It will combine archive footage with revelations from many of the stars who were involved both in front of and behind the camera, and hear from comedians that followed in its wake to discuss how it influenced them and galvanised the British comedy scene.
McVey says: "I can think of no other sitcom that has had a larger influence on modern comedy than The Young Ones. And while watching it in glorious HD may not have the same illicit thrill as watching it on some dodgy VHS passed around the playground most fans of the show's eyesight isn't what it was so it's probably for the best. For true fans of the show may I suggest watching it with a youngster and enjoy the repetition of the phrase 'so that's where that comes from.'"
Executive producer John Quinn adds: "Terrifyingly, I am old enough to remember watching the first episode go out as a kid. I had no idea what it was, but the moment Rik Mayall launched into a poetic eulogy to Cliff and Vyvyan made his crashing entrance through the kitchen wall screaming 'I've been down the morgue - I got a leg!', I knew I would never look at comedy the same way again. It's a thing of sheer joy to be making this overdue tribute to a genuine game-changer."
Both programmes will be broadcast later in the Spring.
A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians.
Join Rick, Vyv, Neil and Mike in their crazy and surreal comedy adventures in this 25th anniversary box set, with each episode uncut and a selection of special features.
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