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Encyclopedia > The Young Ones (TV series)
The Young Ones

The opening caption from series one
Format Comedy (sitcom)
Created by Rik Mayall
Lise Mayer
Ben Elton
Additional material from Alexei Sayle
Starring Adrian Edmondson
Rik Mayall
Nigel Planer
Christopher Ryan
Alexei Sayle
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 35 minutes (approximate)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original run November 9, 1982June 19, 1984

The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, which aired on BBC2. Its anarchic, offbeat humour helped bring alternative comedy to television in the 1980s and made household names of its writers and performers. Soon after, it was shown on MTV in its early days, being one of the first non-music television shows to appear on the fledgling channel. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links The_Young_Ones_Screenshot. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Born 29 November 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... Christopher Ryan is an English actor who trained at East 15 Acting School in London. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... Anarchy (from Greek: anarchía, no authority) has a popular meaning of disorder[1]. However it has a more precise meaning in political philosophy to describe any human society which exists without a state. ... In popular music back beat is a percussion style or technique used in common time (4/4) where a strong rhythmic accent is sounded on the second and fourth beats of the bar, the backbeats, most often from striking a snare drum. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


The programme revolved around four undergraduate students sharing a house: violent punk rocker Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), pompous anarchist Rick (Rik Mayall), long-suffering hippie Neil (Nigel Planer), and the mysterious and diminutive Mike (Christopher Ryan). It also featured Alexei Sayle, who played the quartet's landlord, Mr. Balowski, and other members of the Balowski family. In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. ... Anarchy (from Greek: anarchía, no authority) has a popular meaning of disorder[1]. However it has a more precise meaning in political philosophy to describe any human society which exists without a state. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Singer of a modern Hippie movement in Russia The hippie subculture was a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread around the world. ... Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... Christopher Ryan is an English actor who trained at East 15 Acting School in London. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... A landlord, is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called the tenant. ...


The show combined a traditional sitcom style with violent slapstick, non sequitur plot-turns and surrealism. These older styles were mixed with the working and lower-middle class attitudes of the growing 1980s alternative comedy boom, in which all the principal performers except Ryan had been involved. For other uses, see Slapstick (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Max Ernst. ...


Although the series was set in North London, many of the external scenes were filmed in Bristol. All four characters attended the fictional Scumbag College, although they were never seen attending the institution and were rarely seen studying. North London is that part of London which is north of the River Thames. ... This article is about the English city. ...


The show was voted #31 in the BBC's Best Sitcom poll in 2004. Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...

Contents

History

The series originated on London's comedy club circuit during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Most of the cast gained popularity performing at The Comedy Store in London. Alexei Sayle was the most prominent act, drawing attention as the manic, aggressive compere of the club. Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall worked as the double act 20th Century Coyote (which later became The Dangerous Brothers). Nigel Planer was in a double act with Peter Richardson called "The Outer Limits." This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Comedy Store is a comedy club located in Soho, London, England that was opened in 1979 by Peter Rosengard. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... 20th Century Coyote was a comedy group famous for first uniting Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. ... The Dangerous Brothers was an early stage and TV act by anarchic comedy duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, performing respectively as Richard Dangerous and Sir (or occasionally Lady) Adrian Dangerous. They appeared in a number of brief sketches in the 1980s TV programme Saturday Live. ... Peter Richardson born 15 October 1951 in Devon, Britain, is a British actor, comedian, director, and writer. ...


As The Comedy Store became popular, Sayle, 20th Century Coyote and The Outer Limits, with French and Saunders and Arnold Brown, set up their own comedy club called The Comic Strip in a nearby Soho[clarify] strip club. The Comic Strip became one of the most popular comedy venues in London, and came to the attention of Jeremy Isaacs of Channel 4. Peter Richardson then negotiated a deal for six self-contained half-hour films, using the group as comedy actors rather than stand-up performers. French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show starring and written by comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and is also the name by which they are known on the rare occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. ... Arnold Brown is a droll Scottish comedian, one of the main figures in the alternative comedy scene of the early 1980s. ... The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians, best known collectively for their television series The Comic Strip Presents. ... Cast-iron architecture in Greene Street SoHo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Sir Jeremy Isaacs (b. ... This article is about the British television station. ...


The first of this series, The Comic Strip Presents..., aired on Channel 4 on November 2, 1982. In response, the BBC began negotiations with Edmondson, Mayall, Richardson, Planer and Sayle to star in a sitcom in a similar style. Paul Jackson was installed as producer. This article is about the British comedy group; for the published art form, see comic strip. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Paul Jackson (sometimes credited as K. Paul Jackson) is a British television producer. ...


