"Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?" is a British sitcom which was broadcast between 9 January 1973 and 9 April 1974 on BBC1. It was the colour sequel to the mid-1960s hit The Likely Lad
There were 26 episodes over two series; and a subsequent 45-minute Christmas special was aired on 24 December 1974.
Since the ending of the original series, in 1966, Bob has left factory life behind for an office job, in his future father-in-law's building firm (something which makes Bob even more desperate to curry favour with Thelma and her family). But what Bob does for a living is not a major part of the show; more important is the simple fact that he is now a white-collar worker, and (at Thelma's urging) is joining badminton clubs, attending dinner parties, and – in all sorts of ways – appearing to Terry as aspiring to join the middle class. Terry sees Bob as a class traitor, and looks upon his own Army experience and solid working class ethos as giving him moral superiority.
To a considerable degree, in fact, the comedy is built upon a basis of class warfare – a theme which was very familiar to British television audiences in the 1970s, a period of virtually continuous industrial strife in Britain. Terry is being left behind, a relic of the attitudes of the mid-1960s, due to his five-year absence in the Army; whereas Bob, Thelma, and Terry's sister Audrey – i.e. all the other main players in the show – have moved on, and are all to various degrees embracing more affluent, middle-class lifestyles. Terry is alone in clinging to his old beer-and-skittles Andy Capp lifestyle, as the others frequently tell him; and the tensions which this causes, between him and Bob, him and Thelma, and him and Audrey, are a main engine driving the comedy.
Terry finds it particularly hard to adjust to all the changes which have occurred in the five years he's been away. As implied in the lyrics to the programme's theme song, the 1970s series plays on both lads' feelings of nostalgia for the lost days of their reckless youth. Both of them are depressed by the demolition of so many of the landmarks of their youth, though Bob, who works for a building firm, sometimes sees it as progress. Bob has also bought his own house, on a newly built estate – something else which sets him apart from his old friend.
Reflecting the distinctions now separating the two young men, the opening credits show Terry amongst the older and more industrial buildings of the city, with Bob seen in modern, more attractive surroundings.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? - The Likely Lads (film) - Netflix
The Likely Lads is a 1976 British comedy film directed by Michael Tuchner, starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes. It is a spin-off from Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, although it shares its title with the earlier 1960s British television series The Likely Lads, of which Whatever was the sequel. The screenplay is by the scriptwriters of the television show, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais; and the principal roles of Bob and Terry, as well as those of Bob's wife Thelma and Terry's sister Audrey, are played by the original television cast.
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? - Locations - Netflix
The film was made at EMI's Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire and on location on Tyneside, in and around Newcastle and Whitley Bay. Locations used include the Spanish City funfair at Whitley Bay, the Beehive public house, the Coast Road (A1058) flats and Tynemouth Pier. Terry's fictional employer “Extralight” washing powder, was filmed at Greggs Christon Road Dept, Gosforth Terry's highrise flat - Howdon, Wallsend (The flats used were demolished in the 1990s) The church where Thelma and Chris are abandoned - Corbridge, Northumberland. The road layout is the same, but the road is now a one-way system, and the traffic flow is opposite to that in the film. The caravan trip takes place across Tyne Bridge and through Rothbury, Northumberland The caravan site and 'The Beehive' pub - Earsdon, and Whitley Bay Caravan Park near St Mary's Lighthouse Bob gets some flowers trapped in the bus after Terry does a “voice of above” on him on Market Street (The area is now heavily pedestrianised since it was filmed) The coast - Whitley Bay Wallsend High Street - where Bob crosses the zebra crossing in front of Terry's van. The Greenwood's store is still there on the corner of Atkinson Terrace. City Road on the Quayside is where Bob is rescued from the roof of the building. Borehamwood Library is where Thelma has the brick dropped on her foot. The “Extralight” washing powder demonstration (Radio Free Ferris) sequence was filmed at the junction of Links Drive and Park Crescent, Borehamwood Terry's flat was at Taunton Close, Willington Square, Wallsend. This was one of three blocks of flats which were locally referred to as the 'fourteen stories' and stood on the south side of the A1058 'coast road' opposite the George Angus engineering works. Terry's works depot was filmed at the former George Angus site on the Coast Road, Wallsend. It has since been demolished and B&Q now occupy the site. The Black Horse pub is the Collingwood pub in Jesmond. The bed and breakfast, known in the film as Ivanhoe, where they were thrown out of, is on the Links, Whitley Bay. The Briar Dene pub is just visible in the background as they draw up in the car. The Total petrol station was at the intersection of Harmondsworth Road and Holloway Lane, Hillingdon, London, next to Heathrow Airport. The site is currently owned by Shell.