Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Andrew Lincoln of "Teachers"

U.K. Series Teachers On BBC America

Americans had Boston Public, the U.K. has Teachers. Starring Andrew Lincoln (This Life, Love Actually), Teachers is a new eight-part drama about a group of high school teachers who have more in common with their students than they'd like to admit. They sneak into the restroom for a smoke, always have an excuse for why they’re late, and have their own cliques, bullies, and gossips. Teachers premieres Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

When Teachers begins, Simon (Andrew Lincoln) has just turned 27, and is no longer able to use his youth transit pass. He should be at a different stage in his life, but he hasn’t yet figured out what kind of adult he is going to be. He has the help of his three best friends, over-eager gym teacher Brian Steadman (Adrian Bower, Inspector Lynley), computer teacher Kurt McKenna (Navin Chowdhry, Dalziel and Pascoe), and psychology teacher Susan Gately (Raquel Cassidy, The Worst Week of My Life), who share pints, homes, and provide the occasional important alibi.

Simon still lives with his father, but when his dad comes home with a hot babe who has a four-year-old babe of her own, Simon is crowded out of his home. At work, Simon locks horns with Jenny (Nina Sosanya, Love Actually, The Jury), a stunning * and stunningly uptight * English teacher. In the classroom he is hassled by Jeremy, a student hungry to learn more. Even his love life is rife with problems. While Simon flaunts an anti-establishment pose with his students, he is secretly in love with police sergeant, Maggie (Zoe Telford, Second Sight).

Executive producer Jane Fallon (This Life) says, “This isn’t a series about the education system. This is a humorous look at about how being teachers can affect young adults. They aren’t that different from their pupils * smoking behind the bike sheds, making up ridiculous excuses, arguing with their parents, and being late for school. This is what teachers get up to when they have no desk to hide behind.”

Teachers was nominated for Best Drama series at the and Royal Television Society AwardsBest Drama at the Indie Awards. It is a Tiger Aspect production. The series producer is Tim Bradley, the director is Richard Dale, and the executive producer is Jane Fallon.

For more information www.bbcamerica.com

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