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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).
Starring Rodney Bewes as Bob and James Bolam as Terry, this is an aimless but endlessly entertaining saga that takes in a calamitous caravan holiday in drizzly Northumbria, a farcical escapade in a seaside guest house and innumerable minor capers in between. The real business here, however, is in Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' script and characterisation. Most of their best work involves men in confinement of some sort (Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet) and here it's Bob who finds himself timidly chafing at the clutches of domestic "bliss" as personified by wife Thelma (played magnificently and underratedly by Brigit Forsyth, avoiding all the usual battleaxe clichés). He's jealous of the footloose Terry, even though the latter is clearly frustrated at his rootless existence ("I've learned nothing. Y'know what it'll say on my gravestone? "None the Bloody Wiser"!"). Beyond a mere nostalgia-fest, this is vintage, essential Brit-comedy.
On the DVD: The Likely Lads is presented in widescreen 1.78:1. Unfortunately, this comedic milestone comes only with the original trailer by way of extras. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent feel good movie , two of the best sitcom characters ever. Terry Collier smirk is worth a thousand words .Published 4 months ago by BRYAN MCR
This is a must for any likely lads fan, The more you know of Bob and terry the betterPublished 4 months ago by P. Hayward
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