10:00pm – Sunday, February 19 on ABC1
Follow 11 short-listed candidates who compete for an education at one of the most prestigious schools on the planet.
Harrow School has educated statesmen including Winston Churchill, Nehru and King Hussein of Jordan; writers like Lord Byron, Anthony Trollope and Richard Curtis; and numerous leaders of industry. It represents 400 years of tradition and is one of the last all-boys boarding schools left in England.
Each year the school offers two scholarships paid for by multi-millionaire businessman Peter Beckwith, himself a former Harrovian. The scholarship is worth nearly �200,000 but to the underprivileged it is priceless. Winning an education could take them from an ordinary background and introduce them to a life of opportunity and privilege.
For the first time in its history, cameras are allowed into the halls of this elite academy to film the selection process. Too Poor For Posh School focuses on three of the chosen 11 short-listed candidates – Krishan (10), Numhan (11) and Tumi (11) – as they undergo a relentless series of assessments.
Each candidate’s top talents are matched by their parents’ high hopes. The boys’ families know it could be the starting point of a lifelong journey through doors that might otherwise be closed to them forever.