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 - Sick

Everyone is sick. Neil begins projectile sneezing before suddenly remembering that his parents are coming for dinner. Their arrival sparks a discussion about The Good Life, and the housemates decide to attempt self-sufficiency.


This episode features a guest performance from Madness.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 12th June 1984
35 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
Pauline Melville Vyvyan's Mum
Mark Arden Mick
Jim Barclay Policeman in Van
Perry Benson Spaz
Ruth Burnett Chemist
Hugh Cecil Man in Street
Jean Channon 2nd Witch
Brian Croucher Man at Bus Stop
Ben Elton 1st Grange Hill Student
Stephen Frost Tess
Peter Greene Mr. Liberal
Ceri Jackson Snogging Woman
Kilian McKenna Snogging Man
Carla Mendonca People's Poet Groupie
Michael Redfern Angry Policeman
David Rolfe Policeman in Van
Maggie Steed 1st Witch
Brian Oulton Mr. Pye (Neil's Dad)
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Mrs. Pye (Neil's Mum)
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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