This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
Rick, the political anarchist studying Sociology (or was it Domestic
Science?) who was a poetic genius, adored Cliff Richard and rude words,
was played by RIK MAYALL.
Vyvyan, the violent medical punk student who liked lager and curries was
played by ADRIAN EDMONDSON. He had orange hair and four metal stars glued
to his forehead. The back of his jacket says VERY METAL. His little pet
was Special Patrol Group (SPG), a Scottish hamster with an attitude....
Neil, the lentil-loving depressed hippie studying Peace Studies and
occasionally abused by his friends was played by NIGEL PLANER
Mike, the cool "straight" one who has lots and lots of girlfriends (or so
we think) and incriminating photos of the Dean, was played by CHRISTOPHER
The writers were:
* Ben Elton (also a stand-up comedian)
* Lise Mayer (still writing sketches)
* Rik Mayall
Additional material was by Alexei Sayle. The director was Geoff Posner.
The producer was Paul Jackson, who went on to produce Red Dwarf, and was
head of programming at Carlton Television...
Ed Bye was a production assistant. He later went on to direct GIRLS ON
TOP, promoted as the "female Young Ones" and starring French and Saunders.
He directed some episodes of Red Dwarf and now directs and produces The
Full Wax. He's also married to Ruby Wax.