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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The attempted suicide of Partridge & other characters

A look at sitcom characters and suicide, or attempted suicide. Includes talk about Neil in The Young Ones, Denholm Reynholm in The IT Crowd, and a Toblerone-addicted Alan Partridge's barefoot drive to Dundee.

David E. J. A. Bennett, Capers Magazine, 25th May 2021

When Motorhead rocked for The Young Ones

The audience for heavy music didn't overtake MTV immediately, but one of the key moments in pushing for more heavy presence on the network came when Motorhead made a guest turn playing Ace of Spades in the living room of the British cult comedy hit The Young Ones.

Chad Childers, Loudwire, 18th April 2021

Adrian Edmondson to appear on University Challenge

Life is due to imitate art this Christmas when Adrian Edmondson appears on a celebrity edition of University Challenge.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 16th December 2020

BBC makes comedy sets available as Zoom backgrounds

If those endless tedious Zoom meetings are getting you down the BBC has done something that might spice them up. They have made their archive of images of sets available to use as online meeting backdrops. These include sets from The League of Gentlemen, Yes Minister, The Young Ones, Only Fools and Horses and Dad's Army.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th May 2020

Ben Elton on the ableist slurs he used in Young Ones

I thought using ableist slurs in The Young Ones was OK 30 years ago - until I met the people I'd let down.

Ben Elton, The Independent, 19th November 2019

Fawlty Towers tops Radio Times greatest British sitcom list

Fawlty Towers has come out top of a list of the greatest British sitcoms, as compiled by Radio Times magazine.

British Comedy Guide, 9th April 2019

12 Disastrous US remakes of British Sitcoms

Some things are just uniquely suited to a time and a place. The idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is thankfully becoming more of an outdated concept. Unfortunately, in the past, American TV producers have repeatedly tried and failed to remake many of our beloved British sitcoms.

Super Ink, 8th April 2019

Nigel Planer on The Young Ones' reunion

"Within seconds of getting back together, the original group dynamic kicks in"

Nigel Planer, Radio Times, 29th April 2018

Gold announces Young Ones documentaries

Gold is to broadcast two documentaries about sitcom The Young Ones, focusing on its contribution to changing British comedy as part of the 1980s "alternative comedy" movement.

British Comedy Guide, 9th March 2018

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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