The Likely Lads
Authors: Wickham, Phil
- First fulllength study of a muchloved British sitcom
- Includes interview material with the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
- New title in our successful 'BFI TV Classics' series
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- About this book
Phil Wickham's study of The Likely Lads provides an entertaining and insightful critical account of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring sitcoms. The programme had two incarnations: the original series, The Likely Lads (BBC 1964–6) depicted the escapades of Bob and Terry, two footloose and fancy-free Tyneside lads; its even more popular 70s sequel, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads (BBC 1973–4), shows our heroes coming to terms with the end of their youth and its attendant possibilities. Now Bob, engaged to Thelma and with an executive starter home, is aiming for the stars via the badminton club, while Terry revels in the gutter. Phil Wickham explores what the series says about Bob and Terry's times, from the affluent 60s to the more troubled decade that followed, and how The Likely Lads tackles issues of class and masculinity. He also considers the nature of the series' humour and its place in the tradition of British sitcom before examining the way it appeals to its audience by raising questions about time, failure, and the realities of everyday life. His discussions are informed by interviews with the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
- About the authors
PHIL WICKHAM is the Curator of The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter. He was previously a TV Curator at the British Film Institute. He is the author of Understanding Television Texts (2007)
and writes and lectures extensively on British film and television.