Ian La Frenais

Ian La Frenais

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1937-01-07 (84 years old) · Gender: Male

34 Movies · 15 TV shows

Biography

Ian La Frenais (born 7 January 1936) is an English writer best known for his creative partnership with Dick Clement. They are most famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge and its sequel Going Straight, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Early Life

La Frenais was born in Monkseaton, Northumberland; his father was an accountant. As a child at Park Primary School in Whitley Bay, La Frenais enjoyed art and writing. He then attended Dame Allan's Boys School in Newcastle upon Tyne, and completed his National Service in the British Army. After working as a salesman for a tobacco company, he began composing songs for a weekly satirical programme on Tyne Tees Television and then moved to London where he worked for a market research company.He supports Newcastle United in football.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

1 Movie
An Accidental Studio

An Accidental Studio

2019
Charts the early years of HandMade Films seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, key personnel, and the man who started it all: former Beatle George Harrison.

2017.

1 Movie
My Generation

My Generation

2017
British film icon Michael Caine's personal journey through 1960s swinging London is a vivid and inspiring story.

2016.

1 Movie
British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

2016
Documentary celebrating the British sitcom and taking a look at the social and political context from which our favourite sitcoms grew. We enjoy a trip through the comedy archive in the company of the...

2013.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Back With The Boys Again

Back With The Boys Again

2013
The cast, writers and crew of the show gathered in September to reminisce and celebrate the show that made it trendy to be a Geordie. The story of a dog. This DVD has previously unseen footage from Su...
TV
Spies of Warsaw

Spies of Warsaw

2013
A military attache at the French embassy in Warsaw is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salon and back alleys of Warsaw. A classic tale of espionage, intrigue, a...

2011.

1 Movie
Killing Bono

Killing Bono

2011
The true story of Neil and Ivan McCormick, two Irish brothers who attempt to become rock stars but can only look on as their high school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.

2008.

2 Movies
The Bank Job

The Bank Job

5.17
2008
Terry is a small-time car dealer who wants to start a family. Martine is from Terry's old neighbourhood and she knows that Terry is not an angel. Terry is aware of the danger when Martine proposes a p...
Marty Feldman: Six Degrees of Separation

Marty Feldman: Six Degrees of Separation

2008
A documentary about the legendary and influential comedian, actor and writer, who went out from the BBC to conquer Hollywood, but sadly the system quickly withdrew its support when they couldn't conta...

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Across the Universe

Across the Universe

10
2007
Waves of change are re-shaping the nation when a young dockworker leaves his hometown to find his father in the United States. Lucy joined the anti-war movement and fell in love with Jude. The politic...
TV
Comedy Map of Britain

Comedy Map of Britain

2007
Comedy Map of Britain is a BBC documentary series which visits the places that have inspired many of Britain's leading comedians. It first aired on BBC Two in 2007 and 2008. Narrated by veteran broad...

2006.

1 Movie
Flushed Away

Flushed Away

6.31
2006
A mouse is flushed down the toilet by a sewer rat. In the sewer bowels of Ratropolis, you can catch a glimpse of Roddy, Rita, the rat-hating Toad, and Spike and Whitey.

2005.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Archangel

Archangel

2005
A very unexpected visitor shows up in the hotel of a dissipated, middle-aged former Oxford historian who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives.
Goal!

Goal!

5.04
2005
Santiago aspires to be a professional footballer, like millions of kids around the world. He thinks living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles is a dream. An extraordinary turn of events has him try...
TV
The Rotters' Club

The Rotters' Club

2005
The adaptation of Jonathon Coe's novel follows a group of teenagers and their families through the 1970s.

2000.

1 Movie
Honest

Honest

2000
The film is a black comedy about swinging London in the 60s. The All Saints girls play street wise sisters who go up West to steal and cause trouble.

1998.

1 Movie
Still Crazy

Still Crazy

1998
It was the Strange Fruit in the 70s. They lived the rock lifestyle to the max, groupies, drugs, internal tension and an ex front man died from an overdose. They died when lightning struck the stage. W...

1997.

1 Movie
Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage

1997
In the process of faking her own kidnapping, a rich brat ends up locked in the trunk of a car that has been stolen.

1996.

1 TV show
TV
Tracey Takes On...

Tracey Takes On...

1996
A person takes on a challenge. It is a comedy show. The show ran for four seasons and was commissioned after the success of the 1993 comedy special "Tracey Ullman Takes on New York." Each episode focu...

1993.

