Mind Your Language

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Mind Your Language
Format Comedy
Pencipta Vince Powell
Dibintangi Barry Evans
Albert Moses
George Camiller
Kevork Malikyan
Zara Nutley
Robert Lee
Dino Shafeek
Pik-Sen Lim
Tommy Godfrey
Iris Sadler
Françoise Pascal
Ricardo Montez
Jacki Harding
Jamila Massey
Anna Bergman
Gabor Vernon
Jenny Lee-Wright
Marie-Elise Grepne
Raj Patel
Vincent Wong
Sue Bond
Harry Littlewood
Negara asal United Kingdom
Bilangan episod 42
Penerbit eksekutif Stuart Allen
Albert Moses
Tempoh siaran 30 minutes
Saluran asal ITV
Siaran asal December 30, 1977 – December 15, 1979
and 1986

Mind Your Language adalah suatu siri televisyen komedi British yang terdahulunya disiarkan di ITV di antara 1977 dan 1979. Dikeluarkan oleh LWT dan diarah oleh Stuart Allen, ia terletak di sebuah sekolah untuk para pelajar dewasa di London, berfokus pada kelas Inggeris sebagai suatu Bahasa Asing oleh En. Jeremy Brown, dilakon oleh Barry Evans, yang harus menguruskan sekumpulan motley orang asing. Suatu versi baru persembahan ini dengan sesetengah lakonan asalnya disiarkan pada 1986.

Premis[sunting | sunting sumber]

The series focuses on the adult students of the English as a Foreign Language class in a London school. The classes take place in the early evening, and are taught by Mr. Brown, though on occasion other individuals take over the class if he is not available. The class consists of foreigners with varying degrees of English proficiency. The humour of the show is derived from the students misunderstanding English words or terms, and plays up to the cultural stereotype of their individual nation of origin.

Season One takes place over a full school year, starting with Mr. Brown being hired by the Headmistress Miss Courtney, and ends with the students sitting for their Lower Cambridge Certificate. Season Two begins at the start of the next school year, with all ten previous students returning after having failed their exam, and two new students joining them, for a total of twelve. Season One and Two primarily took place within the classroom, but the later seasons explored settings outside of the school.

More recently the show has been criticised for unimaginative racism and lack of political correctness, but in its day the show was popular because of its light-hearted take on multiculturalism and because it gave some otherwise unrepresented minorities a television presence, albeit represented as caricatures.

Pengeluaran[sunting | sunting sumber]

The show was cancelled in 1979 by Michael Grade, then LWT's Deputy Controller of Entertainment, who considered the stereotyping offensive. Nevertheless the series was sold to other countries, including Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore. It was also one of the first British TV programmes shown in South Africa after the end of the boycott by Equity. It was resurrected briefly for the export market by an independent producer in the mid 1980s. Some ITV companies didn't show any of the episodes made in 1986. Only Granada transmitted the final 13 episodes consecutively as a complete series. The 1986 resurrected series was filmed at Uxbridge Technical College, Middlesex.

Various international television shows based on the premise of Mind Your Language have followed the original series. Among them are What a Country! (US), Zaban Sambhal Ke (India), Zaban Sambhal Kai (Pakistan) and Second Chance! (Nigeria).

Episod[sunting | sunting sumber]

Musim 1[sunting | sunting sumber]

Episode Title Original Airdate
01 "The First Lesson" December 30, 1977
Mr. Brown becomes the new teacher of the English as a Foreign Language class, and meets his students for the first time. 
02 "An Inspector Calls" January 6, 1978
An education inspector is due to arrive at the school to observe the classes, Mr. Brown mistakes him for a new student. 
03 "A Fate Worse Than Death" January 13, 1978
Ranjeet asks Mr. Brown for help to escape an arranged marriage. 
04 "All Through The Night" January 20, 1978
The students' English is not improving, so Mr. Brown keeps them for the night, but they get locked in after hours. 
05 "The Best Things In Life" January 27, 1978
Jamila is arrested for shoplifting, but it's not her fault, because of her poor English, the stole items that she thought was "free", she asks Mr. Brown to return the items without getting caught. 
06 "Come Back All Is Forgiven" February 3, 1978
Ms. Courtney declares that Mr. Brown has not been performing well and threatens to dismiss him. 
07 "The Cheating Game" February 10, 1978
The students have to sit for a mock exam to prove their progress. 
08 "Better To Have Loved and Lost" February 17, 1978
Ali and Su Li announce that they're getting married, but Mr. Brown discovers that Ali is already married and takes Su Li for his second wife. 
09 "Kill Or Cure" February 24, 1978
Mr. Brown falls ill, leaving the class to the mercy of Ms. Courtney. 
10 "Hello, Sailor" March 3, 1978
Juan brings his Russian sailor friend Boris to Mr. Brown's class, Boris explains to Mr. Brown why he left Russia to stay in England, it's because he has fallen head-over-heels with an english woman. 
11 "A Point Of Honour" March 10, 1978
Danielle is being harassed by Mr. Jarvis, the woodwork teacher, after she tells him that she is engaged to Mr. Brown, Mr. Brown is challenged by Mr. Jarvis to a fighting ring in the gym. 
12 "How's Your Father?" March 17, 1978
Mr. Brown sympathizes his story to the class of how he was left on an orphanage on Jeremy Street as a baby 30 years ago, he grew up and never knew his parents. However, when he hears that Sidney had a baby and left it on the same orphanage, he believes that he might be his father. 
13 "The Examination" March 24, 1978
The students sit for their Lower Cambridge Certificate exam, but they are a little nervous. 