The series was written by Mayall with his girlfriend Lise Mayer, and with Ben Elton (who had attended Manchester University with Mayall and Edmondson). Richardson was originally set to play Mike, but clashed with Jackson. He was replaced by Christopher Ryan, the only member of the group not a stand-up comedian. According to some sources, Elton was willing to play Mike but was ruled out because he lacked acting experience[citation needed]. Born 29 November 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. ... University of Manchester Motto: Cognitio Sapientia Hvmanitas Knowledge, wisdom, humanity. ...


Synopsis

The Young Ones; Left to right: Jerzei Balowski (Alexei Sayle), Neil (Nigel Planer), Rick (Rik Mayall), Mike (Christopher Ryan) & Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson)

The series revolved around the squalid shared house where the students lived during their time at Scumbag College. It can be classified as a comedy of manners. [1] {fair use} This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... [1] {fair use} This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Christopher Ryan is an English actor who trained at East 15 Acting School in London. ... Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. ... The comedy of manners satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young. ...


When it was first broadcast, the show gained attention for its violent slapstick. Though new to mainstream audiences, Mayall and Edmondson had been using it in 20th Century Coyote for some time. The show also featured surreal elements, such as puppets playing the part of talking animals or objects. Confusion was added with lengthy cutaways to scenarios not involved in the main plot. For other uses, see Slapstick (disambiguation). ... 20th Century Coyote was a comedy group famous for first uniting Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. ... WPA poster by Kenneth Whitley, 1939 The talking animal or speaking animal term, in general, refers to any form of animal which can talk or conduct speech. ...


Episodes in the second series sometimes included "flash frames" lasting only a fraction of a second (three frames, equivalent to 1/8 of a second), but these were edited out of some repeats. These were included as a mockery of the British and American public's fear of subliminal messages in television and music. Unlike the 'original' flash frames, which lasted only one frame, these were long enough to be noticeable without being identifiable as to what they were. The images included the end caption of Carry On Cowboy, a rusty dripping tap, a leaping frog, a dove in flight, a skier, and a hand making pottery. A subliminal message is a signal or message embedded in another object, designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. ... Carry On Cowboy is the eleventh in the Carry On series of films. ...


The episodes ran to 35 minutes, and many episodes were cut when repeated on the BBC or satellite channels. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ...


In the United States, The Young Ones ran on PBS, MTV and, several years later, on Comedy Central. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ...


Music

The series' theme song featured the cast singing the Cliff Richard song "The Young Ones". Throughout the series there were many references to Richard, as Mayall's character was a fan. Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ...


The theme that played over the end credits was written by Peter Brewis, who also created the incidental music on many of the episodes. Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ...


In 1984, after the second season, Planer (in character as Neil) reached No. 2 in the UK charts with a version of Traffic's "Hole In My Shoe". The accompanying "Neil's Heavy Concept Album", a loose collection of songs and spoken comedy, included appearances by Young Ones alumni Dawn French and Stephen Fry. Traffic was a rock band from Birmingham, England, formed in late 1966 by Steve Winwood with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. ... Hole In My Shoe is a song by Traffic which as a single release reached #2 in the UK charts in 1967. ... Neils Heavy Concept Album is a 1984 recording of songs and spoken comedy routines by British actor Nigel Planer, in character as the long-suffering hippie Neil from the BBC comedy series The Young Ones. ...


In 1986, the cast sang "Living Doll" with Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin for Comic Relief. The song, a reworking of his 1959 hit, reached the top of the UK Charts. Living Doll is a popular song by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. ... Brian Robson Rankin (born 28 October 1941), better known by the stage name Hank B. Marvin, is the English lead guitarist for the band The Shadows. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...


Most episodes had a musical guest performing in the house or street. By including the groups, the show qualified as variety rather than light entertainment with the BBC and was allocated a bigger budget than a sitcom. This helped introduce several British bands to American viewers, such as Dexys Midnight Runners, Motörhead, and Madness. The latter appeared in two episodes; they were under consideration for a Monkees-style show at the time[citation needed]. A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... Light entertainment is a term used to describe a broad range of usually televisual performances. ... Too-Rye-Ay (1982) Dexys Midnight Runners – the name consistently spelled without an apostrophe [1] – were a British New Wave and Northern Soul band, who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. ... This article is about the band. ... Madness are an English pop/ska band from Camden Town, London that formed in 1976. ... The Monkees in 1968 (left to right): Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones The Monkees were a four-person band who appeared in an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ...


Some of these performances were omitted from Region 1 (North American) DVD release for copyright reasons. Some musical acts were also edited out for similar reasons on some satellite reruns. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ...

