The BEST Episodes of Mind Your Language

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Network: ITV1

Set in a London College Of Further Education the series focused on the activities of the Evening Classes, in particular – English as a Foreign Language, as taught by Mr Jeremy Brown whose class was a motley crew of foreigners, most of who could barely speak English. The comedy comes from the students inability to grasp the basic command of English. This leads to misunderstanding of words and terms causing all manner of disagreements and cultural differences.

The First Lesson

#1 - The First Lesson

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 30, 1977

Jeremy Brown arrives at his new job teaching English at a night school to a mixed race of Adult students. He meets the school principal Miss Courtney who tells him she wanted a Lady teacher because of the trouble she had with the last Male teacher. Jeremy assures her she has nothing to worry about, she gives him the job on a one month trial basis. Jeremy meets his new students & is getting to know them when Miss Courtney checks to see if there are any attractive women in the class to cause a distraction. When she is satisfied & thinks everything will be o.k. In walks Danielle the vivacious French Au Paire. Danielle sits right up front & Max & Giovanni want to sit next to her. Jeremy tells them to return to their seats & begins the first lesson. Jeremy is trying to teach the class about Verbs & asks them in turn to repeat what is written on the blackboard. Ali & Ranjeet are exchanging insults & before long the class erupts into one big argument. Jeremy leaves & Miss Courtney as

star 8.43
143 votes
The Examination

#2 - The Examination

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 24, 1978

Ali,Giovanni & Max are in the pub. Ali is playing the poker machine & is sure he'll win soon.! He runs out of 10p coins & asks Jeremy who has just walked in if he has any coins. While Ali's back is turned, Ranjeet comes in,places 10p in the 'pokie' & wins the jackpot.! Jeremy tells them they should be studying for the upcoming exam not wasting time in the pub.! Jeremy is walking to the bar when a lady customer thinks he works there & gives him her order. Jeremy says he doesn't work there, He's a teacher. The lady thinks Jeremy has two jobs. He buys the drinks for the lady, her husband & himself. He forgets which one is his & takes a sip out of one. When Jeremy asks the lady for the money for the drinks, her husband refuses to pay because he saw Jeremy take a sip of one of them. The man insults Jeremy, Jeremy insults him back & pours the drink on the mans head & leaves. Later, Jeremy is telling the class about the exam when Miss Courtney wants him to meet the examiner. Jerem

star 8.24
25 votes
An Inspector Calls

#3 - An Inspector Calls

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 6, 1978

Miss Courtney tells Jeremy to expect a new student from Africa. An Inspector from the board of education calls to see Miss Courtney & drops in on Jeremy's class without warning to observe how he gives the lesson. Jeremy welcomes the inspector Roger Kenyon into the class believing that he is the new African student Miss Courtney told him about. During a tea break Jeremy goes to see Miss Courtney & tells him there's an Inspector in the building. Jeremy tells her not to worry, He'll sort it out. Back in class Jeremy calls the attendance roll & tells the class what he thinks about Inspectors & their old fashioned ways. Mr Kenyon is listening to what Jeremy is saying, when Miss Courtney walks in to the room & sees Mr Kenyon sitting in the back row. She apologises to him for Jeremy's remarks & tells Jeremy that Mr Kenyon is the school inspector. Later when the Inspector's wife comes looking for him, Jeremy mistakes her for the new African student & makes another embarrasing mi

star 8.18
98 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
Just the Job

#4 - Just the Job

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 1979

Jeremy is teaching the Students the art of conversation, when Sid enters & tells Jeremy a Mr English wants to see him. Mr English offers Jeremy a job for more money & Jeremy decides to take the Job. He tells Miss Courtney he's leaving & says good-bye to the class. Next day Jeremy arrives at his new job & Mr English asks him why he is there.? Jeremy tells him about the Job & Mr English tells him the other teacher wasn't leaving after all so they can't use him. Jeremy goes to see Miss Courtney to ask for his old job back but the position has been filled. The class don't like the new teacher & pretend to be dumb. Jeremy gets a phone call from Miss Courtney asking if he wants his old job back, it seems the class managed to scare away the new teacher. a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 8.17
24 votes
A Fate Worse Than Death

#5 - A Fate Worse Than Death

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 13, 1978

Danielle needs help with her homework, she asks Max to help her when Giovanni walks into the room with the answers to the homework which he will sell to them for only 10p each.! Ali arrives late from his new job as a travelling salesman & proceeds to sell his wares (ties,socks,scarves,gloves etc.)in the classroom. Jeremy tells him to sell his merchandise in his own time. Ranjeet arrives late also with an explanation, He's getting married to Surinder whom he was betrothed to when he was 12 years old. Only problem is Surinder has changed since then & Ranjeet would rather die than marry her.! Surinder arrives & wants to see Ranjeet, Ranjeet hides & asks Jeremy to tell her he's not there. At tea break time the students sneak Ranjeet to the cafeteria, soon Surinder goes there too & thinks she sees her betrothed hiding behind the curtain. Ranjeet has left his shoes & climbed out the window. He climbs back in through Miss Courtney's window & bumps into Surinder in the Hall. Jeremy tells S

star 8.16
85 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
Repent at Leisure

