History Series / MindYourLanguage

29th Aug '16 3:02:33 PM RedMuseAniMusic
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Politically incorrect BritCom that ran between 1977 and 1979. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales outsourced abroad to great acclaim]]. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.

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Politically incorrect BritCom that ran between 1977 and 1979. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales outsourced abroad to great acclaim]].acclaim. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.


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* WhosOnFirst: During the episode where Jamila was caught stealing a mag from a shop (and that's not the first time she does it with anything), all the students, Mr. Brown and Miss Courtney enter the police office and this happens:
-->'''Police officer''': Good. Now let's take a few names. ''(addressing to Miss Courtney)'' You Madam, sorry, Miss.
-->'''Miss Courtney''': Courtney.
-->'''Police officer''': ''(writes down the name)'' Thank you! ''(addressing to Juan)'' You sir.
-->'''Juan''': Si.
-->'''Police officer''': What's your name?
-->'''Juan''': Por favore?
-->'''Police officer''': ''(writes it down)'' How do you spell that?
-->'''Mr. Brown''': That's not his name.
-->'''Police officer''': Oh, giving me a false name, eh?
-->'''Juan''': Por favore?
-->'''Police officer''': I'll come back to you, Mr. Por Favore, or whatever your name is! ''(points at Ali)'' You!
-->'''Ali''': Yes please.
-->'''Police officer''': What is your name?
-->'''Ali''': Oh no, Watt is not my name.
-->'''Police officer''': I don't wanna know what your name is not! What is your name?
-->'''Ali''': And I'm telling you it is not.
-->'''Police officer''': ''(points at Anna)'' You, what is his name?
-->'''Anna''': Nein.
-->'''Police officer''': Aha! Now we're getting somewhere. ''(writes down)'' Mr. Nine.
-->'''Anna''': That is not his name.
-->'''Police officer''': You just said it was.
-->'''Anna''': You ask me is his name is Watt and I tell you "nein". Watt is not his name but also not Nein!
-->'''Police officer''': I'm going around the bend! ''(points at Ranjeet)'' What is his name?
-->'''Ranjeet''': Absolutely not.
-->'''Police officer''': Not what?
-->'''Ranjeet''': That is correct.
-->'''Police officer''': What is your name?
-->'''Ranjeet''': Wrong again!
-->'''Giovanni''': He's not here!
-->'''Police officer''': Who's not here?!
-->'''Max''': Watt.
-->'''Police officer''': Pardon?!
-->'''Max''': Who is not here and Watt is not here neither.
-->'''Police officer''': ''(slams his paper holder pad onto the desk)'' You're all barmy! Mr. Brown... if I promise not to proceed with this report, will you do me a favour?
-->'''Mr. Brown''': Yes, what is it?
-->'''Police officer''': Get these crackpots out of here and promise to never bring them back even if they've commited murder!
26th Aug '16 2:26:52 PM Abodos
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Politically incorrect BritCom that ran between 1977 and 1979. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was outsourced abroad to great acclaim. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.

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Politically incorrect BritCom that ran between 1977 and 1979. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales outsourced abroad to great acclaim.acclaim]]. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.
21st Jun '16 5:03:46 AM ShadowPhoenix
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* PutOnABus: Zoltan in Season 2.

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* PutOnABus: Zoltan in Season 2.3.
18th Jan '16 2:54:57 AM Polisi25
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* CharacterDevelopment: All of them, but the most prominent would be Jameela, who at start of the show took 3 episodes for her to speak good evening, and became very proficient in speaking the language in the 3rd season.


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* EpicFail: Turns out that in Season 2, all of Mr Brown's students managed to fail the Lower Cambridge Certificate exam.


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* JapaneseRanguage: Subverted, it was Su-Lee (Chinese) who had this.


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* PutOnABus: Zoltan in Season 2.
22nd May '14 1:57:49 PM mlsmithca
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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila who'll probably be reading something about knitting.

