The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Vyvyan (Adrian 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 Alexei Sayle.

Series 1, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold on Wednesday 15th July at 11:15pm.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Oil

Having moved to a new house by the Balowskis, Mike discovers oil in the basement whilst disposing of a body. In order to exploit this potentially lucrative source of wealth, Mike appoints himself dictator.


This episode features a guest performance from Radical Posture.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 16th November 1982
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rik Mayall Rick
Adrian Edmondson (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
Nigel Planer Neil
Christopher Ryan Mike
Alexei Sayle Balowski Family
Guest cast
Tony Allef Saudi
Robbie Coltrane Slobber
Barry Cookson 2nd Man on Raft
Mark Ezra Saudi King
Ronnie Golden Buddy Holly
Terry Medlicott Genie
Patrick Newell 1st Man on Raft
David Rhule Dancer
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Rik Mayall Writer
Lise Mayer Writer
Alexei Sayle Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Jackson Director
Paul Jackson Producer
Graham Hutchings Editor
Ed Wooden Editor
Graeme Story Production Designer
Peter Brewis Composer

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