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.


The series includes a live band in each episode because it was produced - and funded - by the BBC's Variety (rather than Comedy) department. Producer Paul Jackson chose to take the show to Variety as it allowed two days of studio recording, whilst Comedy allowed only one.