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Rik Mayall, star of
The Young Ones, dies aged 56

BBC News, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 6/9/2014 1:19:27 PM

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56, according to his management team. He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson before the duo later went on to star in their sitcom Bottom. Mayall also appeared in shows including Blackadder and The New Statesman. He died at home in London. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious. They said they were called to reports of a sudden death of a man in his 50s at 13:19 BST on Monday, in Barnes in south west London. The actor, who was married with three children,

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As a faithful watcher of British TV, am not sure who he is. But, judging by the large body of his work, he will definitely be missed on the other side of the Pond.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: spinpilot, 6/9/2014 1:57:20 PM     (No. 9878680)

RIP Rik. Your comedy has been a part of my everyday life for many years. I thought the Filthy, Rich, and Catflap series to be some of the best complexly witted comedy I have ever seen. One you could watch over and over and still find little nuggets you missed before.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: varkdriver, 6/9/2014 1:58:17 PM     (No. 9878683)

While stationed in England in the 1980´s, we watched Blackadder all the time. An excellent comedy with Rowan Atkinson that covered the adventures of the title character during different historical periods.

Rik Mayall played a British WWI fighter pilot who crash-landed near Capt Blackadder´s trench in the episode "Private Plane". The screamingly funny interaction between the swaggering Royal Flying Corps and the ground-bound Army was a huge hit in our F-111 squadron. Also starred a young Hugh Laurie as an Army officer smitten by the pilot. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0526714/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Sample lines:
Sqdn Cmdr Flasheart (Mayall): "Why does Cmdr Flasheart wear no underwear?"
Flying student class: "We don´t know, sir."
Flasheart: "Because the pants haven´t been built yet that´ll take the job on!!!!"

RIP, Mr Mayall. All of us aviators raise a glass to you!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: killerbee, 6/9/2014 3:49:33 PM     (No. 9878819)

Aw. RIP.

My sister and I used to watch The Young Ones and thought it was really funny. I´m sure we didn´t get all the humor, but the characters were funny enough to cross the pond.

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