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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila Jamila, who'll probably be reading something about knitting.knitting, and Anna, who seems to be the only student to take the class seriously.



-->'''Mr Brown''': After William the Conqueror came his son, William the Red-
-->'''Ali''': Oh blimey! You are having a communist king?!
-->'''Su-Lee''': ''(open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)''
-->'''Mr Brown''': What? Oh no, he was called "the Red" on account of his red hair.
-->'''Su-Lee''': ''(sullenly stops waving and sits down)''

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-->'''Mr Brown''': After William the Conqueror came his son, William the Red-
-->'''Ali''':
Red-\\
'''Ali''':
Oh blimey! You are having a communist king?!
-->'''Su-Lee''':
king?!\\
'''Su-Lee''':
''(open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)''
-->'''Mr
enthusiastically)''\\
'''Mr
Brown''': What? Oh no, he was called "the Red" on account of his red hair.
-->'''Su-Lee''':
hair.\\
'''Su-Lee''':
''(sullenly stops waving and sits down)''



-->'''Mr Brown''': ''(seeing Giovanni dressed up in typical Mafia getup, look of disgust)'' Are you representing ''Italy'' or the ''Mafia''?
-->'''Giovanni''': I REPRESENT '''SICILY'''!

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-->'''Mr Brown''': ''(seeing Giovanni dressed up in typical Mafia getup, look of disgust)'' Are you representing ''Italy'' or the ''Mafia''?
-->'''Giovanni''':
''Mafia''?\\
'''Giovanni''':
I REPRESENT '''SICILY'''!'''SICILY'''!
* DoorstopBaby: Jeremy reveals in the Series 1 episode "How's Your Father?" that he was left on the doorstep of an orphanage on Jeremy Street as a baby, and grew up never knowing who his parents were.



* FinalSeasonCasting: Many characters left before the fourth series, leaving Giovanni, Juan, Anna and Ranjeet as the only survivors of the original class (though Ingrid was brought back from season two.)

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* FinalSeasonCasting: Many characters left before the fourth series, series (among other things, Dino Shafeek (Ali) died of a heart attack in 1984), leaving Giovanni, Juan, Anna Anna, and Ranjeet as the only survivors of the original class (though Ingrid was brought back from season two.)two).
17th May '14 10:25:41 PM mlsmithca
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[[caption-width-right:257:NationalStereotypes, the group photo.[[note]] Back row (L-R): Gladys, Juan, Giovanni, Max; Middle row (L-R): Taro, Sid, Ali, Su-Lee, Ranjeet, Anna; Front row (L-R): Jamila, Miss Courtney, Jeremy, Danielle.[[/note]] ]]
9th May '14 8:51:24 PM mlsmithca
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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila who'll probably be reading something about knitting.

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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila who'll probably be reading something about knitting. knitting.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The opening credits feature cartoon versions of Jeremy, Miss Courtney, and the students. Jeremy writes the series title on the chalkboard, but is distracted by the arrival of Danielle, who causes various levels of distraction or disapproval (split down gender lines) in the other students as she walks past - until everyone notices a scowling Miss Courtney standing in the doorway. (In the second series, it is Ingrid who distracts the other students after pushing Danielle aside.)
9th May '14 11:12:24 AM mlsmithca
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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful - When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila who'll probably be reading something about knitting.
* BerserkButton - Miss Courtney's reaction when addressed as "Mrs"
* BritishAccents
* BrawnHilda - Anna has no problem beating the shit out of anyone who annoys her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint - A lot.

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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful - AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila who'll probably be reading something about knitting.
* BerserkButton - BerserkButton: Miss Courtney's reaction when addressed as "Mrs"
"Mrs".
* BritishAccents
* BrawnHilda -
BrawnHilda: Anna has no problem beating the shit out of anyone who annoys her.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint - ComicallyMissingThePoint: A lot.



