Incidentally, I'm typing this in the very same room that I saw parts of the very first episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED To The LIKELY LADS (no question mark in the title) back in 1973. I say 'parts' because I turned over at the start of the programme to another show (on ITV) I regularly watched, but turned back during the adverts. (Once I could've told you just what that other show was, but no longer, alas.) However, it wasn't long before the adventures of Bob and Terry became required viewing, and it's my favourite comedy show of all time.
The show was repeated over the years, but it always started from the second episode for some reason - probably because the first was the 'set-up' episode, bridging the gap between the end of the '60s series and the '70s sequel, so if it was left out, viewers could just drop in as if the show had been on forever. It wasn't until 1995 when the series was rerun from the very beginning that I got to see the initial episode in its entirety for the very first time. It took a whopping 22 years, but it was worth it.
If you've never seen 'Whatever', you've missed out on a classic. Nip down to your local HMV store and treat yourself to the DVD box set at the earliest opportunity.