One of the best British sitcoms of all-time, The Likely Lads focuses on the friendship between two working-class men, James Bolam and Rodney Bewes, living in the north east of England. Bob (Bewes) is the 'sensible' one, doing his best to get on with his job and 'better' himself. Terry (Bolam) is the 'irresponsible' one, intent on living life to the full. He's forever getting himself (and Terry) into trouble of one kind or another...
Several, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais returned to the world of The Likely Lads with a sequel series, generally considered to be even better than the original show.
Terry Collier (James Bolam) returns from his stint in the army to find his north-east home-town and its inhabitants have changed beyond recognition. Out of contact during the intervening years, his best friend Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) has settled into a respectable white-collar job and is engaged to his boss's daughter, Thelma; a level-headed, prim librarian with aspirations - shared by Bob - to a better, brighter future. With distaste, Thelma remembers Terry from the past and she is aghast that he returns to interrupt their cosy new lives and exert what can only be his customarily poor influence over her easily led fianc?
Includes every episode from series 1, 2 and 3 of The Likely Lads, as well as series 1 and 2 of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
Disc One/Two - The Likely Lads Surviving Episodes:
Before 'Whatever Happened To...' came 'The Likely Lads', a slice of 60s working class life. It slotted in neatly alongside 'Steptoe' and 'Till Death Us Do Part', but this time the focus was on youth and it was set far away from London.
These are the same Terry Collier and Bob Ferris we learnt to love in the legendary 70s series - only younger. Two sharp young Geordies, short on cash, hormones buzzing, eager to live their young lives to the full.
Disc One/Two Episode listing:
- Entente Cordiale.
- Double Date.
- Older Women Are More Experienced.
- The Suitor.
- Last of the Big Spenders.
- Goodbye To All That.
- The Other Side Of The Fence.
Disc Three/Four - Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? Series One:
It's been over five years since Terry Collier left his mate Bob and joined the army. Now returning to civvy street, he finds the country has undergone a sexual revolution, his beloved Newcastle is unrecognisable and worst of all - Bob has an office job, plays badminton and is engaged to prim librarian, Thelma.
Disc Three/Four Episode listing:
- Strangers On A Train.
- Home Is The Hero.
- Cold Feet.
- Moving On.
- I'll Never Forget Whatshername.
- Birthday Boy.
- No Hiding Place.
- Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.
- Storm In A Tea Chest.
- The Old Magic.
- Boys Night In.
- End Of An Era.
Disc Five/Six - Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? Series Two:
The second - and final - series found Bob now married to Thelma. Dedicated to married life, the nine-to-five and the new-build semi - it seems he has finally left Terry behind. After all what has he got in common with a work-shy, mayhem-making loudmouth - except the past?
Disc Five/Six Episode listing:
- Absent Friends.
- Heart To Hear.
- The Ant And The Grasshopper.
- One For The Road.
- The Great Race.
- Some Day We'll Laugh About This.
- In Harm's Way.
- Affairs And Relations.
- The Expert.
- Between Ourselves.
- The Go Between.
- Conduct Unbecoming.
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Christmas special
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