Interesting (The Young Ones)

"Interesting" is the fifth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. It was written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, and directed by Paul Jackson. It was first broadcast on BBC2 on 7 December 1982.[1]

The Young Ones episode
Episode no.Series 1
Episode 5
Directed byPaul Jackson
Written byBen Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer
Original air date7 December 1982
Guest appearance(s)


It is an important evening ahead as the quartet host their first house party for their trendy student friends. After initial problems with Vyvyan's car-engine-powered vacuum cleaner, which sweeps up a morose hippy friend of Neil's, also called Neil (who is mercilessly shoved by Rick into the refrigerator) and an unexpected visit from an eager Christian (later crushed by a giant sandwich fallen out of the sky), the party gets under way in style. (In a short but memorable bit, Vyvyan tries to impress some girls, asking "Wanna see how many press-ups I can do?"; Vyvyan's resulting press-ups had the BBC censors - as recalled by Lise Mayer - thinking Vyvyan was simulating sexual intercourse.)

The party soon turns riotous, with many uninvited guests arriving from the pub. Neil is beaten up, only to awaken in his bed believing the whole episode was a dream. Neil gets out of bed and busies himself as the credits play. At the end, however, party noises cause Neil to realize that "This is the dream!" as he wakes up back at the party.


The episode features a guest appearance of the band Rip Rig + Panic performing "You're My Kind of Climate". Some other notable music playing throughout the progression of the party include "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of" by The Human League, "Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night and "It's My Party" by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin.


As with all episodes of The Young Ones, the main four characters were student flatmates Mike (Christopher Ryan); Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson); Rick (Rik Mayall) and Neil (Nigel Planer). Alexei Sayle starred as Tommy Balowski, aggressive drunkard and cousin of the students' landlord Jerzei.

Jennifer Saunders guest stars as a party guest, not long after Dawn French guest stars as the Christian. Mark Arden and Stephen Frost also appear as would-be party-crashers and Nicholas Ball plays Dr Jim Morrison, Rick's sociology lecturer, who attends the party.


  1. ""The Young Ones" Interesting (1984)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 1 May 2009. Original Air Date: 7 December 1982 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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