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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film spin off from top BBC comedy series, 1 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: The Likely Lads [VHS] [1976] (VHS Tape)
For a short period in the early/mid 1970s there was a boom in spin-off cinema features from popular British television series - a tradition which had developed much earlier with radio series such as Inspector Hornleigh before the Second World War. Most of these spin-off films were unfairly maligned by critics at the time (as indeed were the Carry On films). The Likely Lads (from 1964 BBC series The Likely Lads and 1970s sequel Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads) is a prime example of this little celebrated phenomenon. Central to the story is writers Clement and La Frenais' strong and likeable characterisations of Bob and Terry and their bonding with the changing Tyneside landscape - Bob, now an upwardly mobile surveyor, married to Thelma and settling down with a mortgage on the Elm Lodge Housing Estate. By contrast, Terry, divorced, carefree, living in a high-rise council flat chasing after au pair girls.. The one liners crackle thick and fast and the observational commentary, as with the series, is spot on. The characters benefit from the opening out of storyline enabled by the cinema format. Best line from Bob: 'In the chocolate box of life the top layer has already gone and someone's pinched the orange cream from the bottom'. Highly recommended for fans and those that have never seen the series alike.
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