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The Young Ones' 20 Greatest Moments

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A countdown of the best moments from the British sitcom, The Young Ones, with a host of comedians and celebrity fans revealing their favourite moments.

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Even though sitcom cyclone The Young Ones totalled just six hours of airtime, it’s amazing how many mad moments entered comedy perpetuity. All here in their gory glory are Neil’s projectile cold, Vyv’s flatulent pregnancy – and still one of TV’s best-ever endings, the double-decker bus going over a cliff. “That was a fun day’s shoot,” recalls Nigel (Neil) Planer, who laughs heartily throughout proceedings.

Sadly there’s no involvement from Ben Elton, but good to hear from co-writer Lise Mayer, for a change, and Alexei Sayle – “a big pussycat” in real life despite his portrayal of the manic Balowski family. As well as Dawn French being crushed by a giant sandwich and the famous University Challenge armageddon, there are fabulous stunt insights (Vyv losing his head) and lots of incidental joys, like Rick in yellow dungarees dancing to the Human League, or Vyv eating a telly. As Planer sums up, “I just wondered with a lot of it, ‘Are we going to get away with this?’” They did – in many ways, no one else has.

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