Young Ones theme excerpt Image File history File links Young_Ones_theme_excerpt. ...

The opening theme music to The Young Ones

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Characters

Neil Pye

Played by Nigel Planer, Neil Pye, the hippie, is a clinically depressed, suicidal pacifist, vegetarian and environmentalist working towards a Peace Studies degree. He is victimised by other housemates (especially Rick and Vyvyan) and forced to do the housework, including shopping, cleaning and cooking. He is never acknowledged for it unless it goes wrong. Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... Singer of a modern Hippie movement in Russia The hippie subculture was a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread around the world. ... On the Threshold of Eternity. ... Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes or gaining advantage. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ...


Neil is pessimistic and believes everyone and everything hates him, a belief which is mostly true, though he does have some friends, two hippies, one also named Neil and one named Warlock. He dislikes technology (except for videos) and speaks out for Vegetable Rights and Peace. He is a chronic insomniac, believing that "sleep gives you cancer". Pessimism, generally, describes a belief that things are bad, and tend to become worse; or that looks to the eventual triumph of evil over good; it contrasts with optimism, the contrary belief in the goodness and betterment of things generally. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ...


Neil wants the others to feel sorry for him, or even just to acknowledge his presence. His attention-seeking antics range from repeatedly banging himself on the head with a frying pan to attempting suicide. He claims that "the most interesting thing that ever happens to me is sneezing". This is because whenever he sneezes, it causes a large explosion. “Skillet” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... A sneeze is the semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the nose. ...


In the second series his parents (who appear in the episode "Sick") are revealed to be upper middle class. They are conservative Tories who look down on Neil for starring in such a disreputable comedy series. Sick was the eleventh episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Vacations to destinations such as Hawaii, shown above, may be seen as a hallmark of the Upper-middle class. ... For other uses, see Tory (disambiguation). ...


Rick

Played by Rik Mayall, Rick is a self-proclaimed anarchist who is studying sociology and/or domestic sciences (depending on the episode). Rick writes poetry and calls himself "The People's Poet". Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... Sociology (from Latin: socius, companion; and the suffix -ology, the study of, from Greek λόγος, lógos, knowledge [1]) is the systematic and scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social action, and culture[2]. Areas studied in sociology can range from the analysis of brief contacts between anonymous...


Rick is a hypocritical, tantrum-throwing attention-seeker who loves Cliff Richard. Rick tries to impress the others with his non-existent wit, talent and humour. He verbally insults (and often physically assaults) Neil at every opportunity. He fights and bickers with Vyvyan and often attempts to impress Mike. Hypocrisy is the act of pretending to have beliefs, virtues and feelings that one does not truly possess. ... A tantrum is an emotional outburst wherein higher brain functions are unable to stop the emotional expression of the lower (emotional and physical) brain functions. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Rick is portrayed as unlikeable and so self-absorbed that he believes he is the "most popular member of the flat" even though his housemates hate him (Vyvyan describes Rick's name as being spelled "with a silent P"). Despite the fact that the other members dislike and disregard Rick, at one point he is heard to say that they "really are terrific friends".


Believing himself to be the 'People's Poet' or the "spokesperson for a generation", Rick often greatly exaggerates or lies about his political activism and class background and is exposed in the final episode "Summer Holiday", when it is suggested he comes from an upper class, Conservative background. Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... Summer Holiday was the twelfth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Upper class refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ...


While he perceives himself as an anarchist, he is actually very fond of ideals produced by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky and states his interests in them in several episodes. However, he claims to have a dislike of Margaret Thatcher, as is noted by his efforts to threaten her with a bomb in the eponymously named episode "Bomb". This is also noticed in "The Young Ones Book", first published by Sphere Books, wherein negative references are made to both Thatcher and The Conservative Party. Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... Lenin redirects here. ... Leon Trotsky (Russian:  , Lev Davidovich Trotsky, also transliterated Leo, Lyev, Trotskii, Trotski, Trotskij, Trockij and Trotzky) (November 7 [O.S. October 26] 1879 – August 21, 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronstein (), was a Ukrainian-born Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and to date only woman to hold either post. ... For other uses, see Bomb (disambiguation). ... Sphere Books, a British paperback-publisher from 1961 to 1990. ...

NEVER FORGET. CAPTAIN PARANOIA IS A *******. AND HE VOTES CONSERVATIVE. -from "The Young Ones Book" Captain Paranoia article.

