The Legend Of Barney Thomson. Image shows from L to R: Holdall (Ray Winstone), Barney (Robert Carlyle), Cemolina (Emma Thompson).

The Legend Of Barney Thomson

The Legend Of Barney Thomson

An awkward Glaswegian barber leaves behind his mediocre life to take up serial killing

Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie and others
Robert Carlyle

Barney is a hapless barber, devoid of charm and 'patter' as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney's mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow.

As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each others' throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother, the formidable Glaswegian 'good-time girl', Cemolina. There's no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated.

Production Details

UK certificate
96 minutes
Release date
Friday 24th July 2015
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Saturday 7th December 2019 at 10:00pm on BBC Scotland

Website links


Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • View location details

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?