Mind Your Language was compulsory viewing in the 70’s, on after World of Sport and before Play Your Cards Right on ITV.
To save me typing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_Your_Language
So, typical British humour, mocking the bl00dy foreigners. It’s what that Inselaffen do best. Nowadays the series is considered offensive and politically incorrect. Personally, as a wasp (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant), I find the programme pretty innocuous. Other wasps say on behalf of the “bl00dy foreigners” that it is offensive. Most BME (black and minority ethnic) people I know can speak up for themselves, thank you very much…
The biggest fans of the show that I have met are Kenyan and Indian. Maybe because they recognise the irony in the show, or the that everyone is the subject of ridicule, including the very “proper” teacher.
Now, I have an idea for a post-modern, 21st century version of Mind Your Language to reflect the UK’s mulit-ethnic, multi-cultural society.
Teacher: Mr Khan, a Londoner with a broad London accent, born and bred in Bethnal Green E2
- Jerzy, a Polish plumber
- Sanjay, an Indian IT worker
- Mehmet, a Turkish kebab shop worker
- Tatyana, a Russian stripper
- Ghiorghios, a Greek security guard
All moaning about the chavs…
Any thoughts, folks?