Mind Your Language

Mind Your Language

Title screen of the Series
Created by Vince Powell
Starring Barry Evans
Dino Shafeek
Zara Nutley
Albert Moses
George Camiller
Jacki Harding
Ricardo Montez
Robert Lee
Pik-Sen Lim
Kevork Malikyan
Jamila Massey
Françoise Pascal
Anna Bergman
Tommy Godfrey
Iris Sadler
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 42 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Stuart Allen
Albert Moses
Camera setup 2.45
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) London Weekend Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 30 December 1977 (1977-12-30) – 20 December 1979 (1979-12-20)

Mind Your Language is a British sitcom that premiered on ITV in 1977. Produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen, the show is set in an adult education college in London and focuses on the English as a Foreign Language class taught by Mr Jeremy Brown, portrayed by Barry Evans, who had to deal with a motley crew of foreign students. Three series were made by LWT between 1977–79, and the show was briefly revived in 1986 with six of the original cast.


The series was commissioned by Michael Grade, LWT Director of Programmes in 1977.[1] Although the series was attracting some 18 million viewers, the programme was cancelled in 1979 by Grade, who considered the stereotyping offensive.[2]

The series was sold to other countries, including Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Singapore. It was also one of the first British TV programmes shown in South Africa after the end of the boycott by the British Actors' Equity Association. It was resurrected briefly for the export market by an independent producer in the mid-1980s, though most ITV companies did not show any of the episodes made in 1986, only Anglia, Central and Granada transmitted the final 13 episodes, while Border, HTV and Tyne Tees broadcast a handful of episodes.

Various international television shows based on the premise of Mind Your Language have followed the original series. Among them are What a Country! (US), Zabaan Sambhalke (India and Pakistan), Second Chance! (Nigeria), Jami'ar Albarkawa (In Hausa language, Nigeria), Raja Kaduwa! (Sri Lanka), Classmates (Kenya) and Kelas Internasional (Indonesia).

Recording locations

The majority of recording sessions for the first three series took place on Tuesday evenings in Studio Two at the South Bank Television Centre. The 1986 series was filmed at Uxbridge Technical College in Middlesex.


Series 1-3 have been released on DVD; however the independently-produced season 4 has not.

Transmission details

London Weekend Television (original run)

Granada Television (1986 revival)

Granada Television was the first of the ITV regions to show the 1986 series. Other ITV stations which broadcast it were:

DVD releases

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 Series 1 episode Kill Or Cure, the Series 2 episode Don't Forget The Driver, the Series 3 episode Guilty Or Not Guilty? and all of Series 4. An alternate boxed set was released by Network DVD in November 2007 and contained all episodes of Series 1 to 3. Series 4 has yet to be released on DVD.

Cast and characters

Countries Represented in Mind Your Language

School staff


In the fourth series, Mr Brown and Miss Courtney are still at the school, as are Giovanni, Anna, Juan, Ranjeet and Ingrid. New students in series 4 include:


The series was remade in various countries, following the basic premise but adapted to local ethnic groups:


External links

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