Trivia / Mind Your Language

  • Actor-Shared Background: In "How's Your Father?" from Series 1, Jeremy Brown reveals that he was left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. Barry Evans, who played Jeremy, was also left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby, and never knew who his biological parents were.
  • The Danza: Jamila Ranjha was played by Jamila Massey.
  • Fake Nationality: Though most of cast comprised actors and actresses of the same ethnicity as their characters,note  there were exceptions.
    • Anna Schmidt, a German, was played by British actress Jacki Harding.
    • Ranjeet Singh, a Punjabi Sikh, and Ali Nadim, a Pakistani Muslim, were respectively played by Albert Moses, who is native to Sri Lanka (not only not part of India, but off the opposite end of India from the Punjab region), and Dino Shafeek, who was a Muslim but hailed from what is now Bangladesh.
    • The Japanese Taro Nagazumi was played by Robert Lee, who was of Chinese descent.
    • The Greek Max Papandrious was played by Kevork Malikyan, a Briton of Armenian descent.
    • Maria Papandrious, who replaced Max as a Greek representative for Series 4, was played by British actress Jenny Lee-Wright.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Season 4 was broadcast on Granada rather than London Weekend Television, and has never been released on DVD.
  • Old Shame: Mind Your Language was commissioned by Michael Grade not long after he was promoted to Director of Programmes at LWT in 1977; he was equally instrumental in axing the series in 1979, and acknowledged in an interview at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1985 that he agreed with the accusations of racism against the series, saying "it was really irresponsible of us to put it out."
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