Rik Mayall: Top 5 finest moments
From Rick in The Young Ones to the grotesque but curiously familiar Alan B'stard, every one of Mayall's comedic creations were over-the-top and unforgettable. Here's our pick of some of the finer moments of Mayall-inspired mayhem:
Blackadder: Lord Flashheart's Grand Entrance
"Flash by name. Flash by nature ... Woof!" With his brains in his codpiece and manic exuberance, Mayall's turn as Lord Flashheart, Edmund Blackadder's best man, in Blackadder II (1986) is one of the most memorable scenes in the series.
The Young Ones: The Party
Managing to be both awful and childlike at the same time, Mayall, in his yellow dungarees presides over the grimmest student party ever with guest Jennifer Saunders. Mouse in a telescope, anyone?
The Young Ones: The Poem
"I'm not a fweak, you know," insists Rick before launching into his poetic tribute to Cliff Richard. "Oh, Cliff/Sometimes it must be/Diff... icult not to feel as if/You really are/A Cliff." Genius.
The New Statesman: Three-Line Whipping
"Stupid trollop!" Art imitates life as Mayall (playing the appalling Alan B'stard) takes ribald aim at the sexual peccadilloes of the Tory party.
Bottom: Richie Chops His Finger Off
Mayall and long-time comedic partner Ade Edmondson indulge in some of the physical comedy that characterised most of his roles.