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Mind Your Language: The Best Of - Volume 1 [DVD] [1977]

Barry Evans , George Camiller    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley, Ricardo Montez
  • Writers: Vince Powell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3U4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Four episodes from the 1970s sitcom about the comedy exploits of a mixed-race adult education language class. In 'The First Lesson', teacher Jeremy Brown (Barry Evans) arrives for his first day at the Southbank College of Further Education eager to spread the joy of knowledge - then he meets his students. 'An Inspector Calls' has Jeremy mistake the school inspector for a student and then offend his wife into the bargain. 'A Fate Worse than Death' finds Ranjeet (Albert Moses) asking for help when he resolves to escape the clutches of his bride-to-be. And 'All Through the Night' sees the class get locked in the classroom after hours and prepare for a long night together.

From the Back Cover

One of the most TV shows of its era and featuring the star of LWT’s best-selling Doctor … series, Barry Evans, Mind Your Language is classic comedy. Evans plays Jeremy Brown, a mild-mannered English teacher, keen and ready to take on the world of language! That is, until he meets his new students, of course, who can barely speak a word of English between them. His life is further complicated by the formidable night school principal, Miss Courtney, who is destined to make Jeremy’s life hell. Join Jeremy and his students in this hilarious comedy classic which regularly drew over 17 million viewers and continues to entertain.

Contains the following episodes:

The First Lesson
When Jeremy Brown arrives at the Southbank College of Further Education, little does he realise how stressful teaching can be – until he meets the students!

An Inspector Calls
Jeremy causes confusion whilst mistaking the school inspector for a new student. Worse still, after expounding his theory on the old-fashioned teaching practices of inspectors he then insults the inspector’s wife.

A Fate Worse Than Death
Wedding bells are in the air when Ranjeet asks Jeremy for help in ‘ditching’ his bride to be. Jeremy could be walking up the aisle sooner than he thinks!

All Through the Night
Working late takes on a whole new meaning when Jeremy and his class are locked in the classroom, songs and gags ensue but the night can only get worse when Miss Courtney turns up.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great comedy , shame about the dvd 22 Mar 2005
i used to watch this series as a kid in the 80s and its great that its at last on dvd , but its a shame that with this, and the other volumes that there are not more episodes on this volume as with the others 3-4 which are bare bones really as it was mentioned, it should have been a two disk set with at least 15 episodes any case ,its good to see mind your language again after all these years and i love the animated opening sequence even though its dated now
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dining on Divine Comedy! 5 Nov 2004
It's official the British are definitely the masters of television comedy! The 1970's was the most prolific,abundant and fruitful decade for British Television comedies without a doubt and "Mind Your Language" proves it wholeheartedly.
"Mind Your Language" is truly one of the funniest comedies created. Politically incorrect or not. It has all the right ingredients to make it what it is - A Classic! To not laugh at least once every 10 seconds you would have to be either, a) had your lips glued together, b) be totally deaf or, c) been sucking lemons all night.
Coming from New Zealand this DVD has been a long time coming and one had to endure a long and patient wait for its much anticipated arrival. The DVD is SUPER! albeit for one or two issues. Firstly why could'nt the creators of the DVD's had found it in their infinite wisdom to include more episodes on each DVD rather than a paltry 4 or 3 episodes, tsk' tsk', most unfortunate I must say. Secondly why could there not have been a mini-documentary developed of sorts involving the cast and crew concerning how the comedy came about and it's ins' and outs', etc or an audio commentary if the budget was tight. Other than that everything is pretty much as you would expect it to be. Here's hopeing they create Volumes 5, 6,...
All in all, it is a superb watch for old and young alike and am very proud to have it on the top shelf of my DVD collection with the rest of my classics, and so should you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A much-maligned classic 3 Feb 2003
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History has not been kind to this series. It is now usually held up alongside 'Love Thy Neighbour' as the worst example of 70's political incorrectness. True, it relies on a selection of racial/national stereotypes for its humour and the jokes are cheap and predictable. But what is conveniently overlooked is that it got 17 million viewers in its heyday, and those people watched for a reason - it is very very funny! I've just watched the first episode and I was amazed at how funny it still is - as long as you can still look yourself in the eye after you have laughed at it.
Only four stars because the box set should have been released as a two-disc set in a single case, rather than making 14 episodes take up four whole cases worth of space, and there are no extras on the discs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Sep 2010
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A hilarius tv show that would never be aloud on today. It's really just harmless fun, but ppl get upset so easily these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politically correct? 30 Aug 2009
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This series went out of favour very quickly, since it offered stereotypes of 'foreign' language students and these were not viewed as acceptable in the political climate. I think this is a fair statement, since the humour (once you discount the stereotyping) is innocent and good-natured. For EFL and ESL teachers the series is extremely funny, helping them to laugh at situations that aren't always funny when they occur in the classroom (e.g. widely varying levels of proficiency).

I recommend this series as a good laugh. Of course there are sub-texts, and the teacher himself (and the manager) are also the subject of parody. If we see it as well-intentioned, then this will bring a smile to most people.
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