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Remembering Rik Mayall

"Rik was on the side of the underdog, the idiot, the struggler, the underclass"

By John Kelly  

Rik Mayall as Alan B’Stard in his satirical TV show The New Statesman ©PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Manchester University’s drama department featured an all-star cast in the mid-1970s with Rik, Adrian Edmonson and Ben Elton all in attendance. Also among the faculty was David (Doc) Mayer, a North American lecturer with a passing resemblance to The Cat in the Hat, whose daughter Lise was to become a creator and co-writer of The Young Ones. I was lucky enough to…

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