Vyvyan Basterd

Played by Adrian Edmondson, Vyvyan is an orange-haired, mohawked punk rocker and medical student. He is extremely violent and regularly attacks Neil and Rick with pieces of wood, cricket bats and other large objects. He never harms Mike, who he respects. He despises Rick more than he does Neil, taking every opportunity to insult and attack him. For example, when Rick, Mike and Neil meet his mother at a bar in the episode "Boring", he calls both Neil and Mike his friends, but not Rick, who he refers to as "a complete bastard". Rick and Vyvyan spend by far more time with each other than the other two housemates, and constantly strive to achieve an edge over the other. Adrian Charles Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director and writer. ... The famous Mohawk leader Joseph Brant wearing a scalp lock. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For the chemical substances known as medicines, see medication. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Boring was the third episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ...


Vyvyan owns a yellow Ford Anglia, with red flames painted along the sides, and a Glaswegian hamster named Special Patrol Group ("SPG" for short) which he is very fond of, although SPG is also frequently subjected to Vyvyan's extreme violence. His mother is a barmaid and former shoplifter who before "Boring" had not seen Vyvyan in ten years and has no idea who his father is. The Ford Anglia was a British car from Ford in the UK. It was related to the Ford Prefect and the later Ford Popular. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


Vyvyan displays feats of inhuman strength on occasion (moving entire walls with his bare hands, lifting Neil above his head in a fight with Rick, biting through a brick and even being decapitated and re-attaching his own head), and eats just about anything; televisions, dead rats, cornflakes, or caviar with ketchup. This article is about the condiment. ...


Despite being a homicidal maniac, Vyvyan seems quite sociable and creative; In one episode ("Flood"), he has developed his own potion to transform a person into an axe-wielding maniac. He has more friends than the others but apparently "he doesn't like any of them". He frequently causes havoc or damage such as wiring the doorbell to a bomb and adding a 289 CID Ford V-8 engine to the vacuum cleaner which proceeds to suck up the carpet, the floorboards and a friend of Neil's (the vacuum also prompted one of the few clashes between Vyvyan and Mike; when Mike admonished Vyv not to use it anymore, Vyv replied by calling him a "poof"). Vyvyan also appears to be the only member of the group with a driver's licence. Homicide (Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of killing another human being. ... A potion (from Latin potio, potionis, meaning beverage, potion, poison) is a drinkable medicine or poison. ... For other uses, see Bomb (disambiguation). ... Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ...


Mike TheCoolPerson

Played by Christopher Ryan, Mike was the odd-one-out of the four. He is the assumed leader of the group, despite his diminutive size, and does not involve himself in the battles between the other three. He makes puns, which are either deliberately cheap or humorous but over-celebrated. Christopher Ryan is an English actor who trained at East 15 Acting School in London. ...


He frequently utters confusing, profound-sounding phrases which baffle the others (for example, when asked by Rick if he stole his apple, Mike replies "Well, if you're gonna sin you might as well be original."). Mike is supposedly the ladies' man of the bunch and brags about his prowess with women, although he is eventually forced to admit his virginity to the others in "Nasty". Though he is a virgin, as are the rest of the housemates, he makes every attempt at wooing the fair sex, being quite forward and unsuccessful. Virgin redirects here. ... Nasty was the ninth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ...


A con artist, he always has some kind of plan to make quick money such as renting out Rick's bedroom as a roller disco and soliciting bids for the unexploded atom bomb that fell into the house. Mike attends Scumbag College only nominally as he has blackmailed his tutor and the Dean of the school for grants and apparently passing grades. In "Summer Holiday" he muses "I think I'll ask for one of those Ph.D.s next year". A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... A roller disco is a disco where all the participants wear roller skates or roller blades. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ...


While Mike often does things at the expense or detriment of his housemates, he rarely expresses the sort of open hostility that the others do, and seems to cause them trouble only when it benefits him, rather than out of sadistic joy. He has, however, managed to nail his own legs to a table, and knocked Neil out during a game of cricket, albeit unintentionally.


Balowski Family

Throughout the two series, Alexei Sayle routinely appeared as many different characters, interjecting his own material into the programme in ways that emulated his stand up comedy routines. His main role was that of the flat's landlord Jerzy (Jeremy) Balowski, which was the only character he reprised, appearing in "Demolition", "Flood" and "Summer Holiday". The rest of the time, he was billed as playing various male members of "The Balowski Family", including nephew Alexei Balowski (a protest singer), son Reggie Balowski (an international arms dealer), brother Billy Balowski (a lunatic who believed he was a taxi driver), cousin Tommy Balowski (a drunk), escaped convict Brian Damage Balowski, and a medieval jester "Jester Balowski" (with Helen Lederer as his sidekick). Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... Demolition was the pilot episode for British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Flood was the sixth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Summer Holiday was the twelfth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... For other uses of Jester, see Jester (disambiguation). ... Helen Lederer (born Llandovery, Wales, September 24, 1954) is a British comedian, writer and actress who emerged as part of the alternative comedy boom at the beginning of the 1980s. ...


