This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
* Lots of bands were featured in the Young Ones. Why was this? Simply
so the show came under the BBC's Entertainment budget rather than
Variety, and accordingly got more money.
* There is an out-take available on the first Bloopers compilation -
which is available from BBC Video I think. It's a clip from the
beginning of Sick, where they're all in bed and Vyvian throws a
bottle of Vodka into (Neils?) bedroom. In the outtake the burning rag
falls out of the bottle whilst he's holding it, and sets fire to the
* As part of the burping, punches and other sound effects, Ian Tomlin
resorted to wiring up a microphone to his own baby's backside....
* There was a joke in BORING where a policeman thought someone was
black, and subjected him to a torrent of racial abuse : "That's white
man's electricity you're using, Mr Rastus Chocolate Drop" etc.
Unfortuately, the production office got a letter from a teacher
saying that while she understood the point of the joke, she found the
one black boy in his class was having the same abuse levelled at him.
* The BAMBI episode won the Golden Rose at the Montreux Television
* The band Primus sampled Rik saying 'You just called me a bastard,
didn't you?', and Ade saying 'Shut up you bastard' on their album
Sailing The Seas of Cheese, on the last track... Just in case you
* Neil made a cameo appearance on the 45 minute video of the making of
Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Quite hilarious,
* There was a Young Ones computer game that came out in the mid-1980s
for the Amstrad CPC, Spectrum and Commodore 64. It was a
platform-type game (quelle surprise) - and if you went through the
wardrobe, you ended up in Narnia! If you have a PC-compatible
machine, you might want to try downloading and playing the game
yourself thanks to a C64 emulator, available at http://arnold.hiof.no
- just try to smash the VCR... :-)
* On a recent episode of University Challenge, a contestant, stumped
for an answer, finally came up with "Toxteth O'Grady, U.S.A." for an
answer. This brought the house down, apparently.
* An Australian band, 'Front End Loader' released a song called 'Travel
Scrabble Death', a line from Dawn French's Christian tirade in
Interesting. How did you ever live without knowing that fact?