Analysis of Transcript - Young Ones Essay

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Analysis of Transcript - Young Ones


I have chosen to analyse the beginning of the first episode in the first series of the 80’s TV comedy ‘The Young Ones’. This particular text appeals to me because it is important in how it introduces the characters, as this is the first time the audience ever meet them.

Relative Status:

Rick and Neil are both students living in the same house; therefore their status should be equal though both are striving for dominance. Rick is defiantly the more dominant of the two, due to his extrovert personality.

Both characters are self-centred, for instance, at the beginning of the scene; Neil delivers a monologue where he talks about himself
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This is denoted by the way Neil talks to himself or arguably the audience, about what is going on. His frequent use of fillers such as ‘right’ and ‘like’ emphasize the chatty, personal speech and helps make a scripted conversation flow like a natural one. These fillers also make Neil more real and human; this helps the audience to relate to him. This is especially important as the character of Neil is arguably there to be sympathised with.

When Rick is discussing his poem about Cliff Richard, Neil is talking about how he is going to kill himself, this is an attempt to change the topic of conversation, however he fails as Rick is the dominant speaker. Thus, two separate conversations run parallel with each other.


The lexis within my transcript is informal, conversational and often colloquial. For example words such as ‘eh’, ‘huh’, ‘yeah’ and ‘gonna’ are examples of conversational lexis. There are also examples of clichéd ‘hippy’ lexis used by Neil, such as ‘man’, ‘heavy’, ‘karma’ and ‘suss out’, these form the semantic field of spiritualists, which reinforce stereotypical ideas about students and ‘hippies’.

Rick’s poem displays many typical features of a poem, with the use of rhyme and repetition. For example, the rhyming of ‘as if’ and ‘a cliff’ immediately allows the audience to recognise that it is a poem. The poem
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