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on 28 December 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.