck!

(If you are a teacher looking to apply, click HERE)


Filming will take place in the May half term and the school summer holidays. Please note that your child does not have to be available every day – but please do not apply if your child has holidays of more than 2 weeks booked in this period.


We cannot accept applications from children. A parent or legal guardian must complete and submit an application on behalf of their child.


  • By submitting an email application you confirm that you would like to put your child forward to be considered to participate in ‘Back in Time for School’
  • Your child must be in Year 9 or Year 10 in this present school year 2017/2018 to be eligible to take part.
  • You understand that the completion and submission of an application does not guarantee your child’s participation in the selection process and/or the programme. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to respond to every application, and we cannot guarantee that all members of a group will be able to participate.
  • Your child will not be expected to live on location but will be required to travel to the school location in the West Midlands area each day.
  • This is an immersive living history experience and, as such, if selected to take part  your child will be expected to ‘go to school’ in a particular era’s environment during each filming day, relinquishing all modern technology while there, such as phones, laptops, tablets, and any other electric or communicative devices, in order to immerse themselves in the historical world.
  • Your child will be expected to wear period clothing during filming, and to eat period-appropriate food as part of the experience.
  • Wall to Wall encourages diversity in all of its programming and you are encouraged to apply on behalf of children of all abilities.  Please make us aware of any medical or health concerns as soon as possible so that if your child’s application is successful we can work with you and your child to make the filming as comfortable and safe as possible.
  • As a company experienced in producing living history formats, we are aware that historical environments are not equivalent to modern expectations of living. Whilst it may be challenging, we will work with a Health and Safety expert in order to provide full risk assessments to ensure that no participant’s safety is compromised.
  • Please note that this series is an ambitious, authentic look at the life of schooling through the eras. It will be challenging, but we are confident it will be a truly fascinating and unique experience for everyone involved.
  • Any booked or planned holidays will not preclude you from applying on behalf of your your child to take part in the series. Please disclose to us as soon as possible if you have booked or are planning to book any holidays for your child in May, June, July, August or September 2018.
  • If your child is successful in being selected to take part in the series, you and your child will be required to agree to a participant agreement which will set out in greater detail the terms and conditions of your child’s participation.
  • We reserve the right at all times in our absolute discretion to change, extend, cancel or curtail the application process, including without limitation, the structure, content and dates as we see fit. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.



We will keep your and your child’s personal data secure in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not pass your or your child’s information on to any third parties who are not involved in the production of the programme, without your consent.

Personal data (“Personal Data”) means data, which relates to you and/or your child, where you and/or your child can be identified directly from that data or from that data together with other information in our possession.

Sensitive personal data (“Sensitive Personal Data”) means personal data consisting of information as to your or your child’s: a) racial or ethnic origin; b) political opinions; c) religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature; d) membership (or not) of a trade union; e) physical or mental health or condition; f) sexual life; g) commission or alleged commission of any offence; h) involvement in and the outcome of proceedings for any offence committed or alleged to have been committed by you and/or your child.

We, Wall to Wall Media Limited, takes your and your child’s privacy seriously and any Personal Data and/or Sensitive Personal Data you share with us on your behalf or on behalf of your child will be kept securely and held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  You agree that we may store, handle and use the information for the purposes of the development, production and exploitation of the programme which may include sharing your and/or your child’s information (whether Personal Data and/or Sensitive Personal Data) with other people involved in the production of the programme, such as other members of the production team, the BBC as broadcaster of the programme and/or our insurers.  You have the right to access the information you provide to us and/or provide to us on behalf of your child as prescribed by the law.

If at any point you decide that you no longer want us to hold, use or process any of your or your child’s information (Personal Data and/or Sensitive Personal Data) or you want to update the personal information you have provided for you and/or on behalf of your child please let us know.  You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s office. We would also like to reassure you that in the event that your child does not participate in the programme, your and your child’s information will be deleted by us after a reasonable amount of time, and in any event, once production of the programme has been finalised.