Season 2[sunting | sunting sumber]

Episode Title Original Airdate
14 "All Present If Not Correct" October 7, 1978
In the new school year, Mr. Brown meets two new faces and ten old ones who did not pass the exam. 
15 "Queen For A Day" October 14, 1978
It is announced that the Queen will be visiting the school. 
16 "Brief Re-encounter" October 21, 1978
Ms. Courtney is reunited with an old boyfriend. 
17 "Many Happy Returns" October 28, 1978
Ranjeet has been saving up his money to visit his mother for her birthday, but Mr. Brown loses it and the class has to work to get it back. 
18 "Don't Forget The Driver" November 4, 1978
The class are excited about a school trip, but things go wrong. 
19 "A Hard Day's Night" November 11, 1978
Mr. Brown's flat is being painted and he moves in with Giovanni and Max. 
20 "Take Your Partners" November 18, 1978
Mr. Brown has to choose whom to take to a charity dance. 
21 "After Three" November 25, 1978
The class have to prepare for the school's talent show. 

Season 3[sunting | sunting sumber]

Episode Title Original Airdate
22 "I Belong To Glasgow" October 27, 1979
A new student from Glasgow joins the class and starts chaos. 
23 "Who Loves Ya Baby?" November 3, 1979
Danielle brings a baby to class. 
24 "No Flowers By Request" November 10, 1979
Mr. Brown hurts his foot and is hospitalized. 
25 "Just the Job" November 17, 1979
Mr. Brown is offered a new highly paid job at another school. 
26 "Guilty Or Not Guilty?" November 24, 1979
All the students are brought to court for causing mischief in public. 
27 "Repent At Leisure" December 1, 1979
Anna is depressed for something she has to fix. 
28 "The School Fete" December 8, 1979
The school holds a fete. Max is held responsible for hiring an actor he knows to open the fete. Elsewhere, Mr. Brown misplaces Ms. Courtney's coat. 
29 "What A Tangled Web" December 15, 1979
Ali suspects that his wife is having an affair. 

Transmission details[sunting | sunting sumber]

DVD releases[sunting | sunting sumber]

The series was released as a boxed set on Region 2 DVD in 2003, and on Region 1 DVD in 2004. However, this set excludes the Season 1 episode Kill Or Cure, the Season 2 episode Don't Forget The Driver, the Season 3 episode Guilty Or Not Guilty? and the entirety of Season 4.

An alternate boxed set was released by Network DVD in November 2007, containing the complete Seasons 1 to 3.

The remaining fourth series has yet to be released on DVD.

Cast and characters[sunting | sunting sumber]

School staff[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • Jeremy Brown, portrayed by Barry Evans, is the English teacher and focal point of most of the series. He is hired in the series pilot, in which he is warned that the previous teacher was driven insane by the students. Mr. Brown is up to the challenge, and often has to put up with the students' often literal interpretations of the English language. Despite his frustrations with the students, he grows fond of them and often goes out of his way to help them and vice versa.
  • Miss Dolores Courtney, portrayed by Zara Nutley, is the school's pompous and tight-fisted principal. She thinks poorly of Mr. Brown and his abilities as a teacher, and often drops in unannounced into his class to check on the students' progress. Over time she grows fond of Mr. Brown as well as his students.
  • Sidney, portrayed by Tommy Godfrey (Season 1 - 3), is the caretaker of the school. He is a London Cockney who frequently speaks in slang rhyme. He becomes a father figure and friend to Mr. Brown and the male students of his class.
  • Gladys, portrayed by Iris Sadler (Season 1 - 3), is the old lady in charge of the tea room at the school. She is, in contrast to Miss Courtney, affable and friendly towards Mr. Brown and the students. She takes Miss Courtney's domineering attitude in stride, and gets along well with everyone.