In the second series, Sayle's characters also included a train driver, a Mussolini look-alike (by day the head of the local police force, by night an entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest), "Harry the Bastard" (manager of the local video store, disguised as a South African vampire), and a military recruitment officer. For other uses, see Train (disambiguation). ... Benito Mussolini created a fascist state through the use of propaganda, total control of the media and disassembly of the working democratic government. ... Eurovision redirects here. ...


In-house relations

Mike is the natural "leader" of the house. Always trying to make himself appear more important and exciting than he really is, he does appear to have done some of the things he claims to have done (such as getting Bambi the "Babycham" commercial in "Bambi"). He experiences little hostility from the other members of the house. If there is any "fruitful" or amicable relationship in the house it is between Mike and Vyvyan. Vyvyan accepts Mike's role as the house leader whereas Mike needs Vyvyan's physique and willingness to act forcibly to enforce his own authority. Babycham is the trade name of a light, sparkling perry invented by Francis Showering, a brewer in Shepton Mallet in Somerset, England. ...


Neil is not particularly liked by anybody, although he is the only one who performs any kind of household chores and is therefore needed by the other three.


Rick is the least liked of the four. Rick thinks very highly of himself. He tells poor jokes and stories (but finds them hilarious himself), is a would-be anarchist (although deep-down he is quite conservative) and frequently acts like a child when he doesn't get his way. He generally vents his frustration (when trying to impress the others) on Neil, since Neil never sticks up for himself and is ignored by the others. The majority of his anger is generated in endless battles with Vyvyan, which he invariably loses.


They can also be seen as a family; Mike is the father, Neil the mother (as he says himself, "My function 'round here, I might as well be your mothers",) Vyvyan the son and Rick the daughter (particularly shown in the episode "Nasty"). It is also possible to see the four characters as representatives of four decades: Mike the 1950s Fonzie-style ladykiller; Neil the 1960s hippy; Vyvyan the 1970s punk; and Rick the 1980s sociology student. Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli (also known as The Fonz or simply Fonzie) is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). ...


Finale

In the final episode, the four students steal a red AEC Routemaster, only to drive it over a cliff, exploding into flames at the bottom of a quarry. Summer Holiday was the twelfth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... First London AEC Routemaster, RML 2473 (JJD 473D), on route 7 approaching Ladbroke Grove tube station in April 2002. ...


After the series

The end of the series was not the last appearance of The Young Ones. For the British charity television appeal Comic Relief, the four recorded a song and video for Cliff Richard's "Living Doll", accompanied by Richard and Shadows guitarist Hank B. Marvin. Alexei Sayle was not involved, but had already achieved chart success in 1984 with "'Ullo John, Gotta New Motor?". Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... Living Doll is a popular song by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. ... The Shadows were an English instrumental rock n roll group active from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... Hank B. Marvin (born Brian Rankin, October 28, 1941, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is the lead member of guitar group The Shadows. ...


At the 1986 Comic Relief stage show they did the song live (following a short skit which involved Rick doing a comic song about showing his underwear and bodily parts, before being ejected from the group by Mike, and Vyvyan supposedly having backstage sex with Kate Bush with Neil as his contraceptive). The skit climaxed with Neil claiming Cliff Richard could not perform with them and John Craven had been booked as a replacement, only for Cliff Richard himself to appear on stage. Kate Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. ... John Craven OBE (born in Leeds, England on 16 August 1941) is a BBC television presenter and former news anchor, best known for his pioneering work in the field of childrens news programmes. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ...


Mayall, Planer and Edmondson reunited in 1986 for the Elton-written Filthy Rich & Catflap. The series had many of the same characteristics as The Young Ones as did Mayall and Edmondson's next sitcom Bottom. Ryan, for his part, was regularly recruited to play roles on associated series (such as Happy Families, Bottom and Absolutely Fabulous). Filthy Rich & Catflap was a BBC sitcom produced in 1986 and broadcast early the next year. ... Bottom was a British sitcom (aka britcom) of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. ... Happy Families was a rural comedy drama written by Ben Elton which appeared on the BBC in 1985 and told the story of the dysfunctional Fuddle family. ... Bottom was a British sitcom (aka britcom) of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. ... Absolutely Fabulous is a British sitcom written by and starring Jennifer Saunders and co-starring Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks. ...


