The Young Ones was first shown on BBC2 between Tuesday 9 November and Tuesday 14 December 1982. The second series aired on the same channel between 8 May and 1984. Both series were shown at 9pm - before I believe there was such a thing as the 9 o'clock watershed, but when the timing of such programmes was left to the grown-ups to decide when they should be shown. It was a real hit with me and my brother and we used to lock our mum in the kitchen when it was on - well, not really lock, I mean she used to go into the kitchen when it was on... probably to sort her Avon order or something.
The Young Ones - Series 1-2 [DVD]
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- Rik Mayall
- Adrian Edmondson
- Nigel Planer
- Christopher Ryan
- Alexei Sayle
Both series were written by Ben Elton, Lise Mayer and Rik Mayall. The four / five main stars were Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Christopher Ryan, Nigel Planer as students (P)Rick, Vyvyan, Mike (The Coolperson) and Neil Pye. Alexei Sayle also appeared as their landlord, supposed eastern European immigrant, Jerzei Balowski and various Balowski relations. He also played Benito Mussolini and the very excellent Brian Damage.
There are numerous cameos, from Fry and Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Tony Robinson, French and Saunders, Hale and Pace (!), Terry Jones ('has anyone done the stiffy joke'), Ben Elton, Mel and Griff, Frost & Arden, Lenny Henry...
Music was provided from popular beat combos of the day, including Motörhead, Madness (x2), Dexy's, Ken Bishop's Nice Twelve, The Dammed, Rip, Rig and Panic (including Neneh Cherry) and Amazulu ('oh really, I'm a Glaswegian').