2 Movies
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act

1993
The British class system was satired in a series of 15 minute programmes, which were expanded to include roles played by Michael Palin andTracey Ullman.
Tracey Ullman Takes on New York

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York

1993
Tracey Ullman and her wacky cast of characters take a bite out of the Big Apple.

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Spender

Spender

1991
After a failed undercover operation in London, Jimmy Nail was forced to return to his native place of residence. He uses tough and unconventional methods to tackle the criminal underworld, but he must...
The Commitments

The Commitments

6
1991
Jimmy Rabbitte's slum home is Barrytown. He needs musicians and singers first, and things start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females in his back yard, a lead singer at a wedding, and an ag...

1988.

1 Movie
Vice Versa

Vice Versa

5.33
1988
A father is transformed into his son by an oriental skull.

1986.

1 TV show
TV
Lovejoy

Lovejoy

5
1986
Lovejoy is an antiques dealer. He has a reputation as a divvie, a person with almost supernatural powers for distinguishing exceptional items as well as distinguishing genuine antique from clever fake...

1985.

1 Movie
Water

Water

1985
A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company discovers a huge source of natural mineral water there.

1983.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Sunset Limousine

Sunset Limousine

1983
Alan O'Black is a comic who wants to hit it big. But his endless attempts at stardom have worn down his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Julie. Thinking she'll give him another chance if he gets a...
Bullshot

Bullshot

1983
Captain Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is an ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap who must save the world from the villainous Count Otto van Bruno....
TV
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

6
1983
Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queue and travel to Germany to work on a site. We follow the trials of working away from home and away from the women they left be...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Wogan

Wogan

1982
Wogan is a British talk show.

1979.

3 Movies
Porridge

Porridge

1979
The times are hard for SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA SALVAGEDATA. The new prison officer, Beale, makes MacKay look soft and what's more, an escape...
The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda

1979
Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment. Friends of the new King of Ruritania fear for his life and switch him with a look-a-like London cabby. Enjoy life at its zaniest if...
Elton John: To Russia... with Elton

Elton John: To Russia... with Elton

1979
The concert was given in Moscow, Russia.

1978.

2 TV shows
TV
The South Bank Show

The South Bank Show

1978
The South Bank Show was produced by ITV between 1978 and 2010 and was a television arts magazine show. Sky Arts started a new series on May 27th. The show is presented by Melvyn Bragg and aims to brin...
TV
Going Straight

Going Straight

5.86
1978
Going Straight is a BBC sitcom which was a direct spin-off from Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker as Norman Stanley Fletcher, newly released from the fictional Slade Prison where the earlier series had...

1976.

1 Movie
The Likely Lads

The Likely Lads

1976
With the destruction of their previous neighbourhood has inevitably come the destruction of the lads’ favoured watering hole The Fat Ox. Again, it’s Bob rather than Terry who is visibly distressed by ...

1975.

1 TV show

1974.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Percy's Progress

Percy's Progress

1974
Percy, the man with the world's first penis transplant, discovers that there is a chemical in the city's water that makes men impotent.
TV
Thick As Thieves

Thick As Thieves

1974
Two friends are in a love triangle.
TV
Porridge

Porridge

5.33
1974
There were three series, two Christmas specials and a feature film from 1974 to 1977. The novel features two inmates at a fictional HMP in Cumberland. "Doing porridge" is a British term for serving a ...

1971.

2 Movies
Catch Me a Spy

Catch Me a Spy

1971
A man is taken by the Russian government while on vacation. She develops an attraction to the one she thinks is a good candidate after one attempt fails and she begins looking for a suitable spy to ca...
Villain

Villain

1971
There are plans for a raid on the wages van of a plastic factory. The job is complicated by the fact that he has to work with another mobster's firm. Wolfe and Draycott get caught in a web of their ow...

1969.

2 Movies
The Virgin Soldiers

The Virgin Soldiers

1969
The romantic triangle is formed by a conscripted soldier named Private Brigg, a worldly professional soldier named Sergeant Driscoll, and the daughter of the Sergeant Major. The British army base in S...
Hannibal Brooks

Hannibal Brooks

1969
An Asian elephant is being looked after by a POW in a zoo. The director of the zoo decided that it was not safe for his elephant Lucy to remain there after the Americans bombed the zoo. He sent Brooks...

1968.

2 Movies
The Touchables

The Touchables

1968
A British rock star with a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. Four cute young girls kidnap a singer. The poor fellow is rescued by his friends after several days of sex and degradation.
Otley

Otley

1968
Someone is mistaken for a murderer and a secret agent.

1967.

1 Movie
The Jokers

The Jokers

1967
The Crown Jewels were taken from the Tower of London by brothers Michael and David.

1961.

1 TV show
TV
Comedy Playhouse

Comedy Playhouse

1961
Comedy Playhouse is a long-running British anthology series of one-off unrelated sitcoms that aired for 120 episodes from 1961 to 1975. Many episodes later graduated to their own series, including Ste...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
Sean Is Back

Sean Is Back

The making of Never Say Never Again was done in 1983.
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