Network Distributing has announced the recovery and imminent DVD and Blu-ray availability of three classic sitcom episodes previously missing, believed wiped.
The distributor has acquired two editions of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais's landmark sitcom The Likely Lads, as well as one episode of Till Death Us Do Part. All three programmes are BBC productions, and will be released as extra features on new editions of their respective film spin-offs.
The Likely Lads, following northern friends Bob and Terry, was a huge success, running initially from 1964 to 1966, totalling 20 episodes and one short special over three series. A film adaptation was released in 1976, following an even more popular sequel series - Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? - in 1973 and 1974.
All three episodes will be released from later this month, on DVD and Blu-ray issues of the series' respective feature films. Both films have been fully restored and remastered to HD from their original film negatives. Neither film has ever been released on Blu-ray before.
The episodes were recovered as telerecording film prints, and have also been remastered in high definition to preserve as much detail as possible, in lieu of the missing master tapes.
Network also promise exclusive screening events, with details yet to be confirmed: "The discovery of any lost television series is an event to be celebrated... so we're making an event of it, with a public screening of the Likely Lads film and episodes, plus a very special guest Q&A with series writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais."
Here is a preview clip of The Likely Lads - A Star Is Born.
Another from Faraway Places:
And here is an excerpt from Till Death Us Do Part - Sex Before Marriage: