The Likely Lads (1976)

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Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »


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24 May 2016 | Prismark10
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| Not likely to make you laugh
In the 1970s there it was fashionable to adopt British television sitcoms into feature length films. Dads Army, Man about the House, Are you being served, Steptoe & Son as well as others appeared in the cinemas with varying success.

The Likely Lads is regarded as one of the better film adaptations of a sitcom. I hate to see the worse ones as this one really is pants with actually no story-line.

Terry (James Bolam) is working class, divorced and prone to be a layabout. His childhood friend Bob (Rodney Bewes) is happily married and has middle class aspirations.

Both live in a Newcastle undergoing rapid change in the 1970s which is noted in the titles of the BBC series Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, the sequel to the original series of the sitcom The Likely Lads.

The plot seems to be Terry has a new Finnish girlfriend and along with Bob and Thelma they go on a caravanning holiday. The duo pick up a few dolly birds, lose their spouses and end up in the doghouse. They stay at a guest-house as they have no homes to go and as you did in the 1970s, Terry chats up the landlady and dull Bob chats up her nubile daughter.

I almost laughed once. It was worth seeing for scenes of the north east in the 1970s which is the only recommendation.

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