aka: Danny Stewart Played by: Ralf Little
Didsbury born Danny is the middle-class foil to Gorton ghetto lad Seamus. He was geekier than Shay when they first met at the tender age of 12 - and he still is now.
aka: Shay Finnigan Played by: Carl Rice
Shay doesn't work at being cool, he was just born that way: the strut, the skinny jeans, the drawl - he has them all. As pretentious as Danny is pragmatic, he hates Coldplay and swears his Shania Twain record is for ironic use only. But scratch the surface and you realise he secretly needs Danny as much as Danny needs him.
aka: Tony Finnigan Played by: Johnny Vegas
Shay's dad Tony is a petty criminal with hidden depths. When he's not nicking his son's last twenty or next door's satellite dish, he deals with Shay's sulking, wife Lorraine's drinking habits and offers life guidance to Danny's dad.
Played by: Paul Kaye
Celebrity dance producer Manny Westside is making a comeback. After a spell chilling in India with his yogi, London-born Manny is itching to start knob-twiddling again.
Played by: Christine Bottomley
Lou is Manchester's foremost music critic. Quick-witted and even quicker talking, what she doesn't know about the scene isn't worth knowing.
aka: Lorraine Finnigan Played by: Lorraine Cheshire
Lorraine loves the two men in her life; husband Tony and son Shay. But she also harbours another passion: Strongbow. More often than not, this becomes a messy affair; from inadvertently stage-diving at Shady Music's Battle of the Bands to stealing booze from the church, Tony has his hands full keeping an eye on her.
aka: Martin Played by: Joel Fry
Swing writes gangsta rap and works in Comet. Mates with Danny and Shay since way back when, he's fully supportive of their music venture.
Played by: Craig Parkinson
Strange Pete is a casualty of the heady days of the Madchester scene. Still mourning the loss of his own Nineties Manc explosion band, the Ocelots, Pete's never seen without his beloved guitar Janice.
Played by: Beverly Rudd
Tina is one half of HearKittyKitty. She works in Manchester's Superb'uns bakery with her sister and band-mate Marie.
Played by: Faye McKeever
Marie is the other half of Droylsden duo HearKittyKitty.
Played by: Joanne King
Wide-eyed and waif-like, Nancy works in the lads' favourite coffee shop.
Played by: Angus Barnett
Martial arts enthusiast Nico is a photographer to the stars. From Ryan Giggs to Rihanna, he's worked with the cream of the celeb world. His new assignment is to scrub up the HearKittyKitty girls - but will they respond to his unusual methods?
Played by: Marjorie Yates
Macedonian widow Zora arrives in Manchester with high hopes of a career in catering. Little does she know that Big Stu has more ominous plans in mind.
Played by: Nigel Whitmey
American Anglophile Tommy Sadoski is a lawyer with a penchant for pork pies and some very bad news for Shady Music. He arrives at the office in the midst of 'getting his Brit on' and upsets the lads by thinking Manchester is a suburb of Liverpool.
Played by: Steve Furst
Washed up A&R scout, Ricky Lisberg, is jealous of Shady Music's stable of artists. He needs to make a successful signing soon or he's bound for the chop.