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Hippies

All Episodes 1970 - 1999

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  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 1999-11-12T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
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Swinging London, 1969. From his flat in Notting Hill Gate, Ray Purbbs edits an 'underground' (that is, counterculture) magazine, Mouth, assisted by his fellow hippies Alex, Jill and Hugo. Ray is passionate about protest, ludicrously enthusiastic about every hip trend and convinced he is (or could be) a major player in the battle between the Establishment and the alternative society. Alex - though he comes from a wealthy background and seems more interested in golf than altering society - is coolness personified, a man so laid-back he seems to exist outside of reality. Jill embraces all the new-found liberty afforded her gender and claims to espouse free love, though this attitude doesn't stretch to her 'boyfriend', Ray, long been deprived of her carnal interest. Hugo is spectacularly vague, almost brilliant in his obliqueness. Led by Ray, the quartet jump on every trendy bandwagon and comprehensively fail to make the slightest bit of difference in all they do. The gang are pretty useless at everything - in fact, they're not even that good at being hippies.
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7 episodes

Special 1 Hippy Invasion

  • 1970-04-13T23:00:00Z — 30 mins

The infamous invasion on the David Frost show in 1970.

1x01 Protesting Hippies

  • Series Premiere

    1999-11-12T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jerry Gurvitz, the self-styled "Biggest Freak in the World" is visiting London from Los Angeles. Eager to impress, Ray puts on a protest. Jerry takes a fancy to Ray's girlfriend and then Jerry finds an unattended bag of drugs.

1x02 Hairy Hippies

  • 1999-11-19T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ray and Alex grow beards; so does Jill...Ray is also putting on a new age themed play but there are tensions in the cast with Ray's performance as Director.

1x03 Sexy Hippies

  • 1999-11-26T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Free Love - Ray wants it, Alex is getting it it, Jill is withholding it and Hugo is banned from thinking about a specific part of it. Everyone else is just so liberated; even Alex's mother.

1x04 Hippy Dippy Hippies

  • 1999-12-03T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Hippies have a whole print run of their magazine stolen so have to call the police; who they have just been really rude about. Jill is invited to sketch Rickman in a very natural pose.

1x05 Muddy Hippies

  • 1999-12-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Hippies attend a typical British summer pop festival in a cold, wet, muddy, field in the rain with terrible toilets. Ray unwisely purchases a car.

1x06 Disgusting Hippies

  • 1999-12-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ray rashly allows two schoolboys to write and edit an issue of the magazine and finds himself in court on a charge of obscenity.

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