The Young Ones – 1982
Perceived by many at the time as the birth of alternative comedy The Young Ones was the cult BBC comedy classic that surprisingly only ran for 12 episodes over 2 series between 1982 and 1984. It made household names of it’s stars and writers.
The show combined traditional sitcom style with violent slapstick and surrealism. These older styles were mixed with the working and lower-middle class attitudes of the growing 1980s alternative comedy boom, in which all the principal performers except the character of Mike had been involved. The show also featured surreal elements, such as puppets playing talking animals or objects. Confusion was added with lengthy cutaways to scenarios not involved in the main plot. Eleven of the twelve shows featured a musical guest performing either in the house or the street. This was done to enable the BBC to classify the program as variety as that attracted a bigger budget than sitcoms. As is common with many programs some of these performances were cut from future video releases and repeats for reasons of copyright.
Stories were set in a squalid house where the students lived during their time at Scumbag College. The show featured the antics of the four very different students as they went about their day to day lives.
Adrian Edmondson – Vyvayn Basterd
Rik Mayall – Rick
Nigel Planer – Neil Wheedon Watkins Pye
Christopher Ryan – Mike The Cool Person
Alexei Sayle – The Landlord
with additional material from Alexei Sayle
Original Transmission Dates: 9th November 1982 – 19th June 1984