How The Young Ones Changed Comedy, 2018

A brand new and exclusive documentary from UK TV Gold.

How The Young Ones Changed Comedy explores the legacy of one of the most notorious British sitcoms of all time: The Young Ones.

The Young Ones was the sitcom responsible for launching alternative comedy onto our screens. It made household names of its performers and writers and proved to be a huge influence, despite the BBC reportedly being baffled by what they’d commissioned back in 1982.

Never before had a flagship comedy show contained so much violence, depravity and anarchy – it was a a shot across the bow to mainstream comedians that things would never be the same again.


How The Young Ones Changed Comedy combines archive footage with revelations from many of the stars who were involved both in front of and behind the camera.  These include: Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle, John Lloyd, Paul Jackson and Lise Mayer.

Some of the comedians that followed in its wake such as David Baddiel, Charlie Higson, Clive Anderson and Richard Herring discuss how it influenced them and galvanised the British comedy scene.








Nigel Planer
Alexei Sayle
John Lloyd
Paul Jackson
Lise Mayer


Channel: GOLD
Original Transmission Date: 26th May 2018

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