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.

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How creators convinced James Bolam to be Likely Lad

Sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads is one of the most iconic comedies of all time - now creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have revealed in a new book how they wrote it and why star James Bolam nearly did not want to do it.

Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, The Daily Express, 14th September 2019

The Likely Lads creators on the unearthed episodes

As two lost episodes of the comedy classic are found - and released on DVD - Mark Braxton catches up with Bob and Terry's creators, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 2nd April 2019

What did happen to the Likely Lads? Now we know

It is one of television's great mysteries and the sitcom writer Ian La Frenais finally has an answer.

The Times, 18th March 2019

Missing Likely Lads and Till Death Us Do Part recovered

Three missing sitcom episodes - two of The Likely Lads and one of Till Death Us Do Part - have been recovered and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray between January and March.

British Comedy Guide, 18th January 2019

The Top 10 British sitcoms of the 60s

We all have favourite sitcoms that we love to watch and revisit. Something about the familiarity of the format that resets itself to zero for the start of each new episode makes for comforting viewing.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 16th November 2018

Comedies crowd top 100 missing TV shows list

A list of the top 100 missing TV shows has been revealed, with comedies including The Liver Birds, Dad's Army, At Last The 1948 Show and The Frost Report making the list.

British Comedy Guide, 24th April 2018

The sitcoms we'd like to see come back on the TV

As some of our most classic comedies are revived for one-off specials - Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Are You Being Served? among them, our brilliant writers explain which sitcoms they'd like to see brought back and why...

Paul Routledge, Polly Hudson, Amber Graafland, Jessica Boulton, Dave Kidd, Sara Wallis and Mark Jefferies, The Mirror, 9th August 2016

The Likely Lads turns 50

Geordie sitcom The Likely Lads turns 50 next month. Ahead of the landmark, the show's creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have been speaking to the Express newspaper about the series' longevity, the failed 1996 revival of the sitcom, the long-time fued between stars Rodney Bewes and James Bolam and more.

Andrew Dipper, Giggle Beats, 27th November 2014

Likely Lads fall out: Bolam refuses to sanction repeats

Former co-stars' simmering 35-year feud boils over.

Jonathan Owen, The Independent, 14th February 2010