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 5 - Interesting

A party is arranged, but naturally Neil has no one to invite. Rick's keen to get things off just right, but is at risking of killing the mood. Then the pubs start to close.


This episode features a guest performance from Rip Rig And Panic.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 7th December 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
Keith Allen Pestilence
Tony Allen Left Wing Activist
Mark Arden Gatecrasher
Nicholas Ball Dr Jim Morrison
Paul Bradley Warlock
Ruth Burnett Cinderella
Mark Dewison Neil
Chris Ellis Geoff
Dawn French Christian Evangelist
Stephen Frost (as Steve Frost) Gatecrasher
Sadie Hamilton Blonde at Party
Peter Laxton Chimney Sweep
David Lloyd (as Dave Lloyd) Road (Blonde Punk)
William MacBain Rocky (Scottish Punk)
Kilian McKenna Collins
Michael Redfern Policeman
Jennifer Saunders Sue
Cindy Shelley Rhiannon
David Squire English Punk
Nigel Planer Famine
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Rik Mayall Writer
Lise Mayer Writer
Alexei Sayle Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Jackson Director
Paul Jackson Producer

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