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 4 - Bomb

An atom bomb lands in the middle of the boys' kitchen, but they're divided over what to do with it. Vyvyan, for example, can't work out why he can't set it off.


This episode features a guest performance from Dexys Midnight Runners.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 30th 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
    Mark Arden Man in Advert
    Jean Campbell-Dallas Raving Old Lady
    Paola Dionisotti DHSS Official
    Clair Hill Girl in Advert
    Ceri Jackson Woman in Advert
    Peter Laxton Boy in Advert
    Tony Sympson Old Man at DHSS
    Roger Sloman TV Licence Official
    Nigel Planer Dino
    Rik Mayall Dicky
    Writing team
    Ben Elton Writer
    Rik Mayall Writer
    Lise Mayer Writer
    Alexei Sayle Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Geoff Posner Director
    Paul Jackson Producer
    Graham Hutchings Editor
    Ed Wooden Editor
    Graeme Story Production Designer
    Peter Brewis Composer

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