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Mind Your Language

An emergency meeting of the United Nations - of laughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!“PLEASE, LET us have no racialism!” Cheery bah-bah-bah theme tune capped with animated big-heads-on-little-bodies was truly the only thing worth celebrating about this multi-nation mitherfest. As with LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR, supposed mass bigoted conspiracy dwarfed by the fact it just didn’t contain any decent gags. BARRY EVANS was your hapless evening class instructor, trying to unite one and all in the pursuit of a decent conjugation. Look away now: students included representatives from China (man with slit eyes), France (woman with striped jumper), Germany (man with temper), India (man with wobbly head), Japan (another man with slit eyes), Pakistan (man with sing-song voice), Spain (man with twirly moustache) and Sweden (woman with huge breasts).

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Martin M

    September 6, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Proof, along with Love Thy Neighbour, that it’s all about how funny a comedy show is, not how ‘PC’ or ‘non-PC’ it is.

  2. B B Beyer

    September 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Whaddya mean, no decent gags? I well remember the following priceless exchange, even after 30 years:

    Barry Evans character: “You do you know what a dialect is, don’t you?”

    Johnny Foreigner [the Italian one?]: “Sure! I’ve-a seen it on-a da telly! Doc-o-tor Who and the Dialects!”

  3. Arthur Nibble

    September 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

    If Francoise Pascal’s wearing a striped jumper in that picture, I’ll eat 50 hard boiled eggs in one sitting a la Cool Hand Luke!

  4. nugget

    January 25, 2010 at 7:36 am

    *SIGH* – you’d think the compiler of this website didn’t actually like british tv. Shows you how much you know about MYL – there was no ‘Chinese man’ in the cast, thought there was a chinese woman. I don’t remember TV Cream being this political. Have you gone through a revamp with different people?

  5. Adrian

    January 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Love Thy Neigbour & Mind Your Language: The terrible twins of 1970s ‘comedy’.

  6. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Memorably parodied in End Of Part One as ‘Mind Your Foreigners’!

  7. Applemask

    July 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm


    nugget:

    *SIGH* – you’d think the compiler of this website didn’t actually like british tv. Shows you how much you know about MYL – there was no ‘Chinese man’ in the cast, thought there was a chinese woman. I don’t remember TV Cream being this political. Have you gone through a revamp with different people?

    They’re quite clearly going out of their way not to be political, what with their insistence that the important thing is that it was a shit and awful rather than its subject matter per se. Which it was.

    • Applemask

      March 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Oh, and there was a Chinese man in the inexplicable 1986 revival. Called Fu Wong Chang.

  8. Joanne Gray

    February 19, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    The German character was in fact a woman – although she was stereotypically humourless and bossily efficient and robitic, even down to standing to attention and clicking her heels when asked a question in class.

  9. Droogie

    February 20, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Yes indeed. No German man in this show. Just a ruthlessly efficient lady with Germanic hair plaits. The Chinese person was a lady too – in uniform and always quoting from Chairman Mao’s little red book

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