DVD releases have been somewhat basic: only the U.S. edition featured documentaries and no extra footage was included. Musical references proved difficult to clear so "The Sound of Silence" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues" were excised from the U.S. editions. A "bloopers" tape made for the amusement of cast and crew has, according to a BBC employee, gone missing from the BBC archives[citation needed]. A new DVD release of all episodes is due for release in October 2007 which will contain new documentaries and a reunion of the original cast.[1] . The Sound of Silence is the song that propelled the 1960s folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel to popularity. ... Subterranean Homesick Blues is a song written by Bob Dylan originally released on the album Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. ...


In 1986 MTV bought half the episodes to run on their cable systems during 1987.


A pilot episode was filmed of an American version of The Young Ones. Very little about this episode is known, apart from the fact that Nigel Planer was the only cast member of the original series to reprise his role. Robert Llewellyn wrote in his book The Man In The Rubber Mask (1994): "The Young Ones was taken over the Atlantic in the mid eighties, and Nigel [Planer] was the only member of the British cast to go. He had experienced a fairly hideous time, worried sick that he was going to have to stay there for six years with a group of people he hated who managed to make The Young Ones into a sort of grubby Benny Hill Show. He was hugely relieved when the pilot was a flop and he was released from his contract." Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ...


Links to other series

In Bambi, the housemates appeared on University Challenge, where they played against Footlights College, Oxbridge, a reference to Footlights drama club at Cambridge University. The Footlights College team was played by show writer Ben Elton and three actors who were once members of the real Cambridge Footlights: Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and Stephen Fry, the last of whom had actually appeared on the quiz show while at Cambridge. The episode title is a reference to the show's presenter, Bamber Gascoigne, impersonated by Griff Rhys-Jones. Bambi was the seventh episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show, licensed and produced by Granada Television. ... Oxbridge is a name used to refer to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the two oldest in the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world. ... The ADC Theatre is the home of the Footlights. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. ... Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born June 11, 1959) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and musician. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker, journalist and television personality. ... Bamber Gascoigne (born 1935) is a British television presenter and author. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 6 November 1953) is the comedy partner and foil of Mel Smith. ...


Mayall and Edmondson elaborated on some of the series' concepts later in their sitcoms Filthy Rich & Catflap (written by Elton, with additional material by Mayall) and Bottom (written by Mayall and Edmondson). Filthy Rich & Catflap was a BBC sitcom produced in 1986 and broadcast early the next year. ... Bottom was a British sitcom (aka britcom) of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. ...


Most of the regular cast (and several of the guests) also appeared in Channel 4 and BBC2's comedy films, The Comic Strip Presents. All four main actors have since gained reputations as dramatic, as well as comic, actors. This article is about the British television station. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... This article is about the British comedy group; for the published art form, see comic strip. ...


Guests

Guest appearances

  • Keith Allen - as Pestilence in Interesting
  • Mark Arden - as policeman #1 in Boring; as cornflakes box dad in Bomb; as gatecrasher #1 in Interesting; as gravedigger #1 and police victim #1 in Flood; as headless ghost #1 in Cash; as spy #1 in Nasty; as manure deliverer #1 in Sick
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths - as Orgo the devil in Boring
  • Helen Atkinson-Wood - as the woman in the painkiller advert in Nasty
  • Nicholas Ball - as Rick's lecturer in Interesting
  • Gary Beadle - as the DJ's servant in Time
  • Chris Barrie - as the ship captain in the wall-poster in Nasty
  • Paul Bradley - as the pilot in Demolition; as Warlock in Interesting and Cash
  • Arnold Brown - as the criminal waiting to be cast in the pit in Flood; the chess player in Nasty
  • Robbie Coltrane - as the doorman in Oil; as Dr Carlisle in Bambi; as the one-eyed pirate DJ in Time
  • Ron Cook - as a convict on the wall-poster in Nasty
  • Andy de la Tour - as the co-pilot in Demolition; as a convict on the wall-poster in Nasty; as the road safety announcer in Cash
  • Ben Elton - as the TV presenter in Demolition; as the blind DJ in Flood; as Mr Kendall Mintcake in Bambi; as the campaigning schoolboy in Sick; as the drinker in the lager advert in Summer Holiday
  • Alan Freeman - as God in Cash and Summer Holiday
  • Dawn French - as the religious visitor in Interesting; as the devil in the painkiller advert in Nasty; as the Easter bunny in Time
  • Stephen Frost - as policeman #2 in Boring; as gatecrasher #2 in Interesting; as gravedigger #2 and police victim #2 in Flood; as headless ghost #2 in Cash; as spy #2 in Nasty; as manure deliverer #2 in Sick; as the bank manager in Summer Holiday
  • Stephen Fry - as Lord Snot in Bambi
  • Gareth Hale - as medieval guard #1 in Flood; as gravedigger #1 in Nasty; as yokel #1 in Time
  • Lenny Henry - as the postman in Summer Holiday
  • Jools Holland - as the punk in the bank in Summer Holiday
  • Terry Jones - as the vicar in Nasty
  • Hugh Laurie - as Lord Monty in Bambi
  • Helen Lederer - as Gwendolyn the jester's assistant in Time; as the repetitive bank teller in Summer Holiday
  • Norman Lovett - as the penny arcade owner in Summer Holiday
  • Pauline Melville - as a bus passenger in Demolition; as Vyvyan's mother in Boring and Sick; as a witch in Sick
  • Paul Merton (under his real name of Paul Martin) - as yokel #3 in Time
  • Norman Pace - as medieval guard #2 in Flood; as gravedigger #2 in Nasty; as yokel #2 in Time
  • Daniel Peacock - as the stabbed man in Nasty
  • David Rappaport - as Ftumch[sic] the devil in Boring; as Shirley in Flood
  • Tony Robinson - as Dr Not The Nine O'Clock News in Bambi
  • Griff Rhys-Jones - as Bambi in Bambi
  • Jennifer Saunders - as Sue the party guest in Interesting; as Helen Mucus the murderess in Time
  • Mel Smith - as the commissionaire in Bambi
  • Emma Thompson - as Miss Money-Sterling in Bambi

