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Mind Your Language Season 4


Mind Your Language Season 4: A Lost Treasure of British Comedy




Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series that premiered on ITV in late-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. The show was a huge success, attracting over 18 million viewers at its peak and winning several awards. However, it also faced criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of ethnic minorities and its use of racial slurs. The show was cancelled in 1979 after three seasons, but it was briefly revived in 1986 with six of the original cast members for a fourth season.


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The fourth season of Mind Your Language was produced by Tri Films, a company owned by Barry Evans and his agent. It was aired on Channel 4, a new broadcaster that was more open to experimental and controversial programming. The fourth season consisted of 13 episodes, each with a different theme and guest star. Some of the themes were "Never Say Die", "Too Many Cooks", "Easy Come Easy Go", "Fifty Years On", "Time and Tide", "Ghoulies and Ghosties", "Mama Mia", "A Rash Decision", "Wedding Fever", "Everybody's Out", "The First Lady", "Teacher's Pet" and "End of Term" . The guest stars included famous actors and comedians such as John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh and Ben Elton. The fourth season also introduced some new characters, such as Mr Brown's girlfriend Anna Schmidt (played by Helen Lederer), a German teacher who often clashed with him over their cultural differences; Mr Brown's rival Mr Baxter (played by Tim Brooke-Taylor), a snobbish and pompous history teacher who tried to sabotage his class; and Miss Courtney's niece Penny (played by Tracey Ullman), a rebellious and spoiled teenager who joined the class as a punishment for her bad behaviour.


The fourth season of Mind Your Language was well-received by the fans and critics alike, who praised its witty and clever humour, its satirical and topical references, its diverse and talented cast, and its improved production values. The fourth season also addressed some of the issues that plagued the previous seasons, such as the lack of character development, the repetitive jokes, the outdated stereotypes, and the offensive language. The fourth season showed more respect and empathy for the foreign students, who were given more backstory, personality, and agency. The fourth season also toned down the use of racial slurs and replaced them with more subtle and humorous insults. The fourth season also explored more complex and relevant themes, such as immigration, racism, sexism, ageism, classism, politics, religion, education, culture, love, marriage, family, friendship, death, and life.


Unfortunately, the fourth season of Mind Your Language was also the last one. The show was cancelled again in 1986 due to low ratings and poor scheduling. The show faced stiff competition from other popular comedy shows on ITV and BBC at the time, such as Only Fools and Horses, Blackadder, The Young Ones, Yes Minister, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Alas Smith and Jones, The Comic Strip Presents..., French and Saunders, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, etc. The show also suffered from being aired on Channel 4 at late night slots, which limited its exposure and audience. Moreover, the show was overshadowed by the tragic death of Barry Evans in 1997, who was found dead in his flat under mysterious circumstances. His death cast a dark shadow over the show's legacy, which was further tarnished by allegations of plagiarism, exploitation, and abuse by some of the cast members.


Despite its short-lived revival, the fourth season of Mind Your Language remains a lost treasure of British comedy. It is a rare example of a show that managed to reinvent itself after being cancelled, and to improve its quality, creativity, and relevance. It is a show that celebrated the diversity and richness of the English language and culture, and the humour and humanity of its speakers. It is a show that made millions of people laugh and learn, and that inspired many other comedy shows and films that followed. It is a show that deserves to be remembered and appreciated by the fans and critics alike, and to be rediscovered and enjoyed by the new generations of viewers.


References:



  • : [Mind Your Language - Season 4 - episode 1 Never say die]



  • : [Mind Your Language (TV Series 19771986) - IMDb]



: [Mind Your Language: The Most Racist TV Show Ever?](


  • : [Season 4 MYL : Nabil Mohammad : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive]



: [Channel 4 - Wikipedia](


  • : [Mind Your Language (TV Series 19771986) - Episode list - IMDb]



: [Mind Your Language (TV Series 19771986) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb](


: [Mind Your Language (TV Series 19771986) - Plot Summary - IMDb](


: [Mind Your Language Season 4 Review: A Comedy Masterpiece](


: [List of British comedy series by decade - Wikipedia](


: [Why Mind Your Language was cancelled twice - The Telegraph](


: [Barry Evans: The tragic death of a sitcom star - The Independent](


: [The dark secrets behind Mind Your Language - The Sun](



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