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Programme: The Young Ones
Broadcast: 1982 - 1984    ( BBC )
Episodes: 12 (2 series)
Starring: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan
Written by: Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer
Directed by: Paul Jackson, Geoff Posner
Production: British Broadcasting Corporation More info

Follows the antics and mischief caused by a group of students. Hippy Neil, nerdy Cliff Richard obsessed Rick, psychopathic punk Vyvyan and smooth Mike share a squalid and collapsing house together.

BSG Review:

The very surreal and anarchic adventures featured in "The Young Ones" bought a whole new type of comedy to TV in the early 80s. Bizarre plots, 'comic asides' and 'musical interludes' were all included in the mad, rude, very violent, unpredictable and deliberately infantile world which was "The Young Ones". Its alternative and aggressive style of comedy has certainly left a mark, like many other classics only a few episodes were ever made of this sitcom, yet everyone has heard about it! Everyone should watch "The Young Ones" even if they are just doing it to star spot, many (if not most) of British comedy's finest stars made a cameo appearance in the show. Watch.

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