This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
Upon the first screening of the pilot episode to the BBC's Head of
Variety, he was apparently "completely baffled..." However, the programme
was given a go-ahead for its' first series since Channel 4 had just been
created, and the BBC was scared that Channel 4 would end up recruiting all
the raw talent.