Rab C. Nesbitt
Long-running Scottish sitcom starring Gregor Fisher as Rab C Nesbitt, a rude, dirty, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist alcoholic
- 1988 - 2011 (BBC Two)
- 65 (pilot + 10 series)
- Gregor Fisher, Elaine C. Smith, Tony Roper, Barbara Rafferty, Andrew Fairlie, Iain Robertson, Eric Cullen, Brian Pettifer, David McKay, Cora Bisset
- Ian Pattison
- The Comedy Unit
Rab C. Nesbitt is a rude, dirty, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist, violent, alcoholic. His wife Mary and son Gash must put up with him.
Rab has an opinion on anything and everything; put forward in a way that only Rab can. He is possibly the only person on the planet for whom the phrase 'dysfunctional family' is regarded as a compliment.
His theories may have as may holes as his string vest, and there may be a lot more life in that bandage around his head than in any council suburb, but you cannot escape the wrath of the man from Govan.
Series 10: Rab's back for a landmark 10th series this autumn, but age has not mellowed Nesbitt - something Chingford Steel (guest star Richard E Grant) discovers when, as Minister for Work, he knocks on Nesbitt's door. It starts with a whack to the head with a frying pan from Mary Doll and ends up with a full-scale siege.
Elsewhere, Mary and her pal Ella form a "girl" group to enter Govan's Got Talent, featuring a cameo from Scottish superstar Susan Boyle. Meanwhile, Jamesie gains a baby son and almost loses that part of his body most dear to him; and Rab turns the air blue on his local radio station and falls out with everyone from the City council to his local church. But Rab's still got a kind word for the camera. In these times of economic hardship, nobody talks more sense than Rab C Nesbitt, the nutter's nutter.
Our Review: Rab C. Nesbitt is a rude and crude comedy that does not flinch away from entering uncomfortable and controversial areas (with jokes on pretty much every taboo subject imaginable, from incest to infertility), so it's never going to be a show for the most mainstream audience.
Many do like it though. In fact, a few years back, it was voted one of the 50 Best British sitcoms of all time in a wide-ranging poll of the viewing public. Whether or not you like Rab C. Nesbitt, one does have to admire Fisher's performance as the monstrous slob.