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

The Likely Lads

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1964 - 1966
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Bob and Terry are two lads from the North East with contrasting desires and ambitions - except when it comes to chatting up girls. Stars James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Bartlett Mullins, Donald McKillop, Sheila Fearn and Olive Milbourne

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

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1964 - 1966
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
20 (3 series), plus 1 short special
Stars
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Bartlett Mullins, Donald McKillop, Sheila Fearn and Olive Milbourne
Writers
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Director
Dick Clement
Producer
Dick Clement
Companies

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...

Additional details

Part of

The Likely Lads

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Black and white

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 16th December 1964 at 9:55pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre

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