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Series cast summary:
Deryck Guyler ...  Norman Potter 55 episodes, 1968-1972
Noel Howlett ...  Mr. Cromwell 55 episodes, 1968-1972
Joan Sanderson ...  Doris Ewell 55 episodes, 1968-1972
Richard Davies Richard Davies ...  Mr. Price 55 episodes, 1968-1972
Erik Chitty ...  Mr. Smith 55 episodes, 1968-1972
Liz Gebhardt Liz Gebhardt ...  Maureen Bullock 37 episodes, 1968-1971
John Alderton ...  Bernard Hedges 36 episodes, 1968-1971
Peter Cleall Peter Cleall ...  Eric Duffy 36 episodes, 1968-1971
David Barry David Barry ...  Frankie Abbott 35 episodes, 1968-1971
Peter Denyer Peter Denyer ...  Dennis Dunstable 35 episodes, 1968-1971
Penny Spencer Penny Spencer ...  Sharon Eversleigh 34 episodes, 1968-1970
Malcolm McFee Malcolm McFee ...  Peter Craven 34 episodes, 1968-1970


A hapless but caring teacher tries to control his class of unruly kids. The teacher sees much good and potential in his pupils, much to the dismay of his fellow teachers who have lost hope in these kids. Written by Simon Bodger <simon@britnet.com>

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It's an education in comedy.









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11 November 1968 (UK) See more »

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Several of the actors playing the pupils of class 5C were (in some cases, very obviously) in their mid 20's when the series began, despite their characters being meant to be around 16. See more »


Followed by Bowler (1973) See more »

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Better Than Average School Comedy
25 November 2010 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

For the first three seasons, this show was very good. It is the story of an idealistic teacher played by John Alderton who becomes the teacher for the unruly students of class 5C. The students (some of whom looked older than their school ages) aren't bad kids, but they are from a working class background, kind of a rough upbringing. They are naturally not trusting of authority, and Alderton does a good job as the teacher that they actually, if not love, at least respect. There are other characters, like Norman (Deryck Guyler), who is the comic foil most often, the somewhat doddering Headmaster (Mr. Howlett) and the tough as nails Doris (Joan Sanderson), but the show is best when it revolves around 5C. After three seasons the kids of 5C were no longer in the series, neither was Alderton. The show went on for another season, but the momentum was lost. Not a laugh riot, it is better than most school comedies. Its more realistic than Welcome Back Kotter, which I like mostly for nostalgic reasons. I recommend this, you don't have to be British to like it. The movie of "Please Sir" is also recommended, it is fun.

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