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Teachers: Series 4 (Box Set) [DVD]

Tamzin Malleson , Vicky Hall    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tamzin Malleson, Vicky Hall, Daon Broni, Matthew Horne, Lee Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 495 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A8NYU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Depending on where you get your recommendations, you'll see Teachers described as a comedy, a drama, an irresponsible depiction of the teaching profession and a (fairly) sympathetic reminder of how teachers are expected to be morally unimpeachable despite being ordinary human beings like the rest of us. In fact, it's all of the above, which perhaps does more for the show's realism than all its supposedly controversial elements put together.

The series stars Andrew (This Life) Lincoln as the feckless Simon, who, like several of his colleagues, is no more mature or advanced in terms of his ability to manage his own life than his pupils. The staff at the fictitious Bristol school are given to in-fighting, petty factionalism, bad behaviour, inappropriate nookie and dishonesty, both on and off-duty. That said, they also have to wrestle with professional and moral dilemmas and deal with their dysfunctional relationships: sometimes they succeed, often they don't. It makes for a superb, bittersweet concoction. If you want yet more social comment, it's worth noting that the series was filmed in a disused, empty LEA school. --Roger Thomas

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All eight episodes from the fourth series of the Channel 4 comedy drama set in Summerdown Comprehensive, where the teachers are just as juvenile (if not more so) than the teenagers they are supposed to be educating. It's business as usual for the young teachers who specialise in immaturity rather than the traditional subjects, as they continue to spend their working life making friends, falling out, trying to figure out the opposite sex, smoking in the playground and dealing with lippy pupils. In this series, Summerdown Comp has merged with a rival school, Bob (Lloyd McGuire) goes in search of a Thai mail-order bride, and the rest of the staff begin to suspect that Penny (Tamzin Malleson) is a Nazi after learning that her real surname is Eichmann.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but ammusing 27 Mar 2006
The problem with this season is Bob. For four seasons we've seen this rather pathetic character but he's always been balanced out by the childish yet energetic nature of the other characters, but as many have said the characters in this season mostly come off as sad.
Its rather unfair to say the new characters are poor, theres simply not the energy that carried the first three seasons on, largely due to absence of kurt and brian. Still if you're a fan of the first three theres no real reason to avoid this boxset, especially not at the price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Maligned 28 Dec 2006
Yes, there are virtually no characters from the original series of Teachers in this one . . . but in a way, that makes it something new and fresh. Ewan's one of this highlights of this season, although sometimes you just want someone to smack him good and hard (actually, that does happen a few times), but Ben and Damien are interesting characters too. Because these are mostly new characters, it means the jokes don't get old. Liz, Carol and Clare are brilliant as ever, and Bob's quite a sad creature (although still marvellously funny)--but many people miss Simon, Kurt and Brian. Well, I do too, but I actually thought the men in the earlier series were a bit boring (although fit). In Series 4 the comedy is perhaps a little more slapstick, but it's a lot more comedic than previous series (which came across as funny drama rather than comedy).

I would say it's the difference between This Life and Red Dwarf. Earlier series were slanted more in favour of the drama, whilst this series is slanted more in favour of the comedy. It is, for all intents and purposes, a sit com now. People disliked this change of format. But if it had just been the same old, same old, people would soon have complained!

True, Series 4 is an entirely different entity: but it's good in its own right. Watch this as a spinoff or standalone series and you won't get all uppity :P

