Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads ? 1973

Originally broadcast over two series in 1973 and 1974, This was the colour follow up to the successful 1960’s series The Likely Lads.

Whatever Happeneed To The Likely Lads was set five years on from the last episode of the 1960’s series.

During it’s two year run a total of twenty six episodes were produced and one ninety minute christmas special in December of 1974.  


Rodney Bewes and James Bolam reprise their roles as Bob Ferris and Terry Collier.  

Terry has been discharged from the Army and returns home to find life has changed whilst he’s been away.

Bob has a new job, working for his future Father in law and has become engaged to Thelma Chambers (she becomes his wife in series two).

The series follows Terry’s attempts to adjust to the changes as the two ponder over old memories getting into various scrapes along the way.







Terence Daniel Collie ( a.k.a. Terry Collier) – James Bolam
Robert Andrew Scarborough Ferris ( a.k.a. Bob Ferris) – Rodney Bewes
Thelma Ingrid Chambers (later Ferris: Bob’s fiancée in series 1, and his wife in series 2) – Brigit Forsyth
Audrey ( Terry’s slightly older sister) – Sheila Fearn


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Produced By: James Gilbert and Bernard Thompson
Original Transmission Dates: 9th January 1973 – 24th December 1974

Spin Offs

In keeping with the trend at the time a feature film of the same name was made in 1976.  It was during this time that a row over the press erupted between Bewes and Bolam, leading to them falling out.  They have never spoke again.

Around the same time (1976) series one was adapted for radio.

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