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
    Ed Wooden Editor
    Graeme Story Production Designer
    Peter Brewis Composer

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