Pelajar[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • Itali Giovanni Capello (dalam musim 2 Giovanni Cupello), digambarkan oleh George Camiller, adalah seorang pemasak Itali, pelajar terbising dalam kelas dan monitor kelas de-facto. Dia berkawan karib dengan Max, yang menjadi teman sepangsapurinya. Masalah bahasa Inggeris Giovanni adalah masalah memahami metafor dan kata-kata besar, walaupun dia sering menjawab salah dengan sengaja untuk membuat para pelajar dalam kelas ketawa. Apabila terperanjat, dia sering mengatakan "Santa Maria" atau "Holy Ravioli", dan dia sering mengata "Okey kokey" daripada "OK".
  • Jerman Anna Schmidt, digambarkan oleh Jacki Harding, adalah seorang JGerman stereotaip 1970an dan seorang au pair. Dengan pengenalannya, dia merujukkan "German efficiency", dan secara tertentu Anna dalah seorang pelajar yang rajin, sering menanyakan soalan legitimate dan apabila siri-siri dilanjutkan, menjawab soalan Mr. Brown secara betul. Masalah utamanya adalah mencampurkan "V" dan "W" bunyi.
  • Republik Rakyat China Chung Su-Lee, digambar oleh Pik-Sen Lim (Musim 1 - 3), adalah seorang setiausha di Kedutaan China. Dia tidak akan dilihat tanpa buku merah kecilnya pada Mao, yang dia sering memetik dari. Dia sering mengatur sebelah-menyebelah "R" dan "L". Pada awalnya dalam siri-siri, dia mempunyai persaigan ideolagi garang dengan Taro, kawan sekelas Jepunnya, tetapi kemudiannya dalam siri-siri, dia sering meloncat untuk mempertahankannya apabila suatu penghinaan sifat padanya atau China.
  • Jepun Taro Nagazumi, portrayed by Robert Lee (Season 1 - 3) is a Japanese electronics representative. He has a reasonable command of English, but has a habit of adding "-o" to every word he says. Early in the series he is at odds with Su-Lee due to Japan and China's own political differences in the 1970s, but becomes a close friend of hers later on. He is never seen without his camera.
  • India Jamila Ranjha, portrayed by Jamila Massey (Season 1 - 3), is an Indian housewife from Bombay. When she first joins the class she can barely speak English, and needs Ali to translate her Urdu, but by series 3, she has become one of the better English speakers. She often calls Mr. Brown "Masterjee".
  • Greece Maximillian Papandrious, portrayed by Kevork Malikyan (Season 1 - 3), is a Greek shipping office worker, and is often paired with Giovanni. He is attracted to Danielle but as the show progresses the three became a gang of sorts. Max tends to misunderstand metaphors and large words. He also has a heavy accent, which causes him to add "H" to almost every word he says. Later, he shares his flat with Giovanni.
  • Sepanyol Juan Cervantes, portrayed by Ricardo Montez, is a Spanish bartender with an optimistic streak. Juan is always laughing at himself, confident of his answers even when they are completely wrong. Early in the series Juan speaks almost no English, and answers everything with "por favor" (please), necessitating Giovanni to translate some key terms for him. Juan's English improves as the series went on, but he remained one of the worst speakers, often speaking a mix of English and Spanish. He cares a great deal for Mr. Brown, whom he considers almost family.
  • India Ranjeet Singh, portrayed by Albert Moses, is a Tube worker from Punjab in India and a very devoted Sikh. He constantly argues with Ali, who is a Pakistani Muslim. He tends to mix up his general knowledge, and upon being corrected he always puts his hands together for "a thousand apologies".
  • Perancis Danielle Favre, portrayed by Francoise Pascal (Season 1 - 3), is an amorous French au pair who instantly grabs the attention of all men, including Mr. Brown. Her good looks often distract Giovanni and Max from their answers, while Mr. Brown is often found in seemingly incriminating positions with her. She is annoyed when Ingrid Svenson joins the class, instigating a rivalry for Mr. Brown's attention.
  • Pakistan Ali Nadeem, portrayed by Dino Shafeek (Season 1 - 3), is one of the first students that Mr. Brown meets at the school. He is originally from Lahore, Pakistan, although he once stated he grew up in Delhi. Never seen without his Jinnah cap, he is the most vocal of the students and often literally misinterprets everything said by others. As a Pakistani Muslim he has a vocal and occasionally physical rivalry with Ranjeet, who is an Indian Sikh. By the middle of Season 2, although they continue to argue, Ali's rivalry with Ranjeet becomes less malicious, and they are on occasion able to work together without complaint. Ali's typical catch phrase is "oh blimey!", and also "jolly good".
  • Sweden Ingrid Svenson, portrayed by Anna Bergman (Season 2 and 4), is a Swedish au pair who joins the class at the beginning of Season 2. She is attractive and straightforward about her attraction to Mr. Brown, sparking a rivalry between her and Danielle. Her main problem with English is word order, often getting words mixed up, such as "you for I question answer". She transfers schools at the end of Season 2, but returns in the independently produced Season 4.
  • Hungary Zoltán Szabó, portrayed by Gabor Vernon (Season 2), is a Hungarian student who only appears during Season 2. He has a very basic level of English and requires a phrasebook for everything. He picks up slang quickly, most of which comes from Giovanni and Juan. At the end of series 2, he goes back to Hungary. His typical catchphase is to say "Bocsánat?" [pronounced "bochanot", Hungarian word for 'Sorry', 'Excuse me'] to everything said to him in English.
  • In the fourth season, Mr. Brown and Miss Courtney were still at the school, as were Anna, Giovanni, Ingrid, Juan and Ranjeet. New students included Maria Papandrious, portrayed by Jenny Lee-Wright, Michelle Dumas (Marie-Elise Grepne), Farrukh Azzam (Raj Patel), and Fu Wong Chang (Vincent Wong).

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