Teachers title card.
|Created by||Tim Loane|
|Ending theme||The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||40 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jane Fallon|
|Running time||45-50 minutes|
|Original channel||Channel 4|
|Original run||21 March 2001 – 22 December 2004|
|Related shows||Teachers (US)|
While the first series centres heavily around new teacher Simon Casey (Andrew Lincoln), later series have a more balanced ensemble approach. The cast changes dramatically over time, with few original characters remaining by the fourth series. While some of these disappearances are explained, others happen between series without explanation.
The first three series are set in the fictional Summerdown Comprehensive, which merges with another school in the fourth series to form Wattkins School. The series was filmed at the former Merrywood school, and other locations around Bristol, England.
Teachers was nominated for six BAFTA awards between 2002 and 2004, and was nominated for Best British Comedy Show at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.
|Actor||Series||Character Name||Subject||Character Description|
|Andrew Lincoln||1-2, 3||Simon Casey||English||The focus of the first series. Regularly clashed with department head Bob over his laid back approach to teaching, and also with fellow English teacher Jenny, who he ended up having sex with, and eventually became friends with in the 2nd series. He was good friends with Brian and Kurt but his best friend was Susan. She helped him through most of his problems, and he expressed deep remorse for not being there for her in episode 6 of series 1. He becomes attracted to her in one episode of the 2nd series but the two still maintain their closeness. He left before the end of that series to apparently go travelling in South America. He returned briefly in series 3 where he acted as a supply teacher for 3 episodes, and it was revealed his travels didn't extend out of the UK. He did not return in the fourth series. The actor also directed some of the show's episodes.|
|Adrian Bower||1-3||Brian Steadman||Physical education, Geography||A PE teacher originally; later became a geography teacher. Chided for his Northerner accent and generally perceived to be a little dim-witted. Mysteriously killed off between the 3rd and 4th series, apparently in a car crash (Brian's car) which kills himself, Kurt and Matt. Lindsay, Penny and Bob later visit their graves in episode 1 of series 4. (Two characters looking like Kurt and Brian can be seen in the background of many episodes of Series 4.)|
|Navin Chowdhry||1-3||Kurt McKenna||Information technology||Dated the secretary Carol briefly. Generally more intelligent than Brian. Sometimes taunted for being of short stature. Quit smoking when he was trying to woo a parent, very desperate to have sex with anyone. Also killed off between the 3rd and 4th series, apparently in a car crash involving Matt. (Two characters looking like Kurt and Brian can be seen in the background of the staff room in many episodes of Series 4)|
|Raquel Cassidy||1-2||Susan Gately||Psychology||Separated from and later divorced husband Peter. She then moved in with fellow teacher, Jenny. Acts as the group's shrink, as she is the one they go to for advice. Has a nervous breakdown in the 1st series after taking on too much administrative work. Susan appeared to be good friends with everyone and even got on with many of her superiors. Her best friend was Simon, and she acted as his psychologist most of the time. Many of the story lines in series 1 and 2 had something to do with their friendship, including one episode in series 2, where Simon became attracted to her. When Simon left in series 2, his last scene was with Susan, and he suggested she came with him. She declined but it became clear how close the two characters were. Disappears without explanation between seasons 2 and 3.|
|Nina Sosanya||1-2||Jenny Paige||English||The object of much discussion and desire amongst the male characters, Jenny had one night stands with both Brian and Simon (later suggesting Susan seduce Brian, citing her experience with him as pleasant enough). Originally distancing herself from the main group, she evolved into one of its integral elements during the first season. Promoted to Head of Year 11 at the end of that series, she had a notable relationship with educational psychologist Alec in series 2 before disappearing without explanation between seasons 2 and 3.|
|Tamzin Malleson||2-4||Penny Neville||English||Arrived as an NQT in series 2. With a reputation for making disastrous choices in men, she had a 10-month affair with Matt, and later a relationship with pupil Anthony Millington. She has had breast augmentation, and regularly tries to manipulate her colleagues by crying in order to get herself out of trouble. Initially very unpopular with her colleagues (especially Liz), by the fourth series Penny had become a much more integrated member of the group. She ended up with pupil Anthony Millington at the end of series 4, despite the fact that he only made a short appearance in the last episode.|
|James Lance||2-3||Matt Harvey||English||Replaced Simon. Married with children, however had several extramarital affairs, including a 10 month relationship with Penny, and later a short lived affair with Lindsay. He attempts to deny his 'true' feelings for Lindsay (illustrated through his assertion that there is no love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream). The character was killed off between the 3rd and 4th series in a car crash.|
|Shaun Evans||2||John Paul (J.P.) Keating||Modern Foreign Languages||Specialises in French, and originally mistaken for a sixth former. The show's only main homosexual character. Extremely sociable with everyone. Disappears without explanation between seasons 2 and 3. Simon is also extremely jealous of him as he replaced Simon as the person who gets the most attention.|
|Vicky Hall||3-4||Lindsay Pearce||Biology||Extremely popular amongst the male members of the group, Lindsay in a sense replaced the void left by Susan. Lindsay also embarked on a brief affair with Matt after much sexual tension between the two, but as of series 4 it was revealed their relationship had ended when Matt returned to his wife.|
|Lee Williams||4||Ewan Doherty||English||Head of English at Wattkins School. Mild-mannered, skirt chaser in the series. Feels sorry for Bob, who made him the subject of a hate campaign after losing his position to him when the two schools merged. Shares a flat with Damien and Ben, and may have saved Wattkins from closure by seducing the inspector. Usually this would be done by Clare, but unfortunately for her the inspector turned out to be a woman.|
|Daon Broni||4||Damien Waller||Food Technology||Normally sarcastic and unimpressed with the antics in the group. Likes to get Ben into slightly awkward situations from time to time. Had a crush on an inter teacher but did not really get pursued. Found out about Bob's mail-order bride and exposed the secret which led to his disgust against him. Named Bob as "fat bastard" in his mobile.|
|Mathew Horne||4||Ben Birkett||Religious Education||A hypochondriac. At one point thought that he would be dead after being foretold by a Ouija board as a child. Changed religion multiple times a day at one point in an attempt to please all the gods of different religions. He eventually decided it was impossible to keep them all happy and that it was best to "just ignore them."|
All episodes are about 50 minutes
Every single episode has been released on DVD.
Like many sitcoms Teachers had certain themes that it maintained through every episode. These included:
Every episode featured contemporary music, usually with clips of at least five songs (regularly including the bands The Dandy Warhols and Feeder), and the soundtrack to all four series has been released on CD by the Channel 4 shop. The theme tune is the solo section of The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian.
|DVD Cover||Release name||UK Release Date||Original
|Teachers: Series One||11 August 2003/24 September 2007||2001||2||1-8|
|Teachers: Series Two||29 September 2003/24 September 2007||2002||3||9-18|
|Teachers: Series Three||1 November 2004/24 September 2007||2003||4||19-31|
|Teachers: Series Four||03 October 2005||2004||3||32-40|
|Teachers: Series 1-4||06 November 2006||2001, 2002
2003 & 2004