TV turn-off

13th April 2001 at 01:00
Jane Fallon, producer of the TV series Teachers, identifies three teacher stereotypes: the saint, the "lech" and the inspirational guru. That's a reasonable attack on previous offerings, but it's no great advance for her series to add a fourth: the amiable clown ("Why saintly teachers make dull television", TES, March 30).

Fallon argues that TV drama should deal with "real people... who lead rounded lives which do not begin and end in the staffroom". Absolutely, ut is that what Teachers gives us? Do we believe in this bright policewoman who stays alone at home every night in case Simon tires of marking and wants a bit of nooky?

Cops showed the pressures of police work, but also believable human beings. All we get from Teachers is a string of weak jokes, and support for the view that TV can't cope with this intense, varied and entertaining job.

Paul Francis

7 Swan Meadow

Much Wenlock, Shropshire


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