Christmas DVD review – ‘The Likely Lads’ (1976 film)


Hello everyone! 🙂

This is a review on one of my Dad’s Christmas presents for this year!

This is the 1976 film of ‘The Likely Lads’, based on the BBC sitcom series, starring James Bolam as Terry and Rodney Bewes as Bob. I enjoyed this film very much and I’m glad that my Dad enjoyed it too, since he was into watching ‘The Likely Lads’ when he was growing up during the 1960s and 70s.

It was fun to see ‘The Likely Lads’ in their cinema-screen movie together. I assume this movie takes place after ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads’ on TV, since Bob and Brigit Forsyth as Thelma are still married by this point. This film is by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the writers of the TV series.

It was amusing to see these two guys up to their usual troubles from the TV series. The highlight of this DVD for me was seeing Mary Tamm as Christina, Terry’s girlfriend. It was great to see Mary Tamm in a movie before she played Romana in ‘Doctor Who’ in ‘The Key to Time’ series in 1978-79.

In the movie, Bob and Thelma with Terry and Christina (who happens to be Finnish) go touring the North of England in a caravan. I found it very funny when Bob and Terry drive the car towing the caravan with Thelma and Christina inside. Things go wrong when the guys lose the girls on their way.

Other things happen in the film that strains Bob’s marriage to Thelma. The strongest aspect of the movie is how Bob and Terry interact with each other as friends, as it translates well from the TV series into the film. I’m very sure many ‘Likely Lads’ enjoyed this movie when it was shown at cinemas.

‘The Likely Lads’ film is one of those quaintest examples of British film comedies during the 70s. It was a little naughty in places, but it was interesting to see ‘The Likely Lads’ in their movie outing and I was delighted to see Mary Tamm in this film. So long as my Dad liked this ‘Likely Lads’ film I gave him for Christmas, I’m happy indeed!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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