Series 1, Episode 3
Boring Title
Air date 23 November 1982
Written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer
Directed by Paul Jackson
Episode Guide

The quartet are bored to exasperation, despite the fact that there are roller skating vegetables in the kitchen sink. Several other remarkable and unlikely phenomena occur around them throughout the episode, entirely unnoticed by the characters, as they attempt to find something to relieve their boredom. Even a televised siege that spills into their living room goes unnoticed.

A visit to the local pub, where Vyvyan meets his mother, and Rick and Neil both reveal that they don't drink. At one point Neil suggests they go to college, but the idea is quickly rejected by his housemates.

In reference to the story of The Three Bears, Goldilocks rejects the lentils that Neil has prepared (she dismisses it as "bloody hippie food"), and the Three Bears also reject the lentils and opt to "go to McDonald's" instead.

As they drift off to sleep for another night, a UFO lands on their roof, with Neil still obliviously sitting on his windowsill.

Basic informationEdit

Boring was the third episode of The Young Ones, a British sitcom. It was written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, and directed by Paul Jackson. It was first aired on BBC2 on 23 November 1982.


Click here for transcript of this episode. [Note: on the site it notes this episode as no. 4, rather than 3.]


  • This episode is rarely repeated on television, because of its racial content. Racial slurs are spoken in a scene by a Caucasian policeman, referencing the severe racial issues that affected the police at this time. When it is shown on television, it is edited to remove these references.
  • The exterior shots of the pub scene were filmed at the Westbury Park Tavern in Bishopston, Bristol.