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Rab C. Nesbitt. Rab C. Nesbitt (Gregor Fisher). Image credit: The Comedy Unit.

Rab C. Nesbitt

Long-running Scottish sitcom starring Gregor Fisher as Rab C Nesbitt, a rude, dirty, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist alcoholic

1988 - 2014  (BBC Two)
67 (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.

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.