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The Likely Lads: Surviving Episodes From BBC Series 1-3 [DVD]

James Bolam , Rodney Bewes    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Sheila Fearn, Olive Milbourn, Anneke Wills
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCE27I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,068 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


One of the very best and most popular British TV sitcoms, The Likely Lads starred James Bolam (Terry) and Rodney Bewes (Bob) as two working-class lads living in the north-east of England in the 1960s. Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Porridge), the witty dialogue and sharp observations of working class Britain was an instant hit.

The stories focused on the friendship of Terry and Bob as they reacted to true-to-life dilemmas such as cash shortages, the pursuit of the opposite sex (a constant theme), their work in an electrical components factory, and their support of a struggling football team.

This DVD contains all of the surviving episodes from the original 3 series: Entente Cordiale (16/12/64); Double Date (23/12/64); Older Women Are More Experienced (30/12/64); The Suitor (20/01/65); Last Of The Big Spenders (07/07/65); Rocker (18/06/66); Goodbye To All That (23/07/66).

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apparently NOT all the surviving episodes 25 Feb 2006
Curiously, despite the assertion on the box, this DVD doesn't contain ALL the surviving episodes. There is another one, "The Other Side of the Fence", which was screened by UK Gold last year, featuring Anneke Wills. In this episode, Bob is promoted from the workshop into the management side of the company (hence the title). If UK Gold had the episode (and presumably acquired it from the BBC), then how is it that the BBC themselves seem to be unaware of it? Releasing a DVD containing supposedly ALL the surviving episodes, while omitting ONE, strikes me as somewhat daft.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Minus 1 more surviving episode 23 Feb 2006
By A Customer
When this DVD was first listed at retailers sites across the internet I was puzzled, because they listed it as the complete series of 1-3, stating it had every episode from all 3 series, when it was well known that only a few had survived, now this has been amended and we see the actual episodes that are included on this DVD, but I can state for a fact it is still missing one surviving episode because I have it on a DVD someone recorded off the TV a while back, the episode is called 'The other side of the fence'.
As for the episodes themselves, they show their age, but hopefully the DVD release should have improved the quality, particuarly the sound which on some episodes from the tv transmissions could sometimes be poor. But a great collection of comedy classics nevertheless, incidentally the first series of 'Whatever happened to the likely lads' is due for a May 2006 release.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Botched Job. 28 Feb 2006
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Well what can I say…. I’m very, very upset about this DVD release. OK it was never going to be the complete Likely Lads, I think we (the fans) all knew that. But why have they missed off “Other Side of the Fence” and The Christmas Night with the Stars mini episode (what a lovely little bonus that would have been).
I would love to be giving this 5 stars, but sadly the BBC or should I say “2Entertaine” Have botched this one.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Likely Lads- series 1-3 11 Mar 2006
Im very dissapointed with the dvd,the episodes on it were great but why was the eighth and final survivor of the BBC`s cull missed?
good stuff but not good enough
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another lost opportunity??? 27 Feb 2006
Other reviewers are dead right. VERY disappointing to have been led to believe the other episodes had turned up, only to find it's only these AND not even including all KNOWN remaining shows, anyway!! IN ADDITION they still hold (and have shown fairly recently) a smashing little sketch recorded for their "Christmas Night With The Stars" annual Christmas show, introduced by Billy Cotton (1964)- said to be a coup at the time because it was such a new series. VERY sloppy!!
(There was a similar Steptoe sketch in a later year - wonder if they'll overlook that too!?)
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Likely cock-up 24 Feb 2006
First we were told that this would include all the episodes from all 3 series (even though it was well known that only 8 episodes survive), then the DVD cover art is shown stating "featuring all the surviving episodes of the classic 60's comedy including the first ever episode and the final instalment."
Wrong - under the trades description act, the publishers of this DVD could be in trouble.
The DVD only contains 7 of the 8 surviving episodes, having missed out "The other side of the fence".
If you are a fan, you'll probably buy it anyway, so just be warned.
3 out of 5 stars, when with a bit more care, it could have been a 5 star release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Likely Lads Surviving Episodes from BBC 1-3 20 April 2009
Some 44 years after seeing the Likely Lads as a kid I wasn't sure whether the series would have stood the test of time too well.

It did. It were grand then, it's grand now.

This is truly a fabulous series and I rate it right up there with the likes of Steptoe and OF&H. A British classic.

If you watched it in the 1960s and enjoyed it, I'd definitely recommend getting this DVD.

It's still extremely funny and, by 'as 'eck, that James Bolam aint half a bad actor neither.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BBC DVD/2entertain need to answer a question 5 Feb 2009
By Billy
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I bought this DVD despite knowing it was missing the other surviving episode, The Other Side of the Fence, so my three stars may seem harsh. But it is such an oversight that I couldn't possibly award the full five stars. I must hasten to add that the rating here is for the DVD and not the series itself, which was way ahead of its time and a great introduction to the antics of Bob and Terry.

I shall be following this up by seeing if I can contact the BBC and/or 2entertain to ask them why OSotF wasn't included.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Good old nostalgia, that's why I bought it but actually there is one episode not on.
But for the cost it is good entertainment
Published 11 days ago by andrew boultby
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the price to see the early originals
I remember this original series and loved it the dvd contains the original serviving episodes and although they are in black and white still great to see again if your a fan of the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by david pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Likely Lads in their youth
To this day most of the episodes of The Likely Lads remain missing as like most other 1960s sitcoms, recordings were wiped. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE TO ADD TO THE COLLECTION
Published 5 months ago by Micia
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of nostalgia
Good value - I actually prefer 'Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads' but we enjoyed the 'lads' in this series all the same.
Published 6 months ago by Janetell
5.0 out of 5 stars likely lads
This product was good value for money, and arrived on time with no hassles. There was no hidden costs and overall I am more than satisfied.
Published 7 months ago by T. M. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Brings back memories of the 70's.
Good humoured and when there is nothing else on the telly, its worth having this on standby for a few laughs.
Published 8 months ago by Claire Langdon
3.0 out of 5 stars Likely Lads
I have only watched 3 of the episodes so far - whilst they are classics and I love them - the episodes were a bit 'samey'. Hope the rest is more interesting!
Published 12 months ago by Mrs J. Auty
5.0 out of 5 stars the likely lads
It was good been able to watch these early episodes again still very funny and it brought back lots of memories
Published 12 months ago by brian
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