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Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? (1973-74)


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The Shape of Things to Come: originally transmitted on BBC1, 9/4/1974

Bob and Terry return to Terry's mother's house with portions of fish and chips. Bob harks back to their bachelor days in the '60s and worries that the past seems so much larger, while the future is shrinking and he has no time for the present. Terry accuses him of betraying his class and hiding from his past.

Terry's mother and sister arrive and tell them that Great-Uncle Jacob has died. Terry is saddened but the women claim he was a dissolute old rogue. Arriving at Jacob's old people's home, the nurses tell Bob and Terry how difficult he was. Terry praises Jacob as a real character who stood up to authority. Arguing his point when they arrive early at the crematorium, Terry accidentally presses a switch that sends the coffin into the furnace.

Having run away from the scene, they return for the wake. Terry persuades Bob to go drinking rather than have lunch with Thelma, but just then Joe Hargreaves, Jacob's best friend, appears. He tells them that Jacob ruined his life by sponging from him and leading him astray. Bob exclaims that he is just like Joe, and Terry is Jacob: unless he acts now he is condemned to the same fate. After he tells Terry he will return to Thelma and shall see him less, Terry says that she has just rang and that he told her that Bob would be at the pub until much later.