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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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

How creators convinced James Bolam to be Likely Lad

Sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads is one of the most iconic comedies of all time - now creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have revealed in a new book how they wrote it and why star James Bolam nearly did not want to do it.

Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, The Daily Express, 14th September 2019

Clement & La Frenais to publish memoir

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais - the creators of sitcoms including Porridge and The Likely Lads - are to publish a memoir in September.

British Comedy Guide, 29th May 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

What did happen to the Likely Lads? Now we know

It is one of television's great mysteries and the sitcom writer Ian La Frenais finally has an answer.

The Times, 18th March 2019

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 70s

The 1970s is rightly lauded as the golden age of British sitcom.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 1st December 2018

When Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? first aired

BBC1 viewers tuned into a new comedy series, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? on this day 45 years ago.

David Morton, Newcastle Chronicle, 9th January 2018

The Likely Lads forty-year feud

Of all the memorable TV sitcom theme songs over the years, it was the most melancholy, its words the most haunting: 'Oh, what happened to you, whatever happened to me? What became of the people we used to be?' Rodney Bewes, one half of the hit BBC show Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, who died yesterday aged 79, asked himself those questions every day of his life for 40 years. His acclaimed double act with co-star James Bolam had ended in an acrimonious telephone call in 1976, after an ill-judged joke sparked an almighty row between them.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 22nd November 2017

Likely Lads: Melancholy masterpiece of a TV theme tune

Rodney Bewes, who died this week, will forever be remembered for the sitcom which captured the mood of the 70s - as did La Frenais and Hugg's evocative intro music.

Alexis Petridis, The Guardian, 22nd November 2017

The sitcoms we'd like to see come back on the TV

As some of our most classic comedies are revived for one-off specials - Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Are You Being Served? among them, our brilliant writers explain which sitcoms they'd like to see brought back and why...

Paul Routledge, Polly Hudson, Amber Graafland, Jessica Boulton, Dave Kidd, Sara Wallis and Mark Jefferies, The Mirror, 9th August 2016

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