Scarborough’s unusual connection with the popular TV comedy What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads has been re-broadcast as part of a new showing of sitcom repeats.
The latest programme to be repeated on BBC4, the freeview channel, was Cold feet, the third in a series of 13 which were originally broadcast in the early 1970s.
Scarborough became a main part of the script by Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais when the forthcoming marriage of Bob, played by Rodney Bewes, to Thelma, played by Bridget Forsyth, was discussed.
Bob’s full name had been read out in church, revealing it was Robert Andrew Scarborough Ferris, which intrigued Terry, played by James Bolam.
The town, it was eventually coaxed out of Bob by Terry and much to his amusement, was the place of conception when Bob’s parents had gone for a short holiday, and the date was mentioned. “And they could work it out that precisely,” asks an incredulous Terry. To which Bob adds: “Apparently. Apparently. It was out of sentiment. My father was stationed there during the war.”
The programme was based in Newcastle in the 1960s and What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads was a sequel from a TV programme originally shown between 1964-66.