Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads cast now – co-star feud to abrupt CBB exit

Northern sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads is the latest old show to be slapped down by the woke police.

The seventies hit about the friendship between working class blokes Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) and Terry Collier (James Bolam) has been hit with a content warning after being added to BritBox.

It was the colour sequel to the mid-1960s hit The Likely Lads. It was created and written, as was its predecessor, by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Viewers are warned the show “contains language and attitudes of the period that may offend” and “sexist, racist and homophobic content”.

Daily Star finds out what did actually happen to the cast.

Rodney Bewes

During an interview with Michael Parkinson in 2005, Rodney revealed he and James had not spoken for 30 years after letting slip to the press when his co-star’s wife was pregnant.

James was allegedly so furious when he found out that he mounted the pavement of the car he was driving and nearly crashed into a lamp post.

Rodney, who appeared on The Basil Brush Show, had his own sitcom Dear Mother… Love Albert, which he created and co-wrote, died in 2017 before making amends.

He also had a guest role in Doctor Who and made films including The Wildcats of St Trinian’s before his passing.

James Bolam

Straight drama came calling James after the show ended, with roles in When The Boat Comes In, New Tricks and The Last Days of the Lehman Brothers.

He stepped up as former PM Harold Wilson in BBC documentary The Plot Against Harold Wilson and played Harold Shipman in the ITV drama about the serial killer.

Treading the boards came calling too, with theatre roles in Ben Elton’s Gasping and Wiliam Ivory’s Bomber’s Moon.

Sheila Fearn

From playing Terry’s older sister Audrey Collier to a girlfriend of Ronnie Corbett’s in Sorry!, Sheila also chalked up a spell in sitcom George and Mildred.

However she felt forced to retire from acting aged 48 after falling from a mountain and breaking a leg.

The limp she was left with she felt casting directors would find off-putting so she closed the curtains on that part of her life.

Bill Owen

He was George Chambers – Thelma’s father – in What’s Happened To The Likely Lads but Bill went on to become much better known and hugely loved by telly fans as Compo Simmonite in Last Of The Summer Wine.

He worked until his death from pancreatic cancer in 1999, dying on the birthday of Kathy Staff, who played Compo’s love interest Nora Batty.

Noel Dyson

Taking on the role of Thelma’s mother, former Coronation Street actress Noel, who played Ken Barlow’s mum Ida, crammed in a CV to be proud of following Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads.

She was the long-suffering wife of Arthur Lowe in the sitcom Potter, had bit parts in Bergerac, Casualty and Heartbeat as played John Hurt’s mum in 1983 film Champions.

Christopher Biggins

Bob and Terry’s friend Podge has continued to fill screens in a variety of ways including the original series of Poldark, co-hosting Surprise Surprise, winning the seventh series of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

He was booted out of Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 for offensive comments and continues now to be a regular on the panto circuit.

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