Keith Philip George Allen (born 2 June 1953) is a Welsh comedian, actor, singer and writer. ... Mark Arden (born July 31, 1956) is a British comedian and actor, best known for being one half of comic double act The Oblivion Boys with Stephen Frost. ... Helen Atkinson-Wood (born 14 March 1955 in Cheadle Hulme) is an English actress and comedian. ... Nicholas Ball (born 11 April 1946) is a British actor. ... Gary as Paul (EastEnders) Gary Beadle is a British actor, best known for playing Paul Trueman in EastEnders and Gary Barwick in Operation Good Guys. ... Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf, and as Gordon Brittas in popular BBC1 sitcom The Brittas Empire. ... Paul during his time in EastEnders. ... Arnold Brown is a droll Scottish comedian, one of the main figures in the alternative comedy scene of the early 1980s. ... For the jazz saxophonist, see Ravi Coltrane. ... Ron Cook (born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom) is a British actor, who has been active in the theatre, film and television since the 1970s. ... Andy de la Tour, brother to Frances de la Tour, is a British actor and screenwriter. ... Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. ... Alan Fluff Freeman CBE (born July 6, 1927, Melbourne, Australia, died 27 November 2006 London, England) was a well-known disc jockey and radio personality in the United Kingdom. ... Dawn Roma French[1] (born 11 October 1957) is a BAFTA Award-nominated British comedian and actress best known for starring in her comedy sketch show French & Saunders along with her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders, and for playing the lead role in The Vicar of Dibley as Geraldine Granger. ... Stephen Frost (born December 28, 1955) is a British comedian perhaps most famous for his work in the 1980s with Mark Arden as part of the double act The Oblivion Boys on Saturday Live. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker, journalist and television personality. ... Gareth Hale (left) and Norman Pace Hale and Pace are a British Comedy duo who have starred in several TV sketch series. ... Lenworth George Henry CBE, BA (Hons) English Literature (born 29 August 1958), better known as that black guy on the telly whos married to the fat one, is an English writer, comedian and actor. ... Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born June 11, 1959) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and musician. ... Helen Lederer (born Llandovery, Wales, September 24, 1954) is a British comedian, writer and actress who emerged as part of the alternative comedy boom at the beginning of the 1980s. ... Norman Lovett (born October 31, 1946) is a British stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf during the first, second, seventh and eighth series. ... Pauline Melville (Born 1948) is a Guyanese-born writer and actress. ... Paul Merton (born Paul Martin 9 July 1957[1]) is an English actor, deadpan comedian and writer, who is best known as a panellist on the BBC TV show Have I Got News for You and Radio 4s Just a Minute, as well as Channel 4s Whose Line... Gareth Hale (left) and Norman Pace Hale and Pace are a British Comedy duo who have starred in several TV sketch series. ... Daniel Peacock is a British actor, writer and director best known for his work with the team of The Comic Strip Presents. ... David Rappaport David Stephen Rappaport (November 23, 1951 – May 2, 1990) was a British actor, probably one of the best known dwarf actors in television and film, standing at 3 11. Rappaport was born to a Jewish family in London, and soon developed talents in both music and theatre. ... Tony Robinson (born 15 August 1946) is an English actor, broadcaster and political campaigner, known for playing the part of Baldrick in the BBC TV series Blackadder and for hosting a number of shows on Channel 4, the most noteworthy being Time Team. ... Griff Rhys Jones (born 6 November 1953) is the comedy partner and foil of Mel Smith. ... Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958[1] in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is a BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning English comedian, writer and actress. ... Mel Smith Mel Smith is an English actor, film director, writer, producer born in London on December 3, 1952) He attended New College, Oxford. ... Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ...

