Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes). Copyright: BBC
Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1973 - 1974
  • 27 episodes (2 series)

Colour sequel to the hit 1960s sitcom, The Likely Lads. Terry returns from the army to discover his friend Bob is now engaged and looking to better himself. Stars James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn, Bill Owen and more.

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Series 1, Episode 7 - No Hiding Place

With England playing in Bulgaria that afternoon, Bob and Terry are determined that they won't hear the score before watching the highlights on TV.

Further details

But there are 8 hours to go and they are regretting the bet they made with Flint - he seems to be everywhere even the church where they try to seek refuge...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 20th February 1973
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 15th August 2011 6:30am Gold
Tuesday 27th December 2011 8:50am Gold
Wednesday 28th December 2011 7:00am Gold
Saturday 3rd March 2012 6:30am Gold
Wednesday 28th March 2012 6:30am Gold
Wednesday 28th March 2012 8:40am Gold
Monday 10th September 2012 7:00am Gold
Thursday 30th May 2013 8:00pm BBC4
Friday 31st May 2013 2:05am BBC4
Monday 3rd June 2013 6:00am Gold
Wednesday 5th June 2013 10:45pm BBC4
Wednesday 9th April 2014 10:40am Gold
Tuesday 5th August 2014 1:40pm Drama
Tuesday 5th August 2014 8:20pm Drama
Tuesday 24th February 2015 1:40pm Drama
Tuesday 24th February 2015 6:40pm Drama
Wednesday 1st April 2015 1:40pm Drama
Wednesday 1st April 2015 6:40pm Drama
Monday 27th April 2015 7:00am Gold
Monday 27th April 2015 12:00pm Gold
Saturday 10th October 2015 8:20am Gold
Tuesday 12th January 2016 7:20pm Drama
Wednesday 17th February 2016 7:20pm Drama
Wednesday 20th July 2016 7:20pm Drama
Wednesday 24th August 2016 9:55pm Yesterday
Thursday 25th August 2016 8:35pm Yesterday
Tuesday 14th February 2017 3:00pm Yesterday
Tuesday 14th February 2017 9:00pm Yesterday
Tuesday 11th April 2017 9:20am Gold
Tuesday 11th April 2017 2:20pm Gold
Tuesday 19th September 2017 10:30pm Yesterday
Thursday 26th April 2018 11:00pm Yesterday
Friday 27th April 2018 9:00pm Yesterday
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 6:00pm Drama
Tuesday 13th June 2023 8:30pm BBC4
Sunday 18th June 2023 1:20am BBC4
Thursday 20th July 2023 6:00pm Drama

Cast & crew

James Bolam Terry Collier
Rodney Bewes Bob Ferris
Sheila Fearn Audrey
Lorna Wilde Gloria
Guest cast
Donald Gee Vicar
Brian Glover Flint
Corbet Woodall (as Corbett Woodall) TV announcer
Bernard Douglas Dallas
Brian Godfrey Garry
Katy Allan Rita
Drina Pavlovic Sonia
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Jack Gilbert Producer
Tim Gleeson Production Designer


The Likely Lads episode that perfected self-isolation

Almost five decades before the coronavirus lockdown, the Likely Lads - Bob and Terry (Rodney Bewes and James Bolam) - were perfecting the art of social distancing and self isolation. They were trying to escape something arguably even worse than a bout of Covid-19: the England score.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 6th April 2020

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