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Classic BBC Sitcom about Rab C. Nesbitt, a stringed vested philosopher (in his own way) who spends his days getting drunk in his local with best mate Jamesie and going home to clash with wife Mary and his two sons Gash and Burnie. The series follows Rab as he talks to the camera about the way life is and the state of the country, When he's not doing that he is drinking, trying to keep his family together or shouting the odds at anybody who is stupid enough to argue the point. No matter where in Govan you go you cant escape the wrath of the Nesbitt man!
|Series cast summary:|
|Gregor Fisher||-||Rab C. Nesbitt 67 episodes, 1988-2014|
|Tony Roper||-||Jamesie Cotter 65 episodes, 1988-2014|
|Elaine C. Smith||-||Mary Nesbitt 64 episodes, 1988-2014|
|Barbara Rafferty||-||Ella Cotter 51 episodes, 1990-2014|
|Brian Pettifer||-||Andra / - 50 episodes, 1988-2014|
|Andrew Fairlie||-||Gash Nesbitt 46 episodes, 1988-2008|
|Iain McColl||-||Dodie 43 episodes, 1990-2011|
|John Kazek||-||Norrie 36 episodes, 1992-1999|
All three Scottish actors to play Doctor Who: Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi have all appeared in Rab C. Nesbitt. Richard E. Grant who has appeared as a non-cannon Doctor Who has also appeared in the series.
Rab first appeared as a sketch in the show Naked Video. So popular was Rab, the producers gave him his own half hour special in 1989. A full series was later commissioned for 1990.
The show originally aired from 1989 until 1999 for 8 series. It returned in 2008 for a Christmas special and two more series, 9 and 10, in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Gregor Fisher never enjoyed playing Rab. In an interview, Elaine C. Smith (Mary) and Tony Roper (Jamesie) talk about Gregor's reluctance to continue with the show after Series Three and turned down a contract for a new live show and three more series for 2000 onwards. When he first got the script, Gregor is reported to have said it was "as funny as cancer".
The Two Ways pub is a real Glasgow pub and it is the exact pub they filmed at least the external shots for every episode of the original 90's run of series, but it is not in Govan, it is in Finnieston at the top end of Argyle Street.
Elaine C. Smith (Mary) was pregnant during the filming of the pilot. Her pregnancy was written into the show however when the series returned the following year Mary was no longer pregnant and there was no new baby in the Nesbitt house.
Although she is a regular character, Barbara Rafferty's Ella Cotter didn't appear in the pilot or the first two episodes of Series One even though her character was referenced a number of times. Over all Rafferty wasn't part of 15 of the 65 Nesbitt episodes.