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.

Press Clippings

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 The idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is thankfully becoming more of an outdated concept.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

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