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The Likely Lads: BFI TV Classics The Likely Lads: BFI TV Classics

Insightful account of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring sitcoms, exploring what it says about the affluent 60s and the more troubled 70s. Insightful account of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring sitcoms, exploring what it says about the affluent 60s and the more troubled 70s.
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The Likely Lads provides an entertaining and insightful critical account of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring sitcoms. The programme had two incarnations. The original series, The Likely Lads, depicted the mid-60s escapades of Bob and Terry, two footloose and fancy-free Tyneside lads.

Its even more popular 70s sequel, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, shows our heroes coming to terms with the end of their youth and its attendant possibilities. Now Bob - with his wife Thelma - is aiming for the stars via the badminton club, with executive starter home and the bistro, while Terry revels in the gutter.

Phil Wickham explores what the series says about Bob and Terry's times, from the affluent 60s to the more troubled decade that followed, how The Likely Lads tackled issues of class and masculinity and the nature of the series' humour and its enduring appeal. He examines its place in the tradition of British sitcom and why sitcoms have such a special relationship with their audience. His discussions are informed by interviews with the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

The Likely Lads provides an entertaining and insightful critical account of one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring sitcoms. The programme had two incarnations. The original series, The Likely Lads, depicted the mid-60s escapades of Bob and Terry, two footloose and fancy-free Tyneside lads.

Its even more popular 70s sequel, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, shows our heroes coming to terms with the end of their youth and its attendant possibilities. Now Bob - with his wife Thelma - is aiming for the stars via the badminton club, with executive starter home and the bistro, while Terry revels in the gutter.

Phil Wickham explores what the series says about Bob and Terry's times, from the affluent 60s to the more troubled decade that followed, how The Likely Lads tackled issues of class and masculinity and the nature of the series' humour and its enduring appeal. He examines its place in the tradition of British sitcom and why sitcoms have such a special relationship with their audience. His discussions are informed by interviews with the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

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SKU 9781844572137
Author(s) Phil Wickham
Product contents Introduction 'What Happened to You, Whatever Happened to Me?': The Story of The Likely Lads 'Tomorrow's Almost Over': The Life and Times of The Likely Lads 'Ha'way the Lads!': Men, women, and The Likely Lads Having a Laugh: The Comedy of The Likely Lads '
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Paperback
Original publication date 05/08/2008
Number of pages 152

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