This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
(from Simon Jansen - firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Haas anyone else noticed the strange person who appears to share the
flat with the guys. If you look carefully in the first five episodes
you can see a mysterious person with long black hair who appears
sitting against walls in the background of quite a few scenes. He
has his hair over his face but it looks like another hippy. Once you
have noticed him he is very obvious! Places I remember seeing him
are sitting to the left of the screen in INTERESTING when Vyv tries
the new vacuum cleaner, behind Mike in DEMOLITION when he's reading
the TV Times and in BORING, he's next to the cupboard when the old guy
comes out from under the stairs. I can spot him in the first five
episodes but not after that. Does anyone know who this is?"
Kristen Mirenda thinks it could be the ratty human-sized stuffed animal
(teddy bear?) that's usually propped up in the hall.
Greg O'Beirne said "it's just meant to be a sort of surrealist sight gag.
It struck me as rather weirdly funny to have what I thought was a corpse
just sitting in the lounge room with nobody noticing it."
Ryan Mooney commented:
"The best places to see him are (in Demolition) when Rik sits down to
watch Nozin' Aroun'... and (in Bomb) when Vyv hits Neil over the head
with the kettle that has killed itself rather than be used by Neil.
It's no teddy bear - it's another hippie! It's not a corpse either -
it's in a sitting position and holding its hands. I have no
explanation, but as he appears in Bomb and Demolition (the only eps I
have so far examined for evidence), and these eps were made over six
months apart, it's not a one-off thing - there must be a reason!"
And while we're on the subject of strange things, the back of the house
(behind the kitchen area) appears to have been completely re-built between
Seasons 1 and 2. I guess the gang came into some money in an untelevised