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 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.

This episode was initially billed as the first in the series.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 12th June 1984
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 26th December 2009 11:15pm BBC2
Wednesday 8th June 2011 11:20pm Gold
Thursday 9th June 2011 1:25am Gold
Thursday 16th February 2012 11:25pm Gold
Friday 17th February 2012 1:25am Gold
Wednesday 24th October 2012 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 25th October 2012 2:10am Gold
Monday 25th March 2013 11:40pm Gold
Monday 16th June 2014 12:10am Gold
Monday 16th June 2014 2:25am Gold
Thursday 28th August 2014 11:35pm Gold
Friday 29th August 2014 2:25am Gold
Tuesday 2nd June 2015 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 3:00am Gold
Saturday 29th August 2015 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 30th August 2015 2:15am Gold
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 12:35am Gold
Sunday 31st July 2016 12:25am Gold
Monday 26th September 2016 12:55am Gold
Friday 21st July 2017 12:00am Gold
Saturday 29th July 2017 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 29th May 2018 12:20am Gold
Sunday 3rd June 2018 10:10pm Gold
Friday 1st February 2019 12:15am Gold
Sunday 17th March 2019 11:20pm Gold
Sunday 18th October 2020 11:55pm Gold
Monday 19th October 2020 2:15am Gold
Sunday 2nd May 2021 2:25am Gold
Monday 3rd May 2021 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 20th October 2021 10:40pm Gold
Thursday 21st October 2021 2:05am Gold
Wednesday 30th November 2022 12:00am Gold
Friday 24th March 2023 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 25th March 2023 1:10am Gold
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 23rd November 2023 2:50am Gold
Monday 12th February 2024 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 13th February 2024 2:35am Gold

Cast & crew

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
Ed Wooden Editor
Graeme Story Production Designer
Peter Brewis Composer

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