The Demon Headmaster reboots for the 21st century with BBC Children’s

The Demon Headmaster, the hit 90’s BBC children’s drama series based on the book series by Gillian Cross – which terrified children everywhere with it’s story of pupils battling an evil head teacher with hypnotic powers – is returning for the 21st century. The BBC said that while there will be “a few treats for fans who grew up with the original show”, the new series will be “primarily aimed at new viewers”.

Three series, starring Terrence Hardiman, were originally first broadcast by the BBC between 1996 and 1998. The Producer of the new series is Anna Davies and the writer is Emma Reeves (Worst Witch). All of the books in the Demon Headmaster series are published by OUP.


Adapted from the author’s recent Demon Headmaster title, The Demon Headmaster: Total Control (OUP), the series stars Bodyguard star Nicholas Gleaves as the new manifestation of the evil teacher, now a ‘Super Head’ of an Academy School. Told over 10 x 30-minute episodes, the show launches on the 14th of October 2019, and will be available to watch on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

“It’s an absolute stroke of genius to bring back this iconic series and I feel incredibly lucky to play the role,” Gleaves said. “The Demon Headmaster is a dark magician and I’ve loved bringing the character to life. It’s always an actor’s dream to play extremes and he is the ultimate villain.”