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Who said "Lawks-a-lawdy my bottom's on fire!!!" ?,
This review is from: The Young Ones: Series 1 & 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Oh yes, this still raises a laugh 28 years on.
Anarchic students sharing a poxy, cold, depressing flat in London while virtually never attending to their studies. The setting for many mishaps and surreal adventures punctuated by guest appearences from bands of the day (which at the time was annoying and only included at the insistence of BBC to get a higher budget, but now...well, where else can you see the rare 4-piece line up of Motorhead performing Ace of Spades, The Damned singing Video Nasty or Madness twice?)
Even now I can still quote lines from this virtually verbatim and we used to have Young Ones parties in the 80s where someone with rich parents (i.e. who owned a VCR) would show all 12 episodes over a Saturday afternoon.
The weird humour, subliminal flashes (the one from a Western is the end of Carry on Cowboy) and talent of the 5 main players makes this a show that ranks alongside Monty Python's Flying Circus for longevity of quality.
Some touches were quite subtle (the Narnia piss take was years ahead of its time or the reference to Lord Scarman from the racist copper) while others were so OTT it defied belief (Vivyan's pregnancy, the flood episode, Neil covered in snot).
This presentation has the full versions of the songs that were cut from previous entries (including Subterranean Homesick Blues as Neil goes to join the police) and has the full "Bigoted Bobby" sketch which was hilarious then and should never have been edited (he's talking to a white guy and he's wearing sunglasses...OK!!!)
The University Challenge sketch is still funny, if only for having Vivyan kick Dr House in the head.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2013 14:12:34 BDT
Jenna Appleseed says:
According to people involved with the programme the racist policeman bit got edited out because after it was first broadcast, they got a letter from a teacher saying, that kids had been quoting/using lines inc the "That's white man's electricity you're using" as insults/taunts at a Black pupil & they didn't want to be accidentally encouraging racism...
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