* CatchPhrase - "Oh blimey!", "¿Por favor?", "Okey - cokey", "MISS Courtney!", "Jolly good!", "A thousand apologies."

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* CatchPhrase - CatchPhrase: Most of the characters had at least one, usually a {{Malapropism}} of some sort.
** Ali was fond of using the very British phrases
"Oh blimey!", blimey!" and "Jolly good!" in his bid to assimilate into English culture.
** Juan, whose English was among the more fragmentary in the class, would say
"¿Por favor?", "Okey - cokey", "MISS Courtney!", "Jolly good!", favor?" (Spanish for "Please?") whenever he had trouble understanding Mr. Brown. Zoltán had the similar "Bocsánat?" (Hungarian for "Pardon?") whenever he ran into a communication barrier.
** Giovanni's favourite term of agreement was "Okey-cokey" (confusing "Okey-dokey" with the hokey cokey dance (hokey pokey in the USA)).
** Ranjeet's preferred phrase when Mr. Brown corrected his mistakes was
"A thousand apologies.""
** Call the school's headmistress "Mrs.", and she would acidly insist, "MISS Courtney!"



* EverythingsSexierInFrench - Danielle.

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* EverythingsSexierInFrench - EverythingsSexierInFrench: Danielle.



* GermanicDepressives: Anna.

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* GermanicDepressives: Anna.Anna is very rarely seen smiling, in contrast to the more outgoing Danielle, Su-Lee, and Ingrid.



* ModernMinstrelsy

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* ModernMinstrelsyModernMinstrelsy: The classroom is packed with broad national stereotypes, mostly (but not exclusively) played by actors and actresses of the same ethnicity as their characters.



* NationalStereotypes: By the truckload.
* RunningGag: Ali saying 'squeeze me please', Ranjeet's thousand apologies and Taro putting -oh at the end of every word.
* StockBritishPhrases: Sid speaks in nothing but these.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Ingrid, replacing Danielle.

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* NationalStereotypes: By the truckload.
truckload. The German student is rigid and humourless, the French student is a would-be seductress, the Italian student is a hot-blooded skirt-chaser, the Chinese student is a devout Maoist, the Japanese student is a tech savvy camera salesman, the Punjabi and Pakistani students are constantly at each other's throats... and the English characters are sexually repressed and socially awkward.
* RunningGag: Ali saying 'squeeze me please', Ranjeet's thousand apologies and Taro putting -oh at the end of every word.
word.
* StockBritishPhrases: Sid speaks in nothing but these. \n* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Ingrid, replacing Danielle.



* WackyHomeroom - Oh yes.

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* WackyHomeroom - Oh yes.WackyHomeroom: National stereotypes though they may be, each of the students does have a distinct personality, and though they may like Mr. Brown, that doesn't mean they'll behave themselves during his lessons (Giovanni especially is fond of acting out).
1st May '14 10:54:34 AM mlsmithca
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-->'''Su-Lee''': (open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)
-->'''Mr Brown''': What? Oh no, he was killed "the Red" on account of his red hair.
-->'''Su-Lee''': (sullenly stops waving and sits down)
* CatchPhrase - "Oh blimey!", "¿Por favor?", "Okey - cokey", "MISS Courtney!", "Jolly good!", "A thousand apologies"

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-->'''Su-Lee''': (open ''(open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)
enthusiastically)''
-->'''Mr Brown''': What? Oh no, he was killed called "the Red" on account of his red hair.
-->'''Su-Lee''': (sullenly ''(sullenly stops waving and sits down)
down)''
* CatchPhrase - "Oh blimey!", "¿Por favor?", "Okey - cokey", "MISS Courtney!", "Jolly good!", "A thousand apologies"apologies."



-->'''Mr Brown''': (seeing Giovanni dressed up in typical Mafia getup, look of disgust) Are you representing ''Italy'' or the ''Mafia''?

