Entertainment

Unseen footage of The Young Ones to be released for sitcom's 40th anniversary

The TV show first aired on BBC Two in 1982 and ran until 1984.

Unseen footage of The Young Ones is to be released for the first time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic British sitcom.

The TV show first aired on BBC Two in 1982 and ran until 1984, bringing with it the energy and irreverence of the new alternative comedy movement.

It followed the comedic adventures and dysfunctional relationships of four misfit, house-sharing students at Scumbag College.

The sitcom first aired on BBC Two in 1982 and ran until 1984 (Ed Wooden/BBC/PA)

Starring Adrian Edmondson as punk medical student Vyvyan “Vyv” Basterd, Rik Mayall as anarchist revolutionary Rick, Nigel Planer as hippy Neil Pye, Christopher Ryan as Mike “the cool person” and Alexei Sayle as their landlord Jerzei, it helped make the actors household names.

It became known for its comic caricature, slapstick, infantile humour, rants and surreal jokes set against Thatcher’s Britain.

Mayall also co-wrote the show alongside Ben Elton and Lise Mayer, with Paul Jackson and Geoff Posner as directors.

To mark 40 years since its launch, The Young Ones: Complete Collection will be released on Blu-ray on November 28 with a host of bonus features.

The show became known for its comic caricature, slapstick, infantile humour, rants and surreal jokes set against Thatcher’s Britain (Ed Wooden/BBC/PA)

Among the special additions are never seen before deleted scenes, 10 new commentaries from the cast and crew and rediscovered clips from the cutting room floor.

An extensive photo gallery featuring the original music score and unpublished images from the production team also feature in the anniversary package among other extras.

The Young Ones: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Boxset will be available on the November 28.