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

The Young Ones

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 1982 - 1984
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Hippy Neil, nerdy Cliff Richard-obsessed Rick, psychopathic punk Vyvyan and smooth Mike share a squalid and collapsing student house together. Stars Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan and Alexei Sayle

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 12th January 2012 12:05am Gold
Friday 12th October 2012 10:55pm Gold
Saturday 13th October 2012 1:55am Gold
Wednesday 13th March 2013 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 22nd March 2014 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 23rd March 2014 1:55am Gold
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 11:50pm Gold
Thursday 3rd April 2014 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 29th April 2014 2:20am Gold
Friday 11th July 2014 12:20am Gold
Monday 20th October 2014 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 21st October 2014 2:55am Gold
Tuesday 24th March 2015 11:20pm Gold
Wednesday 25th March 2015 1:45am Gold
Sunday 17th July 2016 12:25am Gold
Saturday 6th August 2016 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 10th August 2016 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 10th August 2016 2:50am Gold
Saturday 10th September 2016 10:20pm Gold
Saturday 24th June 2017 11:35pm Gold
Wednesday 5th July 2017 11:35pm Gold
Thursday 24th May 2018 1:00am Gold
Thursday 24th May 2018 10:40pm Gold
Friday 1st June 2018 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 2nd June 2018 2:40am Gold
Monday 6th August 2018 11:25pm Gold
Tuesday 7th August 2018 2:10am Gold
Saturday 9th March 2019 3:25am Gold
Saturday 9th March 2019 11:35pm Gold
Tuesday 30th June 2020 10:35pm Gold
Wednesday 1st July 2020 1:40am Gold
Sunday 11th October 2020 1:35am Gold
Monday 11th October 2021 11:40pm Gold
Tuesday 8th November 2022 9:00pm BBC4
Friday 18th November 2022 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 19th November 2022 3:00am Gold
Tuesday 14th March 2023 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 15th March 2023 1:05am Gold
Sunday 5th November 2023 12:40am Gold
Sunday 5th November 2023 3:20am Gold
Sunday 5th November 2023 11:55pm Gold
Tuesday 7th November 2023 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 8th November 2023 2:45am Gold
Tuesday 2nd April 2024 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 3rd April 2024 12:30am Gold

Cast & crew

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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