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  • The Young Ones is a groundbreaking British sitcom that ran from 1982 - 1984 and was created by Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer and Ben Elton with additional material by Alexei Sayle. The Young Ones is a weird sitcom that centers around four dysfunctional and mismatched university students whom have nothing in common whom share a flat in North London. The members of The Young Ones are Vivian, a psychotic and moronic punk. Rick, an pompous and arrogant politically minded poet and Cliff Richards fan. Neil, a clinically depressed hippie and Mike, a unfunny and bossy cool guy. The Young Ones would get frequently visited by their eccentric landlord Jerzei Balowski and his family. The sitcom not only follows The Young Ones and their antics and misadventures, other characters would interact and break the fourth wall with the viewers and there would be live performances by bands and solo artists. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It's unclear and never revealed why. Rick asks Vivian's mother but doesn't get an answer in Series 1's "Boring". Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Vyvyan is studying medicine.

    Rick is studying sociology or domestic sciences (it varies), and is the only one who ever seems to do any work.

    Neil is doing Peace Studies, which is actually a real course in many colleges: see

    Mike is blackmailing his tutor and the Dean for grants and passing grades for a business degree. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Special Patrol Group (SPG) was a unit of Greater Londons Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for providing a centrally-based mobile capability for combating serious public disorder and crime that could not be dealt with by local divisions.

    The SPG was active from 1965 to 12th January 1987, being replaced by the Territorial Support Group. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • This featured on Only Connect. It was Kendall Mintcake (played by Ben Elton), Miss Money-Sterling (played by Emma Thompson), Lord Snot (played by Stephen Fry), and Lord Monty (played by Hugh Laurie). Ben Elton is the only one who didn't audition for Footlights. Edit (Coming Soon)


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  • In the final episode, the Season 2 finale Summer Holiday: Vivian, Rik, Neil and Mike are evicted from their flat by Jerzei Balowski and they end up homeless and forced to live out in the streets. In a desperate act, Vivian, Mike and Neil rob a bank. However, they steal the loot from an armed bank robber whom beat them to it and Rick hijacks a double decker bus and the four make their getaway. But, the bus crashes through an advertisement billboard of Cliff Richards and drives off a cliff crashing on the ground below. Vivian, Rick, Mike and Neil survive the crash, but without a warning, the bus explodes killing all four of them. Edit (Coming Soon)

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