Generally, Clement and La Frenais write comedies, or dramas with a comic tone. Their fame rests primarily on four series, The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
They have also written various other works for TV and a number of films, including The Commitments (with Roddy Doyle), Goal!, and Flushed Away. They also wrote film versions of some of their television successes, which Clement himself usually directed.
Both have been resident in the U.S. since the 1980s and have worked on such series as The Tracey Ullman Show, as well as uncredited script doctoring on films like Never Say Never Again, The Rock (1996) and Bad Boys 2. They also continue to write for British TV. Clement was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list.