The Likely Lads

Film, Comedy
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Full credit to writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais for trying to open out The Likely Lads into a feature-length story, with no need of the TV series as a constant reminder. It works a lot of the time, with a solid background of the lads' sentimental attachment to old Newcastle, and the realities of high-rise flats and married life as they increasingly look their age. And of course the characters and gags (Terry: 'I'd offer you a beer, Bob, but I've only got six cans') are terrific. Brigit Forsyth's Thelma is a genuine monster. Unfortunately, Michael Tuchner's direction is so flat that after about an hour the film does begin to seem like an extended TV special.

By: AN

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Tuchner
Screenwriter: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Cast: Rodney Bewes
James Bolam
Brigit Forsyth
Mary Tamm
Sheila Fern
Zena Walker
Alun Armstrong
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