on 19 August 2003
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!
on 11 October 2003
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!)
on 17 October 2003
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!
on 9 June 2016
What a great show. This reminds me that there are other normal people in the world doing the same things as me! They show the boring things and take the mickey. It is so human, down-to-earth and quirky. If you like Spaced, Black Books, and Community this series is for you!
on 19 August 2003
Teachers is a hystrical view of teacheing in a secondary comprehensive school. This video would appeal to teachers the world over, as even though this series was developed to poke fun at the teaching establishment, it's bone shatteringly close to the truth of what teachers are like. If you have children, just to let you know we do teach as well. A must see!!!
on 6 September 2003
Is it the sheer comedy and entertainment value that comes from the entire Teachers cast that makes this DVD worth its money? I can assure you its a definite yes to that question! The teachers cast- with its original members portray a side to teachers we never thought possible. Series 1 gives you the introduction to some quality acting from actors such as Racquel Cassidy amongst others. Its a shame some of these guys have left- including the guy who probably was responsible for making Teachers a well known comedy-drama,Andrew Lincoln. Lincoln, is undoubtly an amazing actor- you may have already spotted his acting talents in shows such as 'guide to becoming...'- and Teachers is definatly soemthing that will enhance his CV for the nearby future. You have all the mishaps, trials and tribulations that a group of fun loving aduls experience in a professional setting. Oh, and they are teachers!! Any one who wants a fly on the wall documentary about OFSTED inspections- look away. Anyone who wants hours of endless laughs and raw emotion- buy it! Buy it i urge you- it will be the best spend your money can get!
on 22 December 2011
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 Nights. In more recent years, the channel have found success in dramas with a large comedy element, the most famous and successful of which being Shameless (which has also spun a US remake starring William H. Macy). Channel Four first found success in this genre however with shows like Teachers and Green Wing.
The case for Teachers states: The lives and lifestyles of a group of young comprehensive school teachers in Bristol forms the backdrop for the drama series Teachers. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Teachers is set in the fictional Summertown Comprehensive, where a mix of seasoned and young teachers and some raucous pupils makes for some humourous incidents. Set as much out of the classroom as in it, this is a contemporary light-hearted series where the staff find their lives as problematic after school. The main teachers in the drama are twenty-somethings whose lives are complicated by the fact that they aren't much older than their pupils. They have their own clique, gossips and bullies and their own idea of a good practical joke. They sneak into the toilets for a sly fag, some still live with their parents, and they always have an excuse for why they're late for their own class.
The show mainly follows Simon (Andrew Lincoln), an English teacher in his mid-twenties who wants to get through the day as easily as possible. The kids call him by his first name, come to him with their problems due to his approachability and relaxed style and yet, he is constantly bugging head of year, friend and fellow teacher Susan (Raquel Cassidy) for advice on everything from whether or not to move in with his police officer girlfriend Maggie (Zoe Telford) to problems arising from him trying to cut corners in class. Susan isn't without her own problems though, mainly the stress of the job and the strain it puts on her marriage. The main cast are rounded off with Jenny (Nina Sosanya) with whom Simon has a lot of sexual tension and Kurt (Navin Chowdry) and Geoff (Simon Chandler) who spend the day perving at their students and teachers and playing the would you game where a question is asked among the teachers such as, "Jenny with Susan's tits, or Susan awith Jenny's arse?". This leads to many hilarious moments.
The casting for this show is extremely good and the characters gel well together and each have very different characteristics which have been well produced on screen. The scriptwriting, whilst not superb, is very good, and they manage to mix the comedy and drama elements of the show to a high standard. Music throughout the show is from British indie bands of the late nineties and each time a song is played during an episode, it is fitting and never feels out of place. One thing I did enjoy was noticing a couple of the students who have come on to have decent careers of their own, including Kara Tointon (Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing) and James Corden (Lesbian Vampire Killers and A League of Their Own).
All in all, the show is mildly dramatic, definately funny and a joy to watch. Whilst there are a few minor characters I would change, I can't help but give it a solid recommendation to fans of the typically dry British humour mixed with drama.
This first series (of four) consists of eight episodes spread evenly over two discs.
on 30 September 2009
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.
on 20 August 2003
I'm just going to agree with all the other reviews so far, teachers is a great, original and intelligent series. Most of us can identify with it too. Teachers has that real-life feel, which makes it watchable and very, very funny.
As for the DVD itself, it's pretty good. The behind the scenes stuff gives it something extra, and I do agree with Frank (see other reviews) the subtitles are annoying, as they automatically set to 'on' each time you start the DVD. But, unlike Frank, I am able to turn them off. It must be a fault on that particular DVD, please don't be put off by the glitch. (No offence to Frank meant).
on 2 February 2004
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.