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Likely Lads, The

Probably more accurately described as a film version of Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? this further proves that not all sitcoms which set the action on holiday come unstuck. Crucially – and like Holiday On The Buses, below – the holiday is in Britain, caravanning in Northumbria to be precise. Bob and Terry are taken away by Thelma and Terry’s new girlfriend, Finnish Christina with hilarious results! But of course, we know that the real comedy comes from the interaction of the Lads themselves and their nostalgic/chauvinistic/pathetic musings on their lives and life. The two B’s, Bolam and Bewes, are just great and the Clement and La Frenais script is predictably brilliant. Sod your Forrest Gump, how’s this for confectionary based philosophy; “In the chocolate box of life the top layer has already gone…and someone’s nicked the orange cream from the bottom!” Class.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    August 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The tower block where Terry Collier lived was in Howdon, Wallsend, and was a familiar landmark, with two identical tower blocks, for 30 years for motorists heading to Newcastle. Unfortunately like a lot of other, less famous tower blocks, it was prone to broken down lifts, as in the film, vandalism and structural problems and was demolished in 1991. The Likely Lads connection meant nothing to the residents or the local council who were glad to see it demolished.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    “I’d offer you a beer, Bob, but I’ve only got six cans.”

  3. Mark Geary

    August 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I watch this film at least once a year to remind me about England in the 70’s. All hail Radio Free Ferris.

    “Don’t worry kidda, I’ll be back to cock it all up for you”

  4. Glenn A

    September 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Also well known for cult horror star Anulka Dzubianka( hope I’ve got this right), trying to seduce Bob in the guest house. Always got the impression she might have turned into a vampire had things got a bit more dirty.

  5. Glenn A

    June 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve seen this film 50 times, never fail to laugh and wallow in the nostalgia. Wonder if Bob bought his Chevette from Harold Thompson( your Vauxhall people) in North Shields as this was the local main dealer for North Tyneside. Mind you the times it was smashed up in the film makes you wonder if Mr Thompson cancelled the warranty on the car.

  6. Richard16378

    June 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I do feel for Bob’s Chevette after everything that happens to it during the film.

    It’s also not too late for James Bolam to have a part in Dr Who so all 4 performers playing the main characters would have appeared.

    • Glenn A

      June 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Bob had a Viva in the television series, so the next car for him to buy would have been the more modern Chevette.
      Also I wonder what the fate of Bob and Terry would have been after Bob sailed off by accident to Bahrain in 1976. I reckon there would have been a massive falling out, and the two men going their seperate ways. Bob would have continued in construction, had 2.4 children with Thelma and retired reasonably well off. I reckon Terry would have had a blazing row with his mother over his failure to hold down a job, gone back to taxi driving, and built up a taxi firm and done far better than people expected.

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