Category: The Young Ones

  • Warden Walters
    Warden Walters

    The final joke of Bomb, the fourth episode of The Young Ones, never gets the laugh I think it deserves. It’s not a bomb, it’s an egg the plane has laid. I wonder if the noise of the baby plane has been mixed too loud and drowns out the laugh. Anyway, here’s Rick’s exclamation when…

  • Christopher Ryan Clippings
    Christopher Ryan Clippings

    It’s been said enough to no longer really be insightful, but Christopher Ryan as Mike in The Young Ones was excellent. But he’s even better as Dave Hedgehog in Bottom, and his appearances in One Foot In The Grave and Absolutely Fabulous are marvellous too. It seems he has always been quietly getting on with…

  • Punk Shocker!
    Punk Shocker!

    A Rude, Crude Team Out To Make Mayhem Four months before The Young Ones was first broadcast, it was already making sensationalist headlines in the tabloids. Take this fabulous single page spread for example, from The Daily Mirror on Saturday 28th August 1982. Here’s the text if you can’t quite make it out. ONLY days…

  • Contemporaneous The Young Ones Clippings
    Contemporaneous The Young Ones Clippings

    So much has been written about The Young Ones over the years, I thought it might be interesting to look back at what was being written about it during the first few weeks that it aired. On the morning of the debut of Demolition, this write up appeared in The Daily Mirror, written by Ken…

  • The Young Ones Flash Frames
    The Young Ones Flash Frames

    Ever wondered exactly where those flash frames in the second series of The Young Ones come from? Well, here we go then. In Bambi, there’s a frame from Carry On Cowboy. In Cash, it’s a frame or two from Ski Sunday. There’s two in Nasty, a shot of a dripping tap, and one of The…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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