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Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. Tod Kelly says:

    This is sad news indeed. The Young Ones is one of my all-time favorite shows; I can’t remember an TV show that felt as subversive to me when it aired as that one. And even though Nigel Planer was everybody else’s favorite Young One*, I always liked Mayhill best. Best episodes: the one where they’re on University Challenge, and the one where the flood traps them with an axe-weiling homicidal maniac.

    RIP, People’s Poet.

    *Though many years later Planer would ruin all other audiobooks forever for me by reading the DIscworld novels for Isis Audio. I would rather listen to him read Lord sand Ladies for the upteenth time than listen to anyone else read anything.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      It will surprise exactly no one to learn that Young Ones was extremely influential to my still-developing sense of humor at that time. It really was a live-action cartoon, mixing highbrow and lowbrow and slapstick with abandon.

      And yeah, Rik (ideally paired with Vyvyan, played by his long-running comedy partner Ade Edmondson) was the best. This definitely made me sad.

      Remember when they discovered oil in the basement, and Mike was exploiting them to dig it, so Rik tried to foment a workers’ revolution, complete with a benefit concert (“Doctor Marten’s BOOTS”)?

      Favorite episode: Probably “Video Nasty” (YES WE’VE GOT A VIDEO!). It had The Damned in it, lots of Alexi Sayle, and this wonderful exchange:

      “…A vampire!”
      “….In a parcel!”
      “…In the kitchen!”
      Neil (mournfully, of course): “Hate mail…”

      And I STILL say “God, I’m so BORED. We might as well be sitting ’round listening to Genesis.”Report