The Likely Lads Radio Series

The Likely Lads Radio Series – 1967

The Likely Lads was a popular TV comedy series set in the North of England.  In 1967 one of the show’s main stars, James Bolam adapted 16 episodes of the TV show for Radio.

The Radio show ran for 2 series of 8 episodes each between 1967 and 1968.


The radio series followed the same plot line as it’s TV counterpart.   Following the friendship of two working class young men, Terry Collier (James Bolam) and Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes),
After growing up at school and in the Scouts together, Bob and Terry are working in the same factory, Ellison’s Electrical, alongside the older, wiser duo of Cloughie and Jack.  The show’s gritty yet verbose humour derived largely from the tensions between Terry’s cynical, everyman, working class personality and Bob’s ambition to better himself and move to the middle class.






James Bolam
Rodney Bewes
Sheila Fearn


Written  By: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Adapted For Radio By: James Bolam
Series 1 – The Light Program
Series 2 – BBC Radio 2
Original Transmission Dates: 6th August 1967 – 7th July 1968