Ah well, just my two cents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the bad reviews. 28 Sep 2009
I felt I had to write a review defending this series because of all the people slamming it. Whenever you get a good show there's always people who feel the need to say it's stopped being good after a few series whether it has or it hasn't. Personally I don't think it has. Some of the storylines are pretty unbelievable - Bob getting a Thai bride, Ben thinking he will die on Friday at 12.00 etc but so what? It's still funny. The new characters in this series are well written and have many angles to their personalities just like all the others and the joining of the two schools give the series a new spin and stop it being repetitive. I'm pretty sure all of Teachers is on 4OD anyway so why not watch it first and then decide.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A step too far 12 Jan 2006
Where as Series 3 of teachers showed the series could take the loss of Simon,Susan Jenny, the loss of Kurt & Brian not to mention the original school took too many any links with the first series and doomed this to failure
The show was forced to become dependant on Bob, his slapstick toupe and tired stereotype Thai bride. The lack of explanation as to the death of Kurt, Brian and Matt (who was just beginning to find his feet in series 3) showed a lack of thought. Had they upset the creators of the show perhaps? The cemetry scene in the first episode hints at a degree of bitterness.
Gone was the cool drama and clever laughs to be replaced by cheap and easy humour. If this had been series 1 nobody would remember Teachers
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Teachers Series Four 16 Oct 2005
By isa
Series 4 was a bit of a disappointment, but that was expected, since Brian and Kurt are no longer there. Fortunately, the series still has its cast of strong supporting characters (Clare, Bob, Liz, etc.). However, the new additions do not make up for the loss of the old team. Apart from Ben, the neurotic and hypochondriac world religion teacher, they don't really fit in. Ewan, a sort of replacement for Simon and Matt, is too normal and nice to be an interesting character, and Damien's character isn't developed enough for the viewer to take an interest in him.
Despite a few weak characters and some strange twists to the overall story (is there an overall story?), series 4 does have a few good episodes, especially the Christmas Special, where Clare takes on a stronger role.
If you are a fan of Teachers, you should probably watch the final series just for some sort of closure. You'll have a few laughs, and it will make you want to watch series 1-3 again to see how good it was and how good it could have been.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish 1 Dec 2005
I am a great fan of teachers and even bought the first three series , but the fourth series fails to deliver on every count. Most of the main characters are gone and the new ones have very little depth to them and even the acting is poor.
It really does look like the end of the road for what has been a great programme.
If you like teachers, then buy the other series - avoid this one, it really is a massive disappointment
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Series 1 & 2 24 Oct 2008
Series 3 & 4 lost the character chemistry & interactions of series 1 & 2. The loss of main characters along the way was a recipe for disaster. The comedic element just didn't work without Simon, Susan, Kurt & Brian. I bit the bullet & struggled my way through series 3 & was disapointed. I tried to watch series 4, but gave up only an episode or two.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... what went wrong?
I loved the first three series of Teachers. As they evolved from a light-hearted drama set in a school, through to the somewhat Pythonesque moments of Series 3 with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tobster
2.0 out of 5 stars Had to struggle to watch to the end
Only watched because I had watched the other 3 Series, nothing much of the original Teachers was left apart from the odd character who had evolved from the background and yet again... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gdkool
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Cheap, does exactly what its supposed to, quick delivery, no problem at all. Exactly what I wanted for the price I wanted to pay!
Published 13 months ago by Ruth
3.0 out of 5 stars Teachers series 4
The last in this series, and as enjoyable as the others. Some of the characters not quite as strong as the originals but worth a laugh. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Mrs. L. Coker
4.0 out of 5 stars Techers series 2.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second series, full of humour and light entertainment, not to be taken too seriously, each episode was quite different, consequent of this I ordered the... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Mrs. L. Coker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
Loved the series on the TV...and still think it is fantastic. Excellent cast...a must in anybody's collection.
Published on 15 July 2010 by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV
A DVD you will watch over and over again and never get bored. For those of you that have not seen the TV series then this is a must. For those who have then watch it again...... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2009 by J. H. Bestwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly didn't bother. So glad I did!
After seeing some of the bad reviews, and realising it was set in a different school and with no Kurt, Brian, or Matt, I thought it would be a major letdown, but wanted to see it... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2008 by Music Lover.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacks character depth
The problem with this series is that they have tried to re-create the old characters with new actors, rather than give them individuality. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2007 by R. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I know people favour the first three series of teachers over the fourth series, due to the lack of main characters from the third in the fourth. Read more
Published on 31 July 2007 by Amy Rose
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