4 Idle Hands
1 9 7 6 (UK)
“Maybe we’re not ready for the outside world.”
“Is the outside world ready for us?”
Life has never been easy for school-leavers, and 16-year-old Mike Dudds (Phil Daniels) and Pete Sutton (Ray Burdis) are no different to millions of others.
Neither has a vocation to follow or any demonstrable skills. Their sense of responsibility is slowly maturing, but they still can’t resist practical jokes - like wrapping a master’s car in toilet rolls.
They are the despair of the careers officer and find themselves drifting from job to job - Mike reluctant to use his keen intellect, and Pete with his head filled with romantic but highly unlikely ambitions.
As Mike and Pete’s efforts to avoid the dole queue land them a succession of disastrous jobs, 4 Idle Hands humorously details the unremitting difficulties of adolescence.
First screened in 1976, this light-hearted series, aimed at teenage viewers features an early TV role for future Quadrophenia (1979) and EastEnders star Phil Daniels, with George Innes, Royston Tickner and Howard Goorney taking on the principal adult roles.