Disc One - 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 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 Two - 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 Two 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 Three - 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 Three 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.
One of the best British sitcoms of all-time, The Likely Lads...
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“A brilliant series. The best British sitcom ever made (with the possible exception of "Porridge", also written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais).The black-and-white Sixties episodes, with the Likely Lads growing up in the industrial North, are balanced against the colour Seventies episodes, which portray the sense of loss they both feel from the changes that have wiped away much of the world they'd grown up in.These are two working class lads, divided by Bob's aspirations to join the middle class, as personified by prissy librarian Thelma, superbly played by Brigit Forsyth. A fabulous cast, and a fabulous script.Inexplicably, two episodes have been left off the track listing for series 2 of "Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads": the 13th episode, "The Shape of Things to Come", and the 1974 Christmas Special.”
“This is one of the classics of British comedy - a perfect mix of off-beat Geordie humour reflecting a way of life in working class Newcastle long since vanished. We have the street-wise Terry unable, or not wishing, to break away from his Tyneside roots playing off against the more sophisticated Bob who is endeavouring , with Thelma, to break into the Darras Hall set, but not quite getting there. Bob, in many ways, has a lot to answer forIn later years James Bolam refused to appear on a reunion of The Likely Lads on Television - shame on him - he appears to have a short memory - it was playing the part of Terry Collier that launched his career. He should not forget that or the able support given by his colleagues.”
From: Ken Smith