#6 - Repent at Leisure

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 1, 1979

Miss Courtney gives Jeremy a cassette recorder to help his students with their elocution. In turn they all speak into the recorder & then Jeremy plays it back for them to listen to. Anna arrives late & soon bursts into tears. It seems her visa is expiring & she will be sent back to Germany. Max & Giovanni invite Jeremy to the pub after class, get him drunk & next day tell him that he proposed to Anna so she can stay in England. Jeremy tells Anna he can't marry her & she tells him not to worry,because she is from West Germany & is therefore part of the common market & can stay. However her friend Eva from East Germany who's visa is expiring needs to marry an Englishman so she can stay. Eva comes into the class room & starts to chase Jeremy around the room.! a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 8.15
20 votes
Who Loves ya Baby?

#7 - Who Loves ya Baby?

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 1979

Giovanni & the boys are doing their homework together in the canteen before class. Danielle comes into the room pushing a baby in a pram.! She is minding the baby for her employers & couldn't leave it home alone. Danielle asks Gladys to mind the baby while she attends class. Jeremy has a cross word puzzle on the black board & asks the class to solve it. Sid comes in & tells Danielle the baby is missing.! Miss Courtney finds the baby alone in the canteen while Gladys was in the Ladies toilet. Miss Courtney asks Jeremy to mind the baby in her office while she asks the class whose baby it is, Danielle tells her the baby belongs to the couple she is Au Pair to. The baby cries & Jeremy goes to get a chocolate bar from the vending machine in the hall, Gladys walks in , finds the baby and takes him with her. When Jeremy returns he thinks the baby has crawled out of the open window and onto the ledge.! He climbs onto the ledge looking for the baby & Miss Courtney returns, sees the

star 8.13
30 votes
After Three

#8 - After Three

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 25, 1978

The time has come for the Annual College Concert, What kind of a performance will the English class give.?

star 8.12
25 votes
The School Fete

#9 - The School Fete

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 8, 1979

Miss Courtney wants a celebrity to open the school fete. Max says he knows Arthur Mullard personally & Miss Courtney asks Max if Mr Mullard would open the fete for them. Max doesn't really know Arthur Mullard he was bragging. After class He & Giovanni are at the Pub when Sid drops in for a pint. Max asks him to ring Miss Courtney,appologise to her & say he can't open the fete after all. When Miss Courtney says there will be a small cash payment,Sid thanks her & will see her at the fete. A man sitting at the bar looks like Arthur Mullard & Max tells him so, it turns out he really is Arthur Mullard & Max asks him if he would open the fete. He agrees and Max is out of trouble. a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 8.10
21 votes
Guilty or not Guilty?

#10 - Guilty or not Guilty?

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 24, 1979

Jeremy sets the class a task to go out in pairs on a field trip and report back to him with the results of their outing. Jeremy is called to defend the class in court when they've each been arrested for disturbing the peace in some form or another. Jeremy is surprised to see that the Magistrate is Miss Courtney. In Pairs the class give their explanations as to what lead them to being arrested. Two by two they are exonerated due to missunderstandings or ignorance. However Jeremy is warned not to front the bench again or he'll be in serious trouble.! Jeremy tells Miss Courtney that it won't happen again & leaves the courtroom. While walking to his car a Policeman writes him a ticket for an expired road tax sticker.! a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 8.08
24 votes
What a Tangled Web

#11 - What a Tangled Web

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 15, 1979

Miss Courtney gives the class an oral exam, but after a few minutes gives up in exasperation. Ali has a problem at home & tells Jeremy about it. He says his wife is never home lately. Jeremy follows Ali's wife (Rehana) to Ranjeet's place, he thinks she's having an affair. Jeremy has a talk with Rehana asking her indirectly if she's having an affair. Rehana missunderstands & thinks Ali is the one having the affair.! Rehana was meeting with Ranjeet to plan a party after class for Ali for being a good Husband. Now when Ali & Jeremy walk in to the classroom, Ali is confronted by his wife with an accusation. Rehana tells him Jeremy told her he had a girlfriend. Jeremy tells her she's missunderstood him & ducks as she throws the cake at him. Before long the food is flying across the room & several people get hit in the face with cake. a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 8.05
19 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
No Flowers by Request

