Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?: Season 1, Episode 7

No Hiding Place (20 Feb. 1973)

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England are playing Bulgaria at football and Flint, whom the lads meet in the hairdressers, bets the pair they cannot get through the day without learning the result. Despite Flint's ... See full summary »

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England are playing Bulgaria at football and Flint, whom the lads meet in the hairdressers, bets the pair they cannot get through the day without learning the result. Despite Flint's efforts to pass the news on to them, they survive, or so they think, but Bob has left his front door open .... Written by don @ minifie-1

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"You'll never stick it out!"
2 February 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Bob takes Terry to a trendy hairdresser's, where his friend is shocked to see men working alongside women. He jumps to the wrong conclusion about their sexuality.

As they prepare to have their hair washed and restyled, an old friend ( enemy? ) called Brian Flint strides in, and, removing his cap, reveals himself to be nearly bald.

Bob and Terry are looking forward to a soccer match between England and Romania, due to be played that afternoon, but televised late in the evening. Flint tries to spoil it by blabbing the result. They flee to the nearest pub, but he follows. Actually, Flint knows nothing, because the match has only just started. He bets them a fiver each they cannot go through the day without hearing the outcome. They accept the challenge...

A strong candidate for the title of 'Best Ever Episode of W.H.T.T.L.L.', this was trotted out by the B.B.C. regularly for many years afterwards as a prelude to big football matches. You would think that it would be easy to avoid one man in a place like Newcastle, but Flint is cleverer than he appears, and like a bloodhound tracks them wherever they go, firstly to Audrey's home ( which he phones ), then a church, and finally to Bob's new house.

We never quite find out who 'Brian Flint' is; is he an old work colleague, drinking buddy, or what? He comes across as a big-headed and unpleasant person who delights in making others uncomfortable. The role is superbly played by the late, much-missed Brian Glover, who went on to play the dimwitted 'Heslop' in Clement and La Frenais's other classic sitcom 'Porridge'. 'Flint' was never seen again after this, which is a shame.

Bob and Terry's fear at discovering the result of the match is palpable, emphasising the importance of football in their lives. No Thelma I'm afraid, but Audrey is very good here, especially when she fantasises about her West Indian lover - a limbo dancer. "He's upstairs, lowering his pole!", she says, in a sexy manner that would have done credit to Mae West.

The scene in the hairdressers makes me cringe whenever I see it now. Flared trousers! Long sideburns! Garish shirts! Oh no! One of the stylists is Drina Pavlovic, who two years earlier had been in the fourth series of 'Please Sir!' as the sexy Celia.

Funniest moment - the look on the face of the one-legged news vendor as he sees a car with no driver speed past!

Later remade ( rather badly ) by I.T.V., starring Ant & Dec.


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