Win tickets to see this pair of Likely Lads

UNIVERSITY TALK: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
UNIVERSITY TALK: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
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FANS who missed out on the chance to see top comedy writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais can still grab some tickets.

The scriptwriting duo will discuss their career and look at three movies they wrote inspired by music at their free talk – We’re With The Band – at Sunderland University next month.

Tickets for the event were snapped up within 24 hours, but now fans of the creators of Porridge, Auf Wiedesehen, Pet and the Likely Lads have a second chance to win a pair – as well as seeing some great movies.

The university will show their films over a three-week-period mext month.

The Commitments will be screened on Thursday, November 7, then Still Crazy the following Thursday, and ending with Across the Universe on Thursday, November 21. At each showing there will be five pairs of tickets up for grabs to their talk on November 22.

Dick Clement said: “Ian and I are delighted to hear that Sunderland is screening all three films.

“The Commitments was adapted from the novel by Roddy Doyle, about a bunch of young working class Dublin kids who form a soul band. It won several nominations and awards, including the Evening Standard Peter Sellers award for comedy.

“We’d like as many people at possible to see the films before our talk.”

The pair began writing together in the 1960s, and their trademark combination of dramatic plot lines and sharp, naturalistic dialogue created some classic British comedy.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Auf Wiedersehen Pet and the 40th anniversary of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads.

All of the films will be shown at the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Chester Road, at 6.30pm, tickets are free, but must be booked in advance by emailing: or call 0191 5153265.

The talk by the duo is part of the University of Sunderland’s Discover series, which consists of talks by celebrated national figures as well as panel discussions, live interviews, and film and TV screenings with people having the chance to quiz renowned artists, politicians, business people and scientists.