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Mind Your Language

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
42 x 30 minute episodes

After quitting the cycle of medical comedies which began with Doctor In The House, Barry Evans spent several years in the theatre where the rewards were more spiritual than monetary.

In debt and on the dole, he approached Thames Television, telling them: “I’m still around, I’m still alive and I would appreciate it if you would consider me for some sort of work”.

The result was Mind Your Language, a low-brow comedy in which he starred as lively but put-upon Jeremy Brown, a teacher of English to a night school class of assorted stereotyped foreigners, including amorous French girl Danielle Favre (Francoise Pascal), humourless German Anna Schmidt (Jacki Harding) and Italian romeo Giovanni Cupello (George Camiller).

Misunderstandings and abuse were rife, leading to constant aggression and turning the naive, inoffensive Brown into a quivering, frustrated wreck.

Miss Courtney (Zara Nutley) was the dragon-like principal who had the knack of entering the classroom at just the wrong moment, and Sid (Tommy Godfrey) was the Cockney caretaker, later replaced by Henshaw (Harry Littlewood).

The likeable cast served up sizeable portions of ancient and uncomplicated schoolboy humour, presented with an absolute lack of pretension, which made the programme a big hit in 1970s’ weekend schedules.

It ran for three series, was briefly revived in the mid-Eighties, and, apparently, even spawned a live stage show in Blackpool.

Barry Evans died in 1997 after spending the last years of his life as a Leicestershire taxi driver.

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Jeremy Brown
Barry Evans
Miss Courtney
Zara Nutley
Danielle Favre
Francoise Pascal
Ali Nadim
Dino Shafeek
mindyourlanguageJamila Ranjha
Jamila Massey
Anna Schmidt
Jacki Harding
Juan Cervantes
Ricardo Montez
Giovanni Cupello
George Camiller
Chung Su-Lee
Pik-Sen Lim
Taro Nagazumi
Robert Lee
mindyourlanguage2Maximillian Papandrious
Kevork Malikyan
Ranjeet Singh
Albert Moses
Sid
Tommy Godfrey
Zoltan Szabo
Gabor Vernon
Ingrid Svenson
Anna Bergman
Henshaw
Harry Littlewood
Gladys
Iris Sadler