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Gary: Tank Commander

Gary: Tank Commander

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One Scotland / BBC Two Scotland
  • 2009 - 2012
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom starring Greg McHugh as Gary McLintoch, a soldier who returns home from Iraq to the barracks and offers unique insights into both worlds. Stars Greg McHugh, Robert Jack, Scott Fletcher, Paul-James Corrigan, Stuart Bowman and more.

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Series 1, Episode 3 - The General

General Randy Badger arrives from America on official duty. He enlists Gary and the boys, and instigates his own mission - