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 2, Episode 2 - Cash

No one has any money, so - under Mike's instruction - Vyvyan begins stealing and chopping up everyone's possessions for firewood. When Vyvyan claims to be pregnant, Neil is forced to get a job, and joins the police!


This episode features a guest performance from Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 15th May 1984
34 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd February 2012 12:10am Gold
Monday 22nd October 2012 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 2:05am Gold
Thursday 21st March 2013 11:35pm Gold
Thursday 10th April 2014 11:50pm Gold
Friday 11th April 2014 2:20am Gold
Tuesday 10th June 2014 12:10am Gold
Wednesday 16th July 2014 12:20am Gold
Tuesday 26th August 2014 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 26th August 2014 2:25am Gold
Thursday 4th September 2014 2:50am Gold
Tuesday 5th May 2015 11:30pm Gold
Wednesday 6th May 2015 2:25am Gold
Sunday 13th September 2015 11:40pm Gold
Monday 14th September 2015 3:15am Gold
Saturday 30th July 2016 12:25am Gold
Friday 16th September 2016 10:10pm Gold
Sunday 25th September 2016 10:15pm Gold
Saturday 15th July 2017 11:50pm Gold
Monday 17th July 2017 11:55pm Gold
Monday 28th May 2018 1:45am Gold
Monday 28th May 2018 10:05pm Gold
Saturday 2nd June 2018 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 29th January 2019 12:15am Gold
Saturday 16th March 2019 3:20am Gold
Saturday 16th March 2019 11:35pm Gold
Sunday 18th October 2020 12:35am Gold
Sunday 18th October 2020 2:45am Gold
Sunday 18th April 2021 2:35am Gold
Monday 19th April 2021 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 12th October 2021 10:35pm Gold
Wednesday 13th October 2021 2:00am Gold
Friday 25th November 2022 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 26th November 2022 3:05am Gold
Tuesday 21st March 2023 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 22nd March 2023 1:50am Gold
Thursday 16th November 2023 11:15pm Gold
Friday 17th November 2023 1:55am Gold
Wednesday 7th February 2024 11:20pm Gold
Wednesday 10th April 2024 10:20pm Gold
Thursday 11th April 2024 12:25am Gold

Cast & crew

Rik Mayall Rick
Adrian Edmondson (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
Nigel Planer Neil
Christopher Ryan Mike
Guest cast
Paul Bradley Warlock
Mark Arden 1st Ghost
Lee Cornes Compère
Steve Dixon Mad Man
Stephen Frost 2nd Ghost
Steve Kelly Truck Driver
Jan Prince Neighbour
Kay Stonham Stonehenge
Andy de la Tour TV Presenter
Alan Freeman God
Alexei Sayle 'Mussolini' Policeman
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

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