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Likely Lads likely to be popular on North return

November 17, 2013


THE writers behind some of the North's best loved comedies will be returning to the region next week.

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the men behind The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, are giving a sold-out talk as part of Sunderland University's Discover series.

In their talk, We're with the Band, the duo will discuss their career, and look at three films they wrote inspired by music: Still Crazy, Across the Universe and the classic The Commitments. The talk will be illustrated with clips from those films.

The talk coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first ever episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and the public will have the opportunity to ask them questions as part of a Q&A session.

The pair began writing together in a London pub in the 1960s. They were among the first scriptwriters to get regional dialects and working-class situation comedy onto the small screen. Now living in Los Angeles, their film work has ensured they are busier than ever, more than 40 years after their first comedies aired on the BBC.

The Discover series follows on from last year's successful public lectures at the university, with talks by national figures, plus panel discussions, live interviews, and film and TV screenings. Other people who will be giving lectures will be war correspondent Kate Adie, film producer David Parfitt and Jason Cook, creator and writer of the popular sitcom Hebburn.

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