Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall writing new sitcom. But will it be as good as The Young Ones?


Ade Edmondson will star again with Rik Mayall in new old people’s sitcom

They’re best known for appearing as students in the anarchic sitcom The Young Ones, penned by Ben Elton back in the 1980s. But now, somewhat bizarrely, Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall are collaborating on a new sitcom all about…an old people’s home.

The comic duo promises the new show will be as crazy as their previous efforts, despite featuring a much older generation of characters. Adrian told The Sun newspaper: “Rik and I have an idea for a sitcom for when we are very, very old. We want to set it in an old people’s home 30 years hence.

“It will be like ‘Bottom’, but we will be hitting each other with colostomy bags.”

Adrian and Rik hadn’t worked together for eight years until a recent performance on Let’s Dance For Comic Relief and TV bosses are hopeful that their planned new venture will also see them work with ‘The Young Ones’ co-stars Nigel Planer and Christopher Ryan again.

One insider said: “It’s a genius idea to have Rik and Ade playing anarchic old fogeys.

“Fans and telly bosses would love to get Nigel and Christopher involved too – but they could need persuading.”

Somehow I don’t think it will be anywhere near as good as The Young Ones which really managed to capture the spirit of the times with its portrayal of struggling students on grants (remember them?) in Thatcher’s Britain. But I could be wrong. Maybe they will pull it off.

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