#12 - No Flowers by Request

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 10, 1979

Juan is having stomach pains before class & his classmates tell him he should see a Doctor. While answering a question he doubles over in pain & Jeremy sends for Mrs Foster the school nurse. Mrs Foster suspects it is his appendix and they rush him to Hospital. Later Juan comes back and he is allright, when they ask him what happened to Jeremy he tells them Jeremy fell and is in the Hospital with a broken leg. Miss Courtney takes over the class & during a tea break Juan rings the hospital to see how Jeremy is doing. The Nurse confuses John Brown with Jeremy Brown & tells Juan that Mr Brown passed away not long ago. Next morning Sid & Miss Courtney are wearing black arm bands and are standing in the hall when Jeremy comes up in the elevator in a wheelchair. They are startled when they see him & say we thought you were dead. The class are attending Mr Brown's funeral when Sid and Jeremy (still in a wheelchair)arrive. The students are happy to see him & Sid lets go of the ch

star 8.03
30 votes
All Through the Night

#13 - All Through the Night

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 20, 1978

Max & Giovanni meet Sid the Janitor in the cafeteria. Sid teaches them some cockney rhyming slang. Jeremy comes in with a bag full of groceries for that evenings lesson & they walk to the classroom together. Jeremy wants the class to identify the items he's holding up & then asks if everyone completed the homework he gave them the night before. When no one has completed it he tells them they'll have to finish it before he lets them go home. Sid is locking up the school for the night thinking everyone has gone home. He locks Jeremy's classroom door & then goes to the pub for a drink. When Jeremy realises they're locked in and asks if anybody will miss them & come looking for them the class says no. So to pass the time he suggests the students tell jokes, Juan tells a joke in spanish & no one understands. When Sid is leaving the pub,his friend Charlie sees the light on in the classroom & everyone waving. Sid has to get Miss Courtney out of bed to Investigate. After the

star 8.02
82 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
Kill or Cure

#14 - Kill or Cure

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 24, 1978

Poor Jeremy is sick with the flu,so his class decide to pay him a visit hoping to cheer him up.

star 8.00
36 votes
The Best Things in Life

#15 - The Best Things in Life

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 27, 1978

Ali thinks he has won the football pools. He says he has eight score draws. Jeremy looks at his ticket & sees his eight score draws are not on the same line, so he hasn't won anything.! Jeremy has the class role playing real life situations, e.g. going to the Doctor, or going to the post office to post a letter or opening a bank account. Miss Courtney interupts the class to tell Jeremy that he's needed at the police station. Jamilla's been arrested for shoplifting.! Jeremy and Ali arrive at the police station & Ali talks to Jamilla to find out what happened. It seems Jamilla misunderstood 'free trial' and took the goods & left the store. Jeremy insists that the Sergeant look at his drivers licence & a five pound note falls out as the officer looks at the licence. Jeremy assures the Sergeant he wasn't trying to bribe him & donates the 'fiver' to the police charity collection box. The Sergeant lets Jamilla go,realising the misunderstanding and Jamilla takes Jeremy & Ali ba

star 7.90
79 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
I Belong to Glasgow

#16 - I Belong to Glasgow

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 1979

Miss Courtney informs Jeremy that,Zoltan has gone back to Hungary. While in her office A Sheik arrives & wants to enrol his Scottish chauffer in an english class. Miss Courtney tells the Sheik they don't accept mid term enrolments. The Sheik offers Miss Courtney 2,000 pounds & Miss Courtney accepts. Jock (the chauffer) tells the class he's from Glasgow & the only one who understands him is Jeremy. Jeremy tries to improve Jock's diction. before long Jock has insulted everyone in the class & a near riot ensues. After a tea break Miss Courtney takes over Jeremy's class, while Jeremy is teaching the Sheik how to speak Scottish.!! a BIG thank you to LB who made this synopsis possible.

star 7.89
37 votes
Come Back All is Forgiven

#17 - Come Back All is Forgiven

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 3, 1978

It's Jeremy's Birthday & the class greets him singing Happy Birthday to you. Then they give him their gifts one at a time. Danielle gives the gift only she could give, Max & the other boys each give Jeremy an identical pen. Then it's on with the lesson, Today it's Vowel sounds. Miss Courtney says she wants to see Jeremy in her office, She tells him that she has found a female teacher to replace him. She reminds him that he was on a months trial & could have been replaced at any time. Jeremy is very annoyed & leaves straight away. He breaks the news to the class & goes home. Miss Courtney takes over until Miss Hardacre can come in to finish the lesson. The class decides to adopt a policy of non co-operation. When Miss Hardacre arrives and attempts to call the roll, no one answers. Miss Courtney has a meeting with Miss Hardacre & realises that she may have made a big mistake. Miss Hardacre has a few things to say about how Miss Courtney is running the school. The class

star 7.82
50 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
How's Your Father

