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

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Series 1, Episode 5 - Chance Of A Lifetime

It's pouring with rain and the lads have been stood up so they drown their sorrows in a hotel bar. They get chatting to Ralph who is staying there and on a visit from Adelaide. He fills their heads with a dream life in Australia and encourages them to emigrate with a promise of a job...


Repeated on BBC 1 on Fri 2/4/65 at 8pm with 8.3 million viewers.

This episode no longer exists in the archives. It is missing, believed wiped.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th January 1965
25 minutes

Cast & crew

James Bolam Terry Collier
Rodney Bewes Bob Ferris
Bartlett Mullins Mr. Clough
Donald McKillop Jack
Sheila Fearn Audrey Collier
Guest cast
Richard Moore Blakey
Veronica Lang Cecile
Barry Linehan Wally Ralph
Garfield Morgan Jeffcock
Eric Smith Barman
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Dick Clement Director
Dick Clement Producer
Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer
Richard Hunt Production Designer

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