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Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

Colour sequel to the hit 1960s sitcom, The Likely Lads. Terry returns from the army to discover his friend Bob is now engaged and looking to better himself

AKA:
WHTTLL?
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1973 - 1974  (BBC One)
Episodes:
27 (2 series)
Starring:
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn, Bill Owen, Anita Carey, Joan Hickson, Olive Millbourne, Norman Mitchell, Lorna Wilde, Elizabeth Lax
Writers:
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

It's been over 5 years since the little mishap that left Terry in the Army and Bob discharged with flat feet in The Likely Lads.

Terry, now back in civilian life, returns to Newcastle to find that everything has changed - not least his friend Bob who is now engaged to be married and upwardly mobile in more ways than one.

There is no love lost between Terry and Bob's fiancee, Thelma, so reinvigorating their friendship will prove difficult at the best of times. It's not long before Bob is having doubts that the last person he needs in his life, right now, is Terry.

Our Review: A welcome return of a series that had gained its following on BBC 2 in the 1960s. The updated duo were more comical than ever, with Terry going through a life crisis and Bob seeking to better himself. The writers created a first series based around the impending marriage of Bob and Thelma and Terry's readjustment to civilian life, but Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais somewhat struggled to serialise the second series. It was inevitable that the final special would signal the end, but the writers left a legacy of work that is difficult to surpass.