Feared political interviewer John Humphrys met his match when he tried to teach poetry to teenagers at an inner city school.
The presenter of Radio 4' s Today programme admitted he "didn't do very well" when confronted with a class of 16-year-olds.
Students at Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, east London, had clearly done their homework on the Today programme, telling Mr Humphrys: "Don't interrupt us when we are in the middle of our question."
The presenter took part in the teaching experiment for the new Teachers' TV channel.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Humphrys said: "I didn't do it very well and I know I didn't do it well.
"I learned an awful lot from them and I expect they learned very little if anything from me."
The Year 11 class Mr Humphrys took is normally taught by the country's Teacher of the Year, Philip Beadle.