Whilst growing up I remember watching almost every feature film based on classic comedy shows, but to be honest this movie version of The Likely Lads is the only one that stands head and shoulders above all the rest.
A rather unusual pre-credits sequence shows us how Bob and Terry were conceived (both during war time) and following a great theme tune, we then get into the movie proper. Bob is having a mid life crisis as things around him change and Terry has moved with his parents to a high rise flat (you don't see his parents in the movie though) and found a rather beautiful girlfried called Chris (played by the lovely Mary Tamm). After a caravanning weekend consisting of Bob, Terry, Thelma and Chris things go from bad to worse for Bob and it does seem for a while that his marriage to Thelma is over, but eventually things do work out but what happens to Bob in the closing moments of the film is anyone's guess.
There are some real magic moments in the film, like Bob being rescued from the roof of a derelict building by firemen, to Bob falling through the floorboards of his old house as it is being knocked down.
Classic lines include Bob going to see Terry while he is fishing and Terry says "Do you want a coffee, I'd offer you a beer but I've only got six cans", or the hilarious moment when after playing bridge in the caravan Terry goes outside to relieve himself. As you can hear him tiddling Chris says how embarrased she is to which Thelma replies "Oh don't worry, it's the first time all night I've known what he's got in his hand". Priceless comedy and sadly a partnership that will never happen again as Rodney Bewes and James Bolam fell out years ago and have never spoken since.