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-->'''Mr Brown''': (seeing ''(seeing Giovanni dressed up in typical Mafia getup, look of disgust) disgust)'' Are you representing ''Italy'' or the ''Mafia''?



* EverythingsSexierInFrench - Danielle
* FanService: Danielle and later Ingrid

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* EverythingsSexierInFrench - Danielle
Danielle.
* FanService: Danielle and later IngridIngrid.



-->'''Mr Brown''': (Taking register) And you?

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-->'''Mr Brown''': (Taking register) ''(Taking register)'' And you?



* HilarityEnsues: Several episodes centred around the characters' brushes with the law through misunderstandings of English.

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* HilarityEnsues: Several episodes centred around the characters' brushes with the law through misunderstandings of English. In one case, the ''entire class'' managed to get themselves arrested separately while trying to complete assignments from Jeremy (Giovanni and Danielle interrupted a live television broadcast, Su-Lee and Taro got in a heated argument with an orator at Speaker's Corner, etc.).



* ThemeTuneCameo: During the school's talent night.
* WackyHomeroom - Oh yes.

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* ThemeTuneCameo: During the school's talent night.
night, Jeremy (dressed in a Union Jack coat) leads the students (dressed in the stereotypical costumes of their various home countries), as "Jeremy Brown's United Nations", in a chorus of the series' theme tune.
* WackyHomeroom - Oh yes.
16th Dec '13 7:44:05 AM JeddtheJedi
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* FanService - Danielle and later Ingrid
* FinalSeasonCasting - Many characters left before the fourth series, leaving Giovanni, Juan, Anna and Ranjeet as the only survivors of the original class (though Ingrid was brought back from season two.)

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* FanService - FanService: Danielle and later Ingrid
* FinalSeasonCasting - FinalSeasonCasting: Many characters left before the fourth series, leaving Giovanni, Juan, Anna and Ranjeet as the only survivors of the original class (though Ingrid was brought back from season two.)



* FunnyForeigner - Though mostly portrayed sympathetically.

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* FunnyForeigner - FunnyForeigner: Though mostly portrayed sympathetically.



* GermanicDepressives - Anna.
* GermanicEfficiency - Invoked and discussed.

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* GermanicDepressives - GermanicDepressives: Anna.
* GermanicEfficiency - GermanicEfficiency: Invoked and discussed.



* HilarityEnsues - Several episodes centred around the characters' brushes with the law through misunderstandings of English

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* HilarityEnsues - HilarityEnsues: Several episodes centred around the characters' brushes with the law through misunderstandings of EnglishEnglish.



* MyLocal - The characters were rarely seen outside of a school setting, but would often congregate in the college canteen.
* NationalStereotypes - By the truckload.
* RunningGag - Ali saying 'squeeze me please', Ranjeet's thousand apologies and Taro putting -oh at the end of every word.
* StockBritishPhrases - Sid speaks in nothing but these.
* ThemeTuneCameo - During the school's talent night.

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* MyLocal - MyLocal: The characters were rarely seen outside of a school setting, but would often congregate in the college canteen.
* NationalStereotypes - NationalStereotypes: By the truckload.
* RunningGag - RunningGag: Ali saying 'squeeze me please', Ranjeet's thousand apologies and Taro putting -oh at the end of every word.
* StockBritishPhrases - StockBritishPhrases: Sid speaks in nothing but these.
* ThemeTuneCameo - SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Ingrid, replacing Danielle.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
During the school's talent night.



* WimpFight - Both Giovanni and Maxmillian get into a fight in one episode where they basically skip around eachother with fists raised talking about how they're gonna hurt the other, but never once actually throw a punch. Lampshaded by Danielle.

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* WimpFight - WimpFight: Both Giovanni and Maxmillian get into a fight in one episode where they basically skip around eachother each other with fists raised talking about how they're gonna hurt the other, but never once actually throw a punch. Lampshaded by Danielle.



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