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Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

Complete BBC Radio Series
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Thirteen classic BBC radio episodes starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes.

One of the most popular TV comedies of the 70s, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? won a best sitcom BAFTA and attracted an audience of millions before being adapted for radio.

In these 13 episodes, we catch up with Newcastle lads Bob and Terry as they meet by chance after years apart. Now engaged to Thelma, Bob is having prewedding nerves while Terry, demobbed from the army, is having trouble adjusting to life in civvy street.

As they rekindle their friendship, Bob tries to find Terry a date, throws him a surprise party and takes him to the hairdresser's to get a new look. In addition, Terry gets some shock news and helps Bob get ready for his and Thelma's big day....

Originally lost from the BBC archive, the audio for many of these episodes was recovered by producer Stan Was, the BBC's Archive Treasure Hunt and a BBC7 listener.

The episodes included are 'Strangers on a Train', 'Home Is the Hero', 'Cold Feet', 'Moving On', 'I'll Never Forget Whatshername', 'Birthday Boy', 'No Hiding Place', 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?', 'Storm in a Tea Chest', 'The Old Magic', 'Count Down', 'Boys' Night In' and 'End of an Era'.

©1975 Dick Clement. 1975 Ian La Frenais (P)2017 BBC AudioBooks

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"ah. Canny one pet"

Will always love the likely lads in any format, strong performance's from both lead actors. The storylines are excellent with bob and terry's lives interweaving. Ideal retrospective gift for Christmas of 1970's life before technology demeaned everything!!!

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Awful, truly awful. Why have they released such a poor quality version of this classic piece of British comedy? The audio in the first section is so inferior it spoils the collection. I can’t listen to it. Waste of money.

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Pure delight from the lads Clement and La Frenais.

You simply can't go wrong with the BBC collections on audible. Most of them were radio edits of TV audio but some were Radio recordings. The quality of the writing, performances and recording mean that the intimacy provided by audio means nothing is lost from in transit from the more immediate TV medium.

Being a northern lad these accents made me feel part of society and the fact that Clement and La Frenais totally nailed our sense of humour and way of seeing the world did not go unnoticed. Genius in every respect.

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Brings back so many memories, an excellent series.
The sound in the first episode isn't the best, but what can you expect. All the other episodes are fine.
A must for anyone who enjoys classic British comedy.

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brilliant

takes you back to the good old days when everything seemed more innocent and fun