The Young Ones (1982–1984)
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The boys are having a very boring day so they decide to go down to the pub, where they run into Vyvyan's estranged mother.


Geoff Posner




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Edmondson ... Vyvyan (as Ade Edmondson)
Rik Mayall ... Rick
Nigel Planer ... Neil
Christopher Ryan ... Mike
Alexei Sayle ... the Balowski Family
Madness ... Themselves
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... Policeman
Jim Barclay Jim Barclay ... Racist Policeman
Ruth Burnett Ruth Burnett ... Goldilocks
Jacqueline Clarke
Paola Dionisotti
Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ... TV Reporter
Stephen Frost ... Policeman (as Steve Frost)
Paul Gale
Peter Greene Peter Greene


The boys are having a very boring day so they decide to go down to the pub, where they run into Vyvyan's estranged mother.

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23 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Billy Bolowski at one point yells "Let's play Daleks! Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!", foreshadowing Alexei Sayles appearence (and subsequent extermination) in Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks See more »


When Vyvyan does his finger trick, you can clearly see tubes going into his gloves to provide the blood. Some say this is a mistake, but others say it's part of the practical joke kits he uses because blood was meant to spurt out of his hand when he cut the fake finger off. It's a goof only if you want it to be. See more »


Rick: Hey, wouldn't it be amazing if all this money was real?
Vyvyan: That is the single most predictable and BORING thing that anyone could ever say whilst playing Monopoly.
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Alternate Versions

A section of about 60 seconds was cut from the home video release. This started from the point the Kellog's spokesman comes to the front door to when Neil returns from the local news agent. This scene deletion did not apply to home video releases outside the United Kingdom or to the UK DVD release. See more »


Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


House of Fun
Written by Mike Barson & Lee Thompson
Performed by Madness
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The opposite of boring!
19 February 2007 | by general-melchettSee all my reviews

This was probably my favourite episode of the Young Ones. Packed full of riotous laughs and alternative-ness, this is everything the Young Ones should be. The return of the Balowskis was absolutely hilarious - Billy's performance had me in stitches, especially when he was talking directly to us saying, "I've not always been mad, y'know..." Also featured in this episode - a terrorist siege in the Young Ones' house, on TV as a newsflash (interrupting Vyvyan's favourite programme "Bastard Squad), reported to us by BBC reporter Dan Prick (come on, just the name made me roar!), the Young Ones go down to the pub in which Madness are playing where Vyv meets someone from way back, and the Young Ones' house literally becomes "hell". Come on, when a TV episode's called "Boring", you know it's going to be anything but... 10/10

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