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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 19th January 2012 12:10am Gold
Tuesday 16th October 2012 11:10pm Gold
Friday 15th March 2013 11:40pm Gold
Friday 4th April 2014 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 5th April 2014 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 6th April 2014 1:55am Gold
Monday 19th May 2014 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 20th May 2014 2:25am Gold
Sunday 13th July 2014 12:10am Gold
Sunday 13th July 2014 2:25am Gold
Monday 27th October 2014 11:30pm Gold
Tuesday 28th October 2014 2:35am Gold
Tuesday 7th April 2015 11:20pm Gold
Wednesday 8th April 2015 2:25am Gold
Monday 7th September 2015 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 8th September 2015 3:10am Gold
Saturday 23rd July 2016 12:30am Gold
Friday 12th August 2016 1:05am Gold
Sunday 11th September 2016 10:15pm Gold
Saturday 1st July 2017 11:45pm Gold
Tuesday 11th July 2017 12:00am Gold
Friday 25th May 2018 11:30pm Gold
Monday 13th August 2018 11:25pm Gold
Tuesday 14th August 2018 2:55am Gold
Friday 26th October 2018 11:00pm Gold
Monday 11th March 2019 12:00am Gold
Friday 17th July 2020 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 11th October 2020 10:40pm Gold
Monday 12th October 2020 1:30am Gold
Thursday 14th October 2021 10:40pm Gold
Friday 15th October 2021 2:00am Gold
Monday 21st November 2022 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd November 2022 2:35am Gold
Tuesday 22nd November 2022 9:00pm BBC4
Thursday 16th March 2023 9:20pm Gold
Friday 17th March 2023 1:50am Gold
Thursday 9th November 2023 11:20pm Gold
Friday 10th November 2023 2:50am Gold
Saturday 11th November 2023 11:45pm Gold
Thursday 4th April 2024 10:20pm Gold
Friday 5th April 2024 12:30am Gold
Friday 26th April 2024 12:40am Gold

Cast & crew

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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