The Young Ones (1982–1984)
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London is flooded and Vyvyan, Rick, Neil and Mike find themselves trapped in the house with Mr. Balowski, who has turned into an ax-wielding homicidal maniac.


Paul Jackson (uncredited)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Edmondson ... Vyvyan / Alien Spotter (as Ade Edmondson)
Rik Mayall ... Rick / Alien Spotter
Nigel Planer ... Neil
Christopher Ryan ... Mike
Alexei Sayle ... the Balowski Family
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... Gravedigger / Boy in Comic Strip
Jim Barclay Jim Barclay ... Policeman in Comic Strip
Arnold Brown Arnold Brown ... Prisoner
Ben Elton Ben Elton ... DJ / Cat
Stephen Frost ... Gravedigger / Boy in Comic Strip (as Steve Frost)
Gareth Hale Gareth Hale ... Soldier
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... The White Witch
Norman Pace ... Soldier
David Rappaport ... Shirley
Cindy Shelley Cindy Shelley ... Girl on Radio


London is flooded and Vyvyan, Rick, Neil and Mike find themselves trapped in the house with Mr. Balowski, who has turned into an ax-wielding homicidal maniac.

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water | dwarf | snow | demand | counting | See All (53) »




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Release Date:

14 December 1982 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justine Lord's final acting role. See more »


When Vivian leaves the land of Narnia. Vivian's mouth doesn't move when Vivian screams as he slides down a dark tunnel when he enters a tree in the land of Narnia. See more »


DJ: And exactly how long have you been in the music biz?
Girl on Radio: Since lunchtime. I was working in a well known laundrette in the King's Road this morning.
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References The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958) See more »

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The Young Ones
14 August 2006 | by aaronandjoeSee all my reviews

'Flood' is definitely one of the best episodes of 'The Young Ones'. It contains everything a Britcom should have; a cat-comedian, a flooded London, a plot to eat a hippie and a homicidal axe-wielding maniac. This episode, and indeed the entire two series of 'The Young Ones', is a cult classic, and delightfully quotable. Something the Americans can't quite get a hold of is the fact that violence is only funny when there's no blood. This is because it is the exact opposite of reality. In 'Flood', Rik can be seen ramming a pin into Vyvyan's head, before an enraged Vyvyan picks up the nearest axe and advances on a blubbering Rik with it. This is only before Neil enters, panicky and stating that Rik's bedroom is on fire! They then discover that their house is at the bottom of the sea; London's flooded! It is now that the students' already insane landlord hacks a hole in the door with an axe, having become a homicidal axe-wielding maniac! Oh well, in the words of Neil: "Out of the frying pan, into another frying pan..."

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