Trivia / The Young Ones

  • Acting for Two: Alexei Sayle appeared as several members of the Balowski family.
    • Ben Elton appeared as the host of Nozin' Aroun' and as one of the Footlights as well as the guy in the beer commercial and one of the Grange Hill kids.
    • Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders played two different characters in "Interesting" and "Time".
    • The main four double up several times, including as coppers, the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse and the cast of a fake-out version of Dallas in one of Neil's dreams.
    • Rik Mayall also voiced SPG.
  • Actor Allusion: In the episode University Challenge the challengers from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" are played by Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson. Thompson, Fry and Laurie know each other from their time in the Footlights Club at Cambridge University, and the plotline was inspired by Fry's appearance on the real University Challenge in his student days. "Bambi", whose bias toward Footlights College drives this part of the plot, is played by Griff Rhys Jones, who was also in the Footlights Club. (The real life Bamber Gascoigne was a member in the 1950s too.)
  • California Doubling: Despite being set in North London, the external scenes were actually filmed in Bristol, just over 100 miles away; the show's producer, Paul Jackson, lived in Bristol at the time. The house used for the external scenes is in Codrington Road, Bristol.
  • Creator Backlash: Alexei Sayle initially wasn't too fond of "Bambi", probably the best-known episode, allegedly because it gave too much focus to the "lighter", college-educated side of the alternative comedy circuit.
  • Creator Couple: Rik Mayall co-wrote the series with his then-girlfriend Lise Mayer.
  • The Danza: Rik Mayall as Rick.note 
  • Dawson Casting: The characters are university undergraduates but Nigel Planer (Neil) was 29 during the first series and Christopher Ryan (Mike) was 32. Though it is sort of hinted that Mike is more mature than the others and in any case he's only at the university through bribery and blackmail. Adrian Edmondson (Vvyan) and Rik Mayall however weren't too far off the average age of an undergraduate, being 25 and 24 respectively.
  • Deleted Role: Colin Baker taped a sketch portraying the evil Count Dustbug, which was deleted from the finished edition.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Ade Edmondson, who played bloody, violent Vyvyan, is much nicer in contrast to his character, and says he only ever gets violent when drunk, and would never reach Vyvyan's levels. He's also famously easy to work with, and asks his fellow actors exactly what they'd ask from him to make it easier to do. When Rik Mayall died, he offered an honest goodbye to his old friend, and even included one last heartwarming joke just because he knew Rik would like it.
    • Rik Mayall was also famously easy to work with, and did many charity runs because of his fame, in part because of what it would draw because of him, and also to show he wasn't like Rick, or any of the other "complete bastard" characters he played.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Everything about this show screams The '80s.
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