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Teachers - Series 1 DVD


The debut series of Channel 4's comedy drama revolves around the lives loves and lost homework of a young group of school teachers. Andrew Lincoln stars as Simon a reckless English teacher whose enthusiasm is somewhat eroded by his sharp-tongued and uninspired Year Eights.

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All eight episodes from the first season of the popular Channel 4 drama series set in the fictional Summerdown Comprehensive, where the teachers are just as juvenile (if not more so) than the teenagers they are supposed to be educating. In Episode 1, Simon (Andrew Lincoln) makes an alarming discovery about his girlfriend after breaking into the school and stealing a statue as a prank. In Episode 2, Simon starts to imagine Jenny (Nina Sosanya) as Madame Whiplash after sharing a joint with a pupil. Episode 3 sees Simon being kicked out of his father's flat and dumped by his girlfriend within the space of a couple of days. In Episode 4, Simon's sex education class gives rise to all kinds of complications and uncertainties. Episode 5 finds Simon and Jenny locked in a passionate tryst after getting locked in a book cupboard together. In Episode 6, Susan (Raquel Cassidy) breaks down after the open day turns out a disaster and her husband Peter (Alisdair Simpson) proves to be less than supportive. In Episode 7, Simon doesn't know what to do when a pupil makes a sexual complaint against Bob (Lloyd McGuire), the head of department - who will be interviewing him for the permanent post. Finally, in Episode 8, it's the end-of-year staff party and a few unexpected liaisons are forged...

  • Average Rating for Teachers - Series 1 [2001] - 4 out of 5

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  • Teachers - Series 1 [2001]
    Kashif Ahmed

    For a while, 'Teachers' was the new 'This Life', and not just because Andrew 'Egg' Lincoln was in it. Series 1 is essential viewing for a bit of early noughties nostalgia: with a great soundtrack featuring then fresh bands like the Dandy Warholes, Dums Dums and Toploader, 'Friends' / 'Coupling'-esque relationship dilemmas, slacker musings and edgy, often surreal witticisms. 'Teachers' kept its fans in voluntary detention for four seasons, and though its grades went downhill faster than public support for 'New Labour' there's still a lot to like in these early episodes. I can identify with its portrayal of some, and I stress; some, teachers as booze addled layabouts who, whilst flailing around in the pitch black fathom of despair managed to grab a lifeline and ended up in the profession; now, they wallow in a sea of drink and damn the endless bureaucracy that drives them to it. But if this show were made today, the corpocracy elements would have to be a lot more sinister: as many schools appear to be lost in a miasma of incestuous plutocratic inequity, whereby their 'status' is exalted in meaningless government appraisals, as standards are systematically rubbished by a dumbed down diktat of nonsensical garbage; offloaded into the open minds of a faceless pupil pool like gallons of toxic waste dumped into pure rivers. C'est la vie. Bunk seasons 2-4, for 'Teachers' series 1 is the only set that makes the grade, passing as it does, with flying colours: A for effort.

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