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Comedy for ELT - PC Savage

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Published on Oct 29, 2012

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One of the best ways to fight racism is to ridicule it. This fantastic clip does just that! In addition, it offers an excellent springboard for discussion about such issues as prejudice, institutional racism and issues of immigration, integration and tolerance. Oh -- it is also extremely funny! (and the fact that Rowan Atkinson is in it is an additional attraction for students!) Level C1 -- C2 Topic: Racism / Crime / The Police Taken from the BBC Series 'Not the Nine O'clock News' [NB: I do not own the copyright to this video clip. I have uploaded it here for educational purposes].

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C: Come in. Shut the door.
S: Yes, sir.
C: Now, then, Savage. I want to talk to you about some charges that you've been bringing lately. I think that perhaps you are being a little... overzealous.
S: Which charges do you mean sir?
C: Well, for instance, this one. «Loitering with intent to use a pedestrian crossing». Savage, maybe you're not aware of this, but it is not illegal to use a pedestrian crossing, neither is «smelling of foreign food»... an offense.
S: Are you sure, sir?
C: Also there is no law against «urinating in a public convenience», or «coughing without due care and attention».
S: If you say so, sir.
C: Yes, I do say so, Savage! Didn't they teach you anything at training school?
S: Sorry, sir.
C: Some of these cases are just plain stupid. «Looking at me in funny way». Is this some kind of joke, Savage?
S: No, sir!
C: And we have some more here. «Walking on the cracks in the pavement». «Walking in a loud shirt, in a built-up area, during the hours of darkness»... and «walking around with an offensive wife». In short, Savage, in the space of one month, you have brought 117 ridiculous, trumped up and ludicrous charges...
S: Yes, sir.
C: ... Against the same man!...
S: Yes, sir.
C: ... A Mr. Winston Koodogo, of 55 Mercer Road.
S: Yes, sir.
C: Sit down, Savage.
S: Yes, sir.
C: Savage, why do you keep arresting this man?
S: He's a villain, sir!
C: A villain?
S: And a jailbird, sir.
C: I know he's a jailbird, Savage! He's down in the cells now! We're holding him on a charge of «possession of curly black hair and thick lips»!
S: Well, well, there you are, sir!
C: You arrested him, Savage!
S: Thank you, sir!
C: Savage, would I be correct in assuming that Mr. Koodogo is a coloured gentleman?
S: Well, I can't say I 've ever known him, sir.
C: Stand up, Savage! Savage, you're a bigot! It's officers like you that give the police a bad name! The press'd love to jump on incidents like this and the reputation of our force can be permanently tarnished! Your whole time on duty is dominated by racial hatred and petty personal vendetas! Do you get some kind of perverted gratification from going around stirring up trouble?
S: Yes, sir!
C: There's no room for men like you in my force, Savage. I'm transferring you to the SPG.
S: Thank you very much, sir.
C: Now, get out!
S: Yes, sir.
C: Oh, and mind the...
S: Oh sir, is this your hedgehog sir?

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