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 6 - Summer Holiday

Summer term has ended. Rick has discovered his parents are dead. The group are evicted from the house, and have come bottom of the world in their exams. What else is there to do but rob a bank and flee?


This episode features a guest performance from John Otway.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th June 1984
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 15th June 2011 11:20pm Gold
Thursday 16th June 2011 1:25am Gold
Thursday 8th March 2012 11:40pm Gold
Friday 9th March 2012 1:40am Gold
Friday 26th October 2012 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 27th October 2012 2:05am Gold
Wednesday 27th March 2013 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 29th June 2014 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 19th July 2014 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 13th August 2014 1:25am Gold
Thursday 18th September 2014 2:45am Gold
Monday 6th April 2015 11:50pm Gold
Wednesday 10th June 2015 12:00am Gold
Wednesday 10th June 2015 3:25am Gold
Saturday 29th August 2015 11:45pm Gold
Sunday 30th August 2015 2:50am Gold
Sunday 31st July 2016 1:15am Gold
Saturday 13th August 2016 10:10pm Gold
Sunday 14th August 2016 2:20am Gold
Monday 24th July 2017 11:55pm Gold
Sunday 30th July 2017 12:05am Gold
Tuesday 29th May 2018 1:10am Gold
Sunday 3rd June 2018 10:55pm Gold
Thursday 7th March 2019 12:55am Gold
Monday 18th March 2019 12:05am Gold
Monday 19th October 2020 12:40am Gold
Monday 19th October 2020 2:55am Gold
Sunday 2nd May 2021 3:05am Gold
Monday 3rd May 2021 1:45am Gold
Friday 22nd October 2021 10:40pm Gold

Cast & crew

Rik Mayall Rick
Adrian Edmondson (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
Nigel Planer Neil
Christopher Ryan Mike
Alexei Sayle Balowski Family
Guest cast
Alan Freeman God
Brian Croucher Mr. Real Robber
Ben Elton Man in Hawk Advert
Stephen Frost Bank Manager
Lenny Henry Postman
Jools Holland Punk in Bank
Mark Lambert Bank Supervisor
Peter Laxton Darren
Helen Lederer Bank Worker
Norman Lovett Man in Bank Queue
Lise Mayer Dawn
Joanne Pearce Woman in Hawk Advert
Roger Sloman Darren's Father
Maggie Steed Darren's Mother
Roger Sloman Coldstream Guard
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
Colin Jones Editor
Graeme Story Production Designer
Peter Brewis Composer


The Young Ones: its final episode sent up the summer

For the grand finale of their student comedy, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and friends chose to put a chaotic spin on the quintessential British summer.

Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 15th June 2017

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