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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Episode menu

Series 2, Episode 1 - Bambi

Realising that they've not washed their clothes since 1981, the housemates head to the laundrette. However, Neil's forgotten to tell them that they're expected on University Challenge.


This episode features a guest performance from Motorhead.

This episode features a brief clip of the end of Carry On Cowboy.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 8th May 1984
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 24th November 2010 11:10pm Gold
Wednesday 1st February 2012 11:20pm Gold
Sunday 4th March 2012 10:20pm Gold
Friday 19th October 2012 10:55pm Gold
Saturday 20th October 2012 2:05am Gold
Wednesday 20th March 2013 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 2nd November 2013 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 3rd November 2013 1:30am Gold
Thursday 10th April 2014 12:05am Gold
Thursday 10th April 2014 1:55am Gold
Saturday 26th April 2014 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 27th April 2014 1:25am Gold
Monday 9th June 2014 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 10th June 2014 2:25am Gold
Tuesday 28th April 2015 11:20pm Gold
Wednesday 29th April 2015 2:15am Gold
Friday 11th September 2015 12:40am Gold
Friday 11th September 2015 3:05am Gold
Friday 29th July 2016 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 10th September 2016 9:30pm Gold
Monday 19th September 2016 12:50am Gold
Friday 26th May 2017 9:40pm Gold
Friday 14th July 2017 12:00am Gold
Saturday 15th July 2017 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 16th July 2017 3:20am Gold
Saturday 26th May 2018 11:30pm Gold
Sunday 27th May 2018 3:00am Gold
Monday 28th January 2019 1:05am Gold
Saturday 16th March 2019 2:45am Gold
Saturday 16th March 2019 10:50pm Gold
Saturday 17th October 2020 11:50pm Gold
Sunday 18th October 2020 2:05am Gold
Sunday 18th April 2021 1:40am Gold
Wednesday 6th October 2021 11:20pm Gold
Thursday 7th October 2021 2:40am Gold
Sunday 23rd October 2022 10:10pm BBC4
Wednesday 9th November 2022 10:00pm Gold
Thursday 24th November 2022 11:40pm Gold
Friday 25th November 2022 3:10am Gold
Wednesday 15th November 2023 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 16th November 2023 2:40am Gold
Tuesday 6th February 2024 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 9th April 2024 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 10th April 2024 12:25am Gold
Thursday 25th April 2024 11:55pm Gold

Cast & crew

Rik Mayall Rick
Adrian Edmondson (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
Nigel Planer Neil
Christopher Ryan Mike
Guest cast
Robbie Coltrane Dr. Carlisle
Ben Elton Kendal Mintcake
Stephen Fry Lord Snot
Tamsin Heatley Janet
Hugh Laurie Lord Monty
Tony Robinson Dr. Not The Nine O'Clock News
Emma Thompson Miss Money-Sterling
Griff Rhys Jones Bamber 'Bambi' Gascoigne
Mel Smith Grenada Security Guard
Alexei Sayle Train Driver
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Rik Mayall Writer
Lise Mayer Writer
Alexei Sayle Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Paul Jackson Director
Paul Jackson Producer
Ed Wooden Editor
Graeme Story Production Designer
Peter Brewis Composer


Adrian Edmondson to appear on University Challenge

Life is due to imitate art this Christmas when Adrian Edmondson appears on a celebrity edition of University Challenge.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 16th December 2020

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