Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer reunite for a new disaster comedy, 41 years after the classic series first aired
The Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer have reunited for a new, quirky disaster comedy, 41 years after the classic series first aired.
The actors, who played long-haired paranoid hippie Neil and spiky-haired violence-loving punk Vyvyan in the groundbreaking BBC sitcom, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to discuss their play ahead of the opening show.
Joined in the studio by Susanna Reid and Ed Balls, the duo announced they had co-written It’s Headed Straight Towards Us, which comes to the Park Theater in Finsbury Park next month.
Adrian said: “We like each other, that’s the strange thing.” We got together to write this piece simply because we enjoy each other’s company.
“Writing is kind of about figuring out what the world is about.”
Together again: Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer have reunited for a new, quirky disaster comedy, 41 years after the classic series first aired
“And we try to make each other laugh,” Nigel added.
Speaking about the upcoming play, Adrian explained: “It’s about two actors, played by Sam West and Rufus Hound, and they hate each other.”
“You’re stuck in a Winnebago in Iceland, on a glacier, on a volcano that’s about to erupt.”
In the Rachel Kavanaugh-directed play, the main characters argue about old rivalries from drama school while the film set around them collapses.
Adrian and Nigel rose to fame with The Young Ones – a comedy about four students sharing a run-down house that ran from 1982 to 1984.
Last year, the show received a viewer strike for its release on streaming service BritBox.
The classic ’80s comedy includes a disclaimer regarding its jokes, warning viewers that the show contains “racist and homophobic” content.
Examples of outdated language used in the sitcom include a 1982 episode titled “Boring” in which Rik is approached by an obnoxious police officer who believes Rick is black and not white because of his sunglasses.
Review: The actors played long-haired paranoid hippie Neil and spiky-haired, violence-loving punk Vyvyan (LR Christopher Ryan as Mike, Rik Mayall as Rick, Adrian as Vyvyan and Nigel as Neil) in the groundbreaking BBC sitcom.
Project: Joining Susanna Reid and Ed Balls in the studio, it was announced that they have co-written It’s Headed Straight Towards Us, which will be performed at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park next month
He then refers to Rik as “Mr. Sambo Darkie C**n’ and ‘Mr. Rastas Chocolate Drop,” before joking that he thought Rick was “an N-word.”
An impact warning on Britbox now says: “Contains adult humour, violence, sexual references and racist language which may be offensive.”
Another episode warns that there is “homophobic language that could be offensive.”
A BritBox spokesperson said the streaming service’s content is “continually reviewed and updated” to “ensure the correct guidance is in place.” We continually review and update BritBox’s program catalog.
“Since our launch in November 2019, shows on the service that may contain sensitive language or settings of their time have been accompanied by appropriate warnings to ensure that the correct guidance is available to viewers who choose to watch on-demand stands.”