Plaque for Rik – forever a Young One

June 27 2014

A BISHOPSTON property made famous by The Young Ones - a British sitcom starring Rik Mayall - is to have a plaque outside commemorating the comedian who died last month.

A BISHOPSTON property made famous by The Young Ones - a British sitcom starring Rik Mayall - is to have a plaque outside commemorating the comedian who died last month.

The landlord of the house, Mike Kendall, has said that he is happy for a blue plaque to be affixed to the property, located on the corner of Broadway Road and Codrington Road, in memory of the star. Bunch of flowers dedicated to Rik
 
Flowers, candles and a glass jar with an anarchist symbol, still adorn the outside wall with heartfelt messages and condolences.

One message wrote: "Dear Rik, thank you for all the colour you brought into our lives."

Another said: "RIP Rick, you're the best and will be missed by all. It's a shame you couldn't cheat death twice."

Mayall was recognised for his outlandish, energetic character and alternative, "post-punk" approach to comedy. As well as cult classic sitcoms, he also starred in several films, Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999).

The Young Ones series, which was aired on the BBC from 1982 to 1985, featured four students, played by Mayall, Adrian Edmonson, Nigel Planer and Christopher Ryan.

The property now houses four flats; one is owned and the other three are rented.

According to Mr Kendall, the series was mainly filmed in a studio, but there is still the recognisable inner stained glass door that was in the hall.

Mr Kendall said: "It is a fabulous piece of Bristol history and an iconic building in that phase of new politically aware comedy of the 80s.

"It is great that it is being recognised. The Young Ones only made 12 episodes and yet made an indelible mark on British comedy."

Mayall passed away on June 9 after suffering from a heart attack.

Rik Mayall house