The Likely Lads

The Likely Lads

Michael Tuchner (1976)

85min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Most hit British TV sitcoms earned a big-screen transfer in the 1970s, and some fared better than others. The BBC's The Likely Lads (1964-66) and its colour sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-74) mapped the lives of two childhood friends, Bob (Rodney Bewes) and Terry (James Bolam), in Newcastle as the world changed around them. The film, written by series creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, has more in common with the second incarnation, which broke out of the studio setting and explored outdoor locations. It's a strength of the movie, as trips to Northumberland, Whitley Bay and Newcastle docks seem in keeping. In brief, Terry contemplates settling down with his Finnish girlfriend (Mary Tamm), Bob tires of his marriage to Thelma (Brigit Forsyth). It's a shame this leads to a facile trouserless farce sequence, but on the whole, it's a worthwhile extension of the show, with things to say about the cusp of middle age and the melancholy of beloved buildings being demolished.

Summary

Bob and Thelma embark on a chaotic caravan holiday - with best pal Terry and a glamorous Scandinavian au pair in tow, ensuring that nothing will go according to plan. Comedy based on the TV series, starring James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth and Mary Tamm.

Cast & Crew

Bob Ferris Rodney Bewes
Terry Collier James Bolam
Thelma Ferris Brigit Forsyth
Christina Mary Tamm
Audrey Sheila Fearn
Laura Zena Walker
Dawn Anulka Dubinska
Iris Judy Buxton
Milkman Alun Armstrong
Glenys Vicki Michelle
Director Michael Tuchner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy