Rodney Bewes

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
  • Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

  • Thirteen classic BBC radio episodes, starring James Bolam and Rodney Bewes

    One of the most popular TV comedies of the Seventies, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? won a best sitcom BAFTA and attracted an audience of millions before being adapted for radio.

    In these 13 episodes, we catch up with Newcastle lads Bob and Terry as they meet by chance after years apart. Now engaged to Thelma, Bob is having pre-wedding nerves; while Terry, demobbed from the Army, is having trouble adjusting to life in civvy street. As they rekindle their friendship, Bob tries to find Terry a date, throws him a surprise party and takes him to the hairdressers to get a new look. In addition, Terry gets some shock news, and helps Bob get ready for his and Thelma’s big day…

    Originally lost from the BBC archive, the audio for many of these episodes was recovered by producer Stan Was, the BBC's Archive Treasure Hunt, and a listener to BBC7.

    The episodes included are Strangers on a Train, Home is the Hero, Cold Feet, Moving On, I’ll Never Forget Whatshername, Birthday Boy, No Hiding Place, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Storm in a Tea Chest, The Old Magic, Count Down, Boys’ Night In and End of an Era.

Rodney Bewes was born in 1937 and has been working in theatre, film and television for over fifty years.Appearing in the hugely successful sitcom The Likely Lads and its sequel as well as the hit show Dear Mother-Love Albert that he also wrote and produced. He has appeared in numerous films, plays and one-man shows. At Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his solo 3 Men in a Boat won the coveted Stella Artois Prize in 1997. Rodney is a member of The London Rowing Club and the Chelsea Arts Club, the Garrick Club and is a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. He lives with his wife Dahne in Henley and Cornwall. They have four children.