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Teachers: Series 1 [DVD] [2001]

Ursula Holden Gill , Gillian Bevan , Andrew Lincoln , Barnaby Southcombe    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ursula Holden Gill, Gillian Bevan, Lloyd McGuire, Ellen Thomas, Tamzin Malleson
  • Directors: Andrew Lincoln, Barnaby Southcombe, Brian Kelly, Jeremy Lovering, John Alexander
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 382 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Z4YR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,221 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

On the DVD: Teachers, Series 1 bucks the take-it-or-leave-it convention of many television series releases by actually providing some interview material as part of this two-disc set. Simple extras such as this cost little enough to include and do at least add some value to the package. --Roger Thomas

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Depending on where you get your recommendations, youll 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, its all of the above, which perhaps does more for the shows 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 dont. It makes for a superb, bittersweet concoction. If you want yet more social comment, its worth noting that the series was filmed in a disused, empty LEA school. On the DVD: Teachers, Series 1 bucks the take-it-or-leave-it convention of many television series releases by actually providing some interview material as part of this two-disc set. Simple extras such as this cost little enough to include and do at least add some value to the package. --Roger Thomas


Customer Reviews

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class! 19 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
Teachers series one is revolutionary comedy genius! It follows the trials and tribulations of a group of teachers from a fictional Bristol comprehensive school. The acting is great, script is superb and the soundtrack is fantastic. This DVD is a must buy just for the eight hours of pure class!
Also watch out for the quirky ways the days of the week appear in each episode!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure excellence 11 Oct 2003
Format:DVD
Having only seen the 3rd series on Tele (how the hell did i miss the other 2 - must give myself a slap!), I fell in love with the characters on first sight even down to the fat bald kid. It is pure class, a classic of all time and deserves a better audience than 10 O'Clock on a Wednesday night. Please, I beg of you to make sure you tell all your friends about this program and they to tell their friends. For the first time in my life I'm in Love... More pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez Mr writer. (Note to CH4 - sod the swearing, you have an all time classic on your hands, don't let it go. Stop showing endless hours of Friends reruns - put Teachers on from Episode 1, PRIMETIME!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 17 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Really loved both series.
The show is very clever. well written. fantastically cast and acted, and beautifully shot. hope they bring the third out on DVD.
Thought the DVD extras bit was really funny. Kurt and Brian are obviously as funny in reall ife as they are on the show. We also get to see them hitting each other in the dressing room and all the cast laughing on set. It was a fantastic addition, as good as the actual series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy man 2 Feb 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What can be said that hasn't already been said about this astonishing series full of insane and intelligent jokes, especially appealing to those who work or study in such an environment? There is no parallel to the surreal and unnerving quality of Simon's imaginings, and Kurt, Brian, Susan, and the rest are just excellent supporting characters. The acting is excellent, the editing skillful, the directing superb, the writing witty, and the characters well developed.
What more could you want? Put bluntly, Teachers, especially this first series, is simply the very comedy-drama series you will ever watch. Breathtaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top series 26 Nov 2009
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Top series....well it's made in the UK & we do the best type of this drama!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy With The Arab Strap 30 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
A randomly appearing donkey, vicious bullies in the background of scenes, letters being stolen from the school name sign regularly and the day of the week appearing in a novel way or place at the start of an episode are just a few of the highlights of Teachers. With the original cast, this is the best of all 4 series - in no small part due to Andrew Lincoln. His portrayal of Simon Casey, a quixotic English teacher with a penchant for surreal daydreams, is brilliant, and compliments Kurt and Brian's immature banter perfectly. The pub scenes after the teachers have had a day at school are a definite highlight of the show. This series is highly recommended for people who like teachers, donkeys and people smoking in toilets.

Plus the theme tune, and entire soundtrack actually, rocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars teachers series 1 1 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
this has to be one of the best british made programs on our telly for many a year, thank god my teachers were not like that,if you haven't seen this program, dont delay you will be hooked in under 5 mins by the anarcic goings on of simon, susan brian & kirk, follow them as they have to give up valuable time in the pub to try and teach their pupils, once seen forever loved enjoy!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite British comedy 29 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
There are not many shows which I would consider to be in my "favourites" list but two weeks after viewing my first "Teachers" episode I have rapidly fallen in love with the show.
Set in a fictional high school the series follows Simon (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow teachers during their every day chores and problems. What first brought my attention to the show was Andrew Lincoln, after seeing his performance as Mark in "Love actually" I had to see more and "Teachers" was heavily recommended to me by a work colleague and I wasn't dissappointed. The writing is sharp and though some consider this to be a drama, it is foremost a comedy. The situations Simon and co. get themselves into are hilarious and the unusual camera angles and clever editing all add to the fun.
After seeing the first couple of episodes from season 2 I would say that so far season 1 is better. Though I've praised Andrew Lincoln so far the remaining cast can't be forgotten, they are all A+. In particular Racquel Cassidy (Susan) who is the long suffering best friend to Simon, Kurt and Brian.
Must see show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
Quite zany, and rather unlike most of the teachers I've ever met! Once you've got over the use of f*** and s*** every other word, it's very funny.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. N. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
If you like good old fashioned channel 4 comedies, then this will be right up your street. Great purchase. .
Published 13 months ago by Rory
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas presie
I bought this for my girlfriend who is a teacher. I've already seen it but I feel it will make her laugh,smile, & recognise how like the real thing it is.
Published 16 months ago by bigross43
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better comedy dramas
Channel Four have been well known for their comedy offerings since the mid-nineties ranging from the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost career starter Spaced through to Black Books and Phoenix... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by BPR
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dandy Piece of Bacon
It's not everyday that someone like me stumbles across a gem like this. It's a pride of British comedy at its best and it does trumps. Read more
Published on 24 April 2011 by Ben Franks
4.0 out of 5 stars Teachers - Great viewing!
Having recently seen series 4 of Teachers, I felt compelled to view the previous three series. This DVD really is very funny, and great viewing! I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2005 by Mrs. N. J. Manchester
4.0 out of 5 stars Now we see what they're really like!
'Teachers' wasn't a programme that i watched avidly when it was broadcast on television, but having heard loads of good things about it i decided to buy the first two series... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2005 by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars We want more!
I have all the DVD's of Teachers, and I just cannot get enought of it. Its a fantastastic programme, showing the lives of Teachers (whether their lives are really like that I dont... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Teachers....
if only this was around when I was at school, I would have realised that Teachers are human too. Whilst it's obviously fictional, this series is excellent. Bring on the new series!
Published on 1 Jun 2004 by SJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a golden era of television
Absolute class.... at the new price of under fifteen quid, it's just a mystery to me why more people aren't buying this. Read more
Published on 11 May 2004 by "lee271079"
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