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 2, Episode 5 is repeated on Gold today at 10:40pm.

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

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