The Likely Lads. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes).

The Likely Lads

BBC Two sitcom focusing on two lads. 20 episodes (3 series), 1964 - 1966. Stars James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Bartlett Mullins, Donald McKillop and others.

The Likely Lads. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes). Copyright: BBC.

The Likely Lads

Bob and Terry are two lads from the North East with contrasting desires and ambitions - except when it comes to chatting up girls

1964 - 1966
20   (3 series), plus 1 short special
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Bartlett Mullins, Donald McKillop, Sheila Fearn and Olive Milbourne
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Dick Clement
Dick Clement

Two deeply contrasting young working class men learn to cope with working and social life in the North-East.

Bob is ambitious: aspiring to a better life, a (wannabe) social climber and willing to work to attain his aspirations, but somewhat lacking in self-confidence. Terry, on the other hand, is up-front and assertive: deeply cynical and living in the here-and-now. Out for a good time, he wants nothing more than beer, lasses and football. Despite their differences the pair are near inseparable, through a series of hare-brained schemes, dates and adventures.

At 19 years-old theirs may be a world largely free of responsibility, but somewhere there's a nagging feeling that their youth won't last forever...

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The Likely Lads

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 16th December 1964 on BBC Two at 9:55pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 23rd July 1966 on BBC Two at 8:40pm
Last repeat
Saturday 25th February 2012 at 6:30am on Gold

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