I just had to mark the passing of one of the ‘Likely Lads’, Rodney Bewes who died today at the age of 79.
He was part of what in my opinion is the best sitcom ever to appear on British television, because not only was it funny, but each episode was a little play in its own right. A lot of that is down to the brilliant scriptwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, but the casting was perfect and a few actors might have been as good Rodney Bewes and James Bolam, but none could have been better.
When the original 60s series returned as “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads” depicting the characters and how their lives had changed years later, there was an element of nostalgia in the show that appealed to me and one of my closest friends. We saw a lot of ourselves in the characters and their situations, and we still often talk about the show fondly and watch re-runs.
Without wishing to sound maudlin, the wonderful old school we attended when we first watched it has been demolished, and now another part of our youth has gone.
Rest in peace “Bob Ferris” – Rodney Bewes.