Rod is a new employee at the museum and is passionate about his work. He visited The Maltby Collection as a boy and now wants to fight its closure. His job is not good enough for his mother however as she considers him to be a loser.
He is attractive to women and a rival to Julian for Prunella's affections.
Walter is tired of his job and is looking forward to his retirement. The stress of work leads to him being glad that the collection may close.
He is a football fanatic and is depressed that the museum's team is so feeble.
In love with Prunella, Julian is too shy to express his feelings properly. He has only had two girlfriends in his life and both were his cousins.
He is from a distinguished family and battles against his own snobbery.
Prunella is keenly interested in Rod and is not shy about expressing her approval. She is torn between him and Julian though.
She is also very amibtious to be the director of the museum.
Des is an ex-member of the S.A.S. and is now responsible for security at the museum. He is diligent in his job and is paranoid about danger posed to the collection. He is also mad.
The cheerful cleaner of the museum, Eva is married but her husband is ailing and is a martyr to his prostate. She loves Wilf but will remain true to her husband for as long as he lives.
Wilf is happy working at the museum and is willing to fight alongside Rod to save it.
He is passionately in love with Eva and waits impatiently for her to become free.
Stelios works in the museum canteen and is of Greek descent. He is fiercely proud of his Greek heritage and struggles with the English language.
Susie Maltby (Series 2-3)
Susie is the last surviving member of the Maltby family and is invited to the museum to publicise the collection. She is beautiful and highly desirable but despite Rod's obvious interest in her, Susie has her eyes on an older man.