Teachers is a British television comedy-drama, originally shown on Channel 4. The series has many subtle as well as obvious jokes and follows a group of secondary school teachers as they show themselves to be just as immature as their students.
While the first series centres around "Simon Casey" (played by Andrew Lincoln), later series have a more balanced ensemble cast. The cast changes dramatically over time, with few original characters remaining in the fourth series. While some of these disappearances are explained, others happen between series without explanation.
The first three series are set in the fictional Summerdown Comprehensive, which merges with another school in the fourth series to form Wattkins School.
Teachers was nominated for six BAFTA awards between 2002 and 2004, and was nominated for Best British Comedy Show at the British Comedy Awards in 2003.
|Actor||Series||Character Name||Subject||Character Description|
|Andrew Lincoln||1-2, 3||Simon Casey||English||The focus of the first series. Regularly clashed with department head Bob over his laid back approach to teaching, and also with fellow English teacher Jenny, who he ended up having sex with, and eventually became friends with in the 2nd series. He was good friends with Brian and Kurt but his best friend was Susan. She helped him through most of his problems, and he expressed deep remorse for not being there for her in episode 6 of series 1. He becomes attracted to her in one episode of the 2nd series but the two still maintain their closeness. He left before the end of that series to apparently go travelling in South America. He returned briefly in series 3 where he acted as a supply teacher for 3 episodes, and it was revealed his travels didn't extend out of the UK. He did not return in the fourth series. The actor also directed some of the show's episodes.|
|Adrian Bower||1-3||Brian Steadman||Physical education, Geography||A PE teacher originally; later became a geography teacher. Chided for his Northerner accent and generally perceived to be a little dim-witted. Mysteriously killed off between the 3rd and 4th series, apparently in a car crash (Brian's car) which kills himself, Kurt and Matt. Lindsay, Penny and Bob later visit their graves in episode 1 of series 4. (Two characters looking like Kurt and Brian can be seen in the background of many episodes of Series 4.)|
|Navin Chowdhry||1-3||Kurt McKenna||Information technology||Dated the secretary Carol briefly. Generally more intelligent than Brian. Sometimes taunted for being of short stature. Quit smoking when he was trying to woo a parent, very desperate to have sex with anyone. Also killed off between the 3rd and 4th series, apparently in a car crash involving Matt. (Two characters looking like Kurt and Brian can be seen in the background of the staff room in many episodes of Series 4)|
|Raquel Cassidy||1-2||Susan Gately||Psychology||Separated from and later divorced husband Peter. She then moved in with fellow teacher, Jenny. Acts as the group's shrink, as she is the one they go to for advice. Has a nervous breakdown in the 1st series after taking on too much administrative work. Susan appeared to be good friends with everyone and even got on with many of her superiors. Her best friend was Simon, and she acted as his shrink most of the time. Many of the story lines in series 1 and 2 had something to do with their friendship, including one episode in series 2, where Simon became attracted to her. When Simon left in series 2, his last scene was with Susan, and he suggested she came with him. She declined but it became clear how close the two characters were. Disappears without explanation between seasons 2 and 3.|
|Nina Sosanya||1-2||Jenny Paige||English||The object of much discussion and desire amongst the male characters; Jenny had one night stands with both Brian and Simon (although Jenny was quick to suggest Susan seduce Brian, citing her experience with him as pleasant enough). Originally not involved with the main group but was integrated into the group during the first season. Promoted to Head of Year 11 at the end of that series, and had a notable relationship with educational psychologist Alec in series 2. Disappeared without explanation between seasons 2 and 3.|
|Tamzin Malleson||2-4||Penny Neville||English||Arrived as an NQT in series 2. With a reputation for making disastrous choices in men, she had a 10-month affair with Matt, and later a relationship with pupil Anthony Millington. Has false breasts, and regularly tries to manipulate her colleagues by crying in order to get herself out of trouble. She was initially very unpopular with her colleagues (especially Liz) although by the fourth series, Penny had become a much more integrated member of the group.|
|James Lance||2-3||Matt Harvey||English||Replaced Simon. Married with children, however had several extramarital affairs, including a 10 month relationship with Penny, and later a short lived affair with Lindsay. He attempts to deny his 'true' feelings for Lindsay (illustrated through his assertion that there is no love in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream). Also killed off between the 3rd and 4th series in a car crash.|
|Shaun Evans||2||John Paul (J.P.) Keating||Modern Foreign Languages||Specialises in French, and originally mistaken for a sixth former. The show's only main homosexual character. Extremely sociable with everyone. Disappears without explanation between seasons 2 and 3. Simon is also extremely jealous of him as he replaced Simon as the person who gets the most attention.|
|Vicky Hall||3-4||Lindsay Pearce||Biology||Extremely popular amongst the male members of the group, Lindsay in a sense replaced the void left by Susan. Lindsay also embarked on a brief affair with Matt after much sexual tension between the two, but as of series 4 it was revealed their relationship had ended, when Matt returned to his wife.|
|Lee Williams||4||Ewan Doherty||English||Head of English at Wattkins School. Mild-mannered, skirt chaser in the series. Feels sorry for Bob, who made him the subject of a hate campaign after losing his position to him when the two schools merged. Shares a flat with Damien and Ben, and may have saved Wattkins from closure by seducing the inspector. Usually this would be done by Clare, but unfortunately for her the inspector turned out to be a woman.|
|Daon Broni||4||Damien Waller||Food Technology||Normally sarcastic and un-impressed with the antics in the group. Likes to get Ben into slightly awkward situations from time to time. Had a crush on an inter teacher but did not really get pursued. Found out about Bob's mail-order bride and exposed the secret which led to his disgust against him. Named Bob as "fat bastard" in his mobile.|
|Mathew Horne||4||Ben Birkett||Religious Education||A hypochondriac. At one point thought that he would be dead after being foretold by a Ouija board as a child. Changed religion nearly twice a day at one point in an attempt to please all the gods of different religions.|
Every episode featured contemporary music, usually with clips of at least five songs (regularly including the bands The Dandy Warhols and Feeder), and the soundtrack to all four series has been released on CD by the Channel 4 shop. The theme tune is the solo section of The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian.