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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 others.

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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

16 things you probably never knew about The Young Ones

Young Ones stars Alexei Sayle, Nigel Planer and co-writer Lise Mayer appeared at the Slapstick festival of vintage comedy in Bristol yesterday, where they were honoured with a 'Slapstick Legacy Medal'. Here are 16 things they revealed about the show and the time surrounding it, as they spoke to host Marcus Brigstocke.

Chortle, 23rd January 2017

The 12 best worst poets on TV

Including Baldrick, Guy Secretan and the Vogons.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 6th October 2016

Ordinary homes for showbiz fans on sale

There have been multiple opportunities to move into a house that has been populated by fictional characters ranging from The Young Ones to multitudes of spotted dogs. Also includes the Peep Show flat, the home of the Brockmans in Outnumbered and Alan Partridge's Linton Travel Tavern.

Bethan Bell, BBC News, 27th September 2016

BBC comedy classics go on display

Much-loved British comedians and sitcom stars are being celebrated in a new exhibition. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire from 9 July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition - including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments.

Paul Merton and Adil Ray, BBC News, 10th July 2016

America: where British sitcoms go to die

It is the holy grail for British writers - having your sitcom remade for America. But can Raised By Wolves succeed where Fawlty Towers flopped?

Andrew Collins, The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

There really was a 5th housemate in The Young Ones

There really was a creepy fifth housemate lurking in cult British TV show The Young Ones.

Peter Farquhar, Business Insider UK, 18th June 2016

In many ways the antithesis of BBC2's traditional "highbrow" output, The Young Ones' anarchic approach to comedy was an instant cult hit with younger audiences. It set the tone for the age of "alternative" comedy that still dominates today. The premise - four students who live in a bedsit - was traditional, but its structure, which included fragmented and often surreal storylines, random asides, the trashing of the set and sudden cuts to hamsters singing in a fridge, was energetic, punky and pioneering. Written (mostly) by Ben Elton and starring Adrian Edmondson (Vyvyan), Rik Mayall (Rick), Nigel Planer (Neil) and Christopher Ryan (Mick) - it also featured Alexei Sayle as landlord Mr Balowski.

Since light entertainment programmes were allocated bigger budgets than sitcoms, it was decided every episode would also feature a band. These bands - which included Dexy's Midnight Runners, and Madness - would perform songs which had no relevance to the plot.

Memorable scenes include Footlights versus Scumbag College in University Challenge; Vyvyan's head being cut off and then rolling along a train track still speaking; as well as the last shot of them all toppling over a cliff in a stolen double-decker bus.

Dani Garavelli, The Scotsman, 13th April 2014

Interview with former Young Ones star Nigel Planer

It's more than two decades since Nigel Planer was a long-haired hippy singing about a hole in his shoe - but people still sing the lyrics to him in the street.

Rick Fulton, Daily Record, 16th September 2010

Ade: It is SO boring

Actor Adrian Edmondson says cult sitcom The Young Ones, which made him a star, is the most boring TV show ever.

The Mirror, 21st June 2009

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