Musical guests

No musical act appeared on the episode Flood; instead, a lion tamer performed an act in Mike's bedroom to fit the criteria for a variety budget. Vyvyan refers to him at the end as 'Bobby' but the character did not receive a credit. Amazulu was a British ska and new wave band from the 1980s. ... Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. ... Derek Griffiths (born Woking, July 15, 1946) was a star of numerous childrens television programmes in the 1960s to 1980s. ... Chris Difford (born Christopher Henry Difford, on 4 November 1954, in Greenwich, London) is a singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Rowland Rivron (born 1958) is a comedian, musician, writer and a successful British television presenter. ... Subterranean Homesick Blues is a song written by Bob Dylan originally released on the album Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. ... This article is about the music group. ... Too-Rye-Ay (1983) Dexys Midnight Runners - the name consistently spelled without an apostrophe [1] - were a British New Wave and Northern Soul band, who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. ... Jackie Wilson Said (Im in Heaven When You Smile) is the opening tune on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrisons 1972 album, Saint Dominics Preview. ... Madness are an English pop/ska band from Camden Town, London that formed in 1976. ... House of Fun is a song by British ska/pop group Madness, credited to Mike Barson and Lee Thompson. ... Audio sample Our House is a single by English ska/pop band Madness, from their UK album The Rise & Fall and their US compilation Madness. ... This article is about the band. ... Alternate cover Christmas picture sleeve edition For the 1988 live single, see Ace of Spades (live) Ace of Spades is a song by the heavy metal band Motörhead. ... A blues band based in the United Kingdom and enjoying a cult following throughout Europe and most popular in the period 1980-1981. ... Otway at Glastonbury Festival, 2002. ... Dr. Martens is a brand of shoe, often known as Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs. They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole, dubbed Bouncing Soles, developed by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Rip Rig & Panic was a post-punk band, founded in 1981. ... Neneh Cherry performing live in Vienna (ca. ... 19th century etching of a lion tamer Lion taming is the practice of taming lions, either for protection, whereby the practice was probably created, or, more commonly, entertainment, particularly in the circus. ...


Episode list

Series 1 (Originally broadcast 9 November-14 December 1982 on BBC2; shown on Tuesdays at 9 pm) is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...

  1. "Demolition" - The boys get a letter from the council telling them their squalid house will be demolished.
  2. "Oil" - Upon moving into a new house, Vyvyan announces that he has struck oil in the cellar.
  3. "Boring" - The boys attempt to fight off boredom whilst several very exciting things go unnoticed around them.
  4. "Bomb" - An unexploded atomic bomb falls through the boys' roof and blocks the refrigerator, but worse, the TV Licence man calls.
  5. "Interesting" - The flat hosts a party that gets out of hand.
  6. "Flood" - During heavy rains, London floods and the boys are trapped in the house with a homicidal, axe-wielding Mr. Balowski.

Series 2 (Originally broadcast 8 May-19 June 1984 on BBC2; shown Tuesdays at 9 pm) Demolition was the pilot episode for British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Oil was the second episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Boring was the third episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Bomb was the fourth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ... Interesting was the fifth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Flood was the sixth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Flooding in Amphoe Sena, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

  1. "Bambi" - The boys go to the launderette and compete against Footlights College, Oxbridge in University Challenge.
  2. "Cash" - Cash-strapped, Neil is forced (by his flatmates) to join the police force.
  3. "Nasty" - A strange package from South Africa interferes with plans to watch a video nasty on a rented VCR.
  4. "Time" - Rick wakes up in bed next to a beautiful girl, and the house passes through a time warp.
  5. "Sick" - While ill, the boys must deal with an escaped criminal and worse, Neil's parents.
  6. "Summer Holiday" - Summer is here and the lads finally get their results.

Bambi was the seventh episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show, licensed and produced by Granada Television. ... Cash was the eighth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Nasty was the ninth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Video nasty was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that originally applied to a number of films distributed on video cassette that were criticised for their violent content by elements in the press and commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... Time was the tenth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Sick was the eleventh episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ... Summer Holiday was the twelfth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. ...

References

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