Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Although it was adapted into a half-hour NBC sitcom in 2006, Teachers debuted in 2001 as an irreverent, hour-long dramedy on Channel 4, one of the BBC's digital outlets. Andrew Lincoln, who ascended to stardom with BBC-2's mid-'90s drama This Life, leads the ensemble. He plays Simon, an overgrown kid who finds himself staring down a classroom full of teenagers when he chooses a career as an English teacher at a Bristol high school. Immature and conflicted, Simon strives to uncover a real vocation for education. Usually, though, he just ends up behaving irresponsibly toward his students and carousing with fellow teachers Brian (Adrian Bower) and Kurt (Navin Chowdhry). His only real role model is maths teacher Susan (Raquel Cassidy), who surveys his antics from an amused distance. Married and career-minded, yet still able to hang out with the lads, Susan is everything that Simon is not. So is Jenny (Nina Sosanya), a haughty fellow English teacher whose outspoken disapproval of Simon's shenanigans makes her the unexpected object of his embarrassed lust. Although Lincoln eventually left the series, which then shifted focus to other characters, Teachers became the first Channel 4 program to run for four consecutive seasons, from 2001 to 2004. Belle & Sebastian's "The Boy With the Arab Strap" served as its theme song.