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The Likely Lads (1976)

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Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Bewes ...
Brigit Forsyth ...
Sheila Fearn ...
Zena Walker ...
Anulka Dziubinska ...
Dawn (as Anulka Dubinska)
Tommy - Milkman
Judy Buxton ...
Penny Irving ...
Michelle Newell ...
Susan Tracy ...
Edith Collier
Gordon Griffin ...
Cyril Collier
Les Ferris


Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated from the women. Thelma mistakenly accuses Bob of infidelity and their row is heard publicly as they are in a van with the P.A. still switched on. Bob and Terry then holiday without the girls and,in a hotel at Whitley Bay,score with both the landlady and her daughter but have to make a hurried,trouserless,exit. Terry decides to emigrate and Bob joins him for a farewell drink on board his ship. However Terry changes his mind at the last minute and disembarks, realising too late that Bob is still on board and heading for Bahrain. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Emotion blazes across the big screen as Bob and Terry knock down the frontiers of human knowledge and Newcastle ale.




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The first film of Ian McDiarmid. See more »


When Bob and Terry do a u-turn across the road to catch up with the girls, the cars on the other side of the road change between shots. There are no oncoming cars at all in the shot from inside the car as they make the u-turn. See more »


Bob: I'm going through a very depressed state recently, I think we should talk it through.
Thelma: Oh Bob, we've got so much to get done, can't we talk about if later over a cup of tea, it'll keep won't it.
Bob: Of course, its not important Thelma, I'm only questioning the validity of my entire life.
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Spun-off from Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) See more »


Remember When
Lyrics by Ian La Frenais
Music by Mike Hugg
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Fog on the Tyne
8 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

No, this did not transfer to the screen successfully at all. Just like most other sitcoms ( bar the 'Dad's Army' film, which is watchable when there's nowt else to do ), this starts off in the doldrums - and stays there. The trouble with trying to transfer something like 'The Likely Lads' from the small screen to the big one in the first place, is the pseudo-emotional baggage it inevitably brings with it. The series, which was good, has the perceived emotions behind the title, as its hook. 'What's happened to us? Who are we? Remember when?' This can be sustained for thirty minutes, fifty once a year ( the Christmas Special where Terry is a taxi-driver is brilliant ). But, just like Lancashire's worst ( and chuck in Yorkshire for good measure )the Tyne's very own version of 'Ay, Lass, remember when' soaps, comedies and films all fail when it's given a grander suit ( some even fail in their work clothes ). The nostalgia-cum-pathos comes across as sick-making, and if the central characters stare at the clichéd landmarks too much ( ie cobbled streets - Manchester, the Mersey - Liverpool, and the Tyne Bridge on this ), then the whole thing is just too depressing. The honest truth about 'remember when' stories, is, unless you had the busy season of Henley, Wimbledon, Ascot and the Opera to distract you, then you were more likely to be staring at the Tyne with a view to jumping in it, because the reality was/is there were no better days that have gone, just misery. OK, I haven't mentioned the actual plot in this but there's no need. The birds, booze, marital misunderstandings and a sometime interfering friend ( or threat to the ambitious wife ), are all overshadowed by this 'Ee lad, we used to 'ave a grand time, what happened to us?' malarkey. Sorry, but this film is very, very poor and does no justice to the sometime-brilliance of the series.

John Haines

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