Whitley Bay Film Festival 2023
Tuesday 19th September 2023
50th Year anniversary of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? with special guest, festival patron, writer Ian La Frenais.
19th September at PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay Event Starts 7.00pm
Tickets available from Playhouse Whitley Bay
It was 1973 when Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? first hit our screens, the colour sequel to the mid-1960s hit The Likely Lads. It was created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, notable for some of the most popular comedies on British Television including Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Lovejoy, and many feature films including The Commitments, for which they won the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and Still Crazy, which won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Goal and The Bank Job.
In this very special and rare event we’ll be joined by our festival patron, writer Ian la Frenais. Ian will be chatting about his creative partnership with Dick Clement as they transitioned from writing for TV with the comedy classic The Likely Lads, to movies such as Otley and their 1971, deadly serious, gripping London crime picture - Villain.
Their return to TV comedy in 1973 saw Bob and Terry reunited in the award winning sequel ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?’
Ian will be sharing, first hand, the creative journey that brought this classic series to our screens along with clips and a screening of his selected episode.
This ‘not to be missed’ event will also include a Q & A.
Former BBC, award winning broadcaster/presenter Chris Jackson will be moderator for the evening.
Chris Jackson is a multi award-winning TV presenter, reporter, investigative journalist and documentary producer. Born in Newcastle he has spent most of his 40 years in radio & TV here in the region and is passionate about the North East and its representation on screen. He was formerly a reporter and presenter on Look North and for 18 years was the face of BBC One's most popular current affairs programmes "Inside Out”.