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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Press clippings

'Great sitcoms are missing from our TV screens and our lives - we need them in these times'

Even if "we're all doomed" under the Tories, as Dad's Army's Pte Frazer would say, shows like George And Mildred, Are You Being Served?, Robin's Nest and Three's Company still make us laugh.

Siobhan McNally, The Mirror, 24th January 2024

Then and Now: A famous Newcastle scene from TV's Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

The title sequence of 1973's Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? showed different areas of Newcastle, including this one, under transformation - but how does the location look 50 years later?

David Morton, Newcastle Chronicle, 13th April 2023

Then and Now: The Northumberland pub featured in a classic TV episode of the Likely Lads

How Terry and Bob stopped off for a break at a Northumberland pub during an ill-advised bike race in one of the best episodes of Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

David Morton, Newcastle Chronicle, 2nd February 2023

The 25 funniest Christmas comedy TV specials of all time

The comedy special is as much a part of British Christmas as a family row and mountains of sprouts. This year, comedy shows from Motherland and The Detectorists to Mrs Brown's Boys and Ghosts are returning with festive specials to round off 2022. To celebrate, we countdown the greatest 25 Christmas comedy specials of all time.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2022

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

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