Mind Your Language (1977–1986)
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The First Lesson 

Mr Jeremy Brown, an English teacher, meets his class of foreign students for the first time. Things start of well, but...

Director:

Stuart Allen

Writer:

Vince Powell
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Barry Evans ... Jeremy Brown
Zara Nutley ... Miss Courtney
Dino Shafeek ... Ali Nadim
George Camiller ... Giovanni Capello
Kevork Malikyan ... Maximillian Papandrious
Robert Lee ... Taro Nagazumi
Jacki Harding Jacki Harding ... Anna Schmidt
Jamila Massey ... Jamila Ranjha
Ricardo Montez ... Juan Cervantes
Albert Moses ... Ranjeet Singh
Françoise Pascal ... Danielle Favre
Pik Sen Lim ... Chung Su-Lee (as Pik-Sen Lim)
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Storyline

In the pilot episode, Mr. Jeremy Brown begins teaching an English class to a diverse group of ten foreign adult students in London, hailing from nine different countries. From Europe come two au pairs, the flirtatious and beautiful Danielle (France) and prim and proper Anna (Germany), two young single men, Giovanni (Italy) and Max (Greece) and a laid-back middle-aged bartender, Juan (Spain), who speaks no English at all. From Asia, come a revolutionary-minded secretary from the Chinese Embassy (Su-Li), a Japanese businessman (Taro) as well as three students from the Subcontinent, a devout Sikh (Ranjeet) and an unemployed Pakistani (Ali), who are constantly at each other's threats, and finally a Hindi-speaking housewife (Jamila) who can't speak a word of English. The school principal, Miss Delores Courtney, nearly dismisses Mr. Brown immediately as she had requested a female teacher, but he is allowed to stay on a trial basis. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode where neither Sid nor Gladys appear. See more »

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Miss Courtney: I distinctedly requested for the local authority to send a woman teacher, especially in view of what happened to Mr. Warburton.
Jeremy Brown: Mr. Warburton?
Miss Courtney: Yes, he was teaching English language for Foreign students last term. I'm afraid he only lasted a month. Then, he departed.
Jeremy Brown: Dead?
Miss Courtney: Demented! Yes, the strain was too much for him. Typical of the male sex, no stamina! Always seem to be able to cope at first and then he just snapped! It was really quite disgusting!
Jeremy Brown: Really? What did he do?
Miss Courtney: Climbed out of the ...
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