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The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson), Neil (Nigel Planer), Mike (Christopher Ryan), Rick (Rik Mayall). Copyright: BBC.

The Young Ones

BBC Two sitcom about four students. 12 episodes (2 series), 1982 - 1984. Stars Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan and others.

Series 2, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold today at 10:15pm.

The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Neil (Nigel Planer), Rick (Rik Mayall), Mike (Christopher Ryan), Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson). Copyright: BBC.

The Young Ones

Hippie Neil, nerdy Cliff Richard-obsessed Rick, psychopathic punk Vyvyan and smooth Mike share a squalid and collapsing student house together

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1982 - 1984
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
12   (2 series)
Starring
Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan and Alexei Sayle
Writers
Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer and Alexei Sayle
Director
Paul Jackson
Producer
Paul Jackson

The Young Ones are misfit, house-sharing students at Scumbag College - Neil the hippie, Rick the "right-on" leftist anarchist, Vyvyan Basterd the punk medical student, and Mike The-Cool-Person. Only Mike attracts any respect: Vyvyan and Rick loathe each other, and all three look down on Neil, who acts as the unappreciated mother of the house.

Their dysfunctional relationships with each other, lack of money, squalid surroundings, reluctance to attend any lectures and violent landlord Mr Balowski regularly combine to create anarchy in and around the house, even - or perhaps especially - when they're all deathly bored.

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