#18 - How's Your Father

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 17, 1978

Could it be that Sid the Janitor is Jeremy's father.??

star 7.76
25 votes
Don't Forget the Driver

#19 - Don't Forget the Driver

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 1978

A road trip is planned for the class, but nothing goes according to plan.

star 7.76
25 votes
Never say Die

#20 - Never say Die

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 1986

star 7.75
8 votes
All Present if not Correct

#21 - All Present if not Correct

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 1978

Jeremy starts the new term wondering how many different students he'll have this time. He enters the classroom & meets Zoltan from Hungary who speaks very little English. Then he meets Ingrid from Sweden. One by one his students from last term arrive and Jeremy is very dissapointed, He feels he's failed by not teaching them anything. He also says there'll be twice as much homework this term. At tea break time, Zoltan wants Jeremy to help him write a love letter to his girlfriend. Jeremy does so & Zoltan is thanking him when Miss Courtney walks in to tell Jeremy she's not happy with his results from last term. She tells him she'll be watching him. Sid is in the cafeteria reading the paper.He tells Jeremy about the premium bonds winning number (1FF23232) Jeremy tells him that's his number, Jeremy has won 50,000 pounds.! Jeremy writes a nasty letter to Miss Courtney & wants Ali to deliver it. He mixes it up with the love letter he wrote for Zoltan & gives Zoltan the nasty one. J

star 7.73
26 votes
Better to Have Loved and Lost

#22 - Better to Have Loved and Lost

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 17, 1978

Jeremy asks the class how they spent their weekend. Danielle says her new boyfriend was doing something naughty with her on the motorway and the police made him stop.! (he was speeding.!) Jeremy asks the others in turn & is interupted by Ali & Su Lee who announce they are getting married. The class congratulates them & Ali invites them all to the wedding. One week later,it's the day before the wedding. Gladys asks Miss Courtney if she's going, but she says no. Giovanni & Max invite the boys & the Groom to the Pub after class, Gladys tells Jeremy Miss Courtney wants to see him in her office. When Jeremy goes to see her she introduces him to Ali's wife.! Jeremy has a talk to Ali in Miss Courtney's ofice. He tells him he cannot have two wives. Ali says his religion says he can. Jeremy tells him English law forbids it. Ali tells him he & his wife have tried to have a baby for 4 years, and his religion states that if it's o.k. with the first wife,he can find a second wife. Je

star 7.68
37 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Vince Powell
Hello Sailor

#23 - Hello Sailor

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 3, 1978

Juan brings his new friend Boris, a Russian sailor to class with him. He asks Boris to wait in the canteen until after the lesson. Jeremy asks the class for words begining with the letters A, B, C etc. When Juan comes in late he apologises & takes his seat. Meanwhile Miss Courtney has found Boris & asks Gladys to tell Jeremy she wants to see him in the canteen. Juan & Jeremy go to the canteen to see Miss Courtney & Juan tells them Boris has fallen in love with a British girl & wants to stay in the U.K. Jeremy,Juan & Boris return to class & Jeremy introduces Boris to the students, telling them that Boris wants to defect to the west. Then he continues with the lesson until Gladys interupts to tell Jeremy that Miss Courtney wants to see him in her office. Jeremy is introduced to Captain Ivan Ivanovich. He tells Jeremy that Boris has to come back to the ship with him & return to Russia. After they leave the lesson continues again, until it's interupted by Capt. Ivanovich. Now h

star 7.64
28 votes
The Cheating Game

#24 - The Cheating Game

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 10, 1978

Miss Courtney tells Jeremy to prepare the class for their upcoming exam. Jeremy is not encouraged by their answers to his questions. He advises them to study the questions for a mock exam he is giving them after tea break. Giovanni & Max have a plan to pass the exam & make Jeremy happy with their progress, He's going to steal the answers. Jeremy meets Miss Courtney in the corridor and she tells him if the class doesn't pass she'll end the course at once.! Jeremy tells Gladys his problem, Gladys suggests he leave the answers on the desk where the students can find them. Jeremy leaves the answers on the desk & goes to the canteen, Giovanni & Max find the answers & copy them. Miss Courtney tells Jeremy she'll give the class the exam & he can wait outside. One by one the students ask for a toilet break & take their books with them. Miss Courtney collects the books to mark them & Jeremy gives her back the answer sheet. She realises that the answers are from last years test,

star 7.63
41 votes
Take your Partners

#25 - Take your Partners

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1978

Jeremy is talked into buying two tickets to the Ladies Circle Dance.

star 7.57
30 votes