Laurence Didcott is a new teacher who joins the staff at the Mansion School at the start of the autumn term. The Mansion School has been ticking along nicely for the last 235 years until ... See full summary »


Terry Kyan, Paul Smith






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Series cast summary:
Nigel Planer ...  Laurence Didcott 6 episodes, 1993
Polly Adams ...  Jean Halifax 6 episodes, 1993
Timothy Bateson ...  Leonard Wigley 6 episodes, 1993
Victoria Carling Victoria Carling ...  Harriet Humphrey 6 episodes, 1993
Robert Gillespie ...  Gilbert Herring 6 episodes, 1993
David Troughton ...  Eric Sweety 6 episodes, 1993
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Leslie Piper 6 episodes, 1993
Peter Woodthorpe ...  Donald Halifax 6 episodes, 1993
Rebecca Callard ...  Lucy Cornwell 6 episodes, 1993
Bryan Dick ...  Adam Huntley 6 episodes, 1993
David Larkin David Larkin ...  Clive Crotty 6 episodes, 1993
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ...  Hugo Botney 6 episodes, 1993
Simeon Pearl Simeon Pearl ...  Anthony Zalacosta 6 episodes, 1993
Camilla Power ...  Pamela Slotover 6 episodes, 1993


Laurence Didcott is a new teacher who joins the staff at the Mansion School at the start of the autumn term. The Mansion School has been ticking along nicely for the last 235 years until Didcott turns up to join the French department. His idealized view of what teaching at a public school is all about is dented when his Head of Department, Donald Halifax, informs him that they don't speak French in the French department. the headmaster seems more concerned with fund raising than the pupils' welfare and Didcott soon learns that fees take precedence over education at the Mansion. Didcott's honesty and enthusiasm with staff, pupils and parents alike are to cause him grief in the weeks to come. And the first episode sees him creating problems for the headmaster over delinquent pupil Adam Huntley whose father is on the point of enriching the School Arts Centre funds by a cool twenty thousand pounds. Written by E. M. Murray

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15 February 1993 (UK) See more »

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Very fine and funny comedy set in a private school.
24 December 2016 | by geoffrey_bellamySee all my reviews

Only one series was made of this extremely funny and insightful series. The writers clearly knew their quarry. The characters are from real life, just that comedic-bit enlarged to give dramatic punch. Having taught in such a place for 34 years, you see those types reflected here. The writing is sharp and includes lots of seemingly-irrelevant details, but which contribute to the success of the whole. The cast is exceptionally strong, having fine players in all the key roles, the children included. This sort of traditional comedy does not fit into the modern BBC's view of itself as a reforming left-wing advocate, so it has never been repeated or released on DVD. It is very funny, though and has a following which admires its qualities of observational humour, whatever the politics-de-jour at Broadcasting House. Nigel Planer is tremendous as the main character, a keen new language teacher in a school of sleepy old professionals. You will laugh out loud at this, if you haven't seen it before, unless you are averse to school-based comedy. Production standards are very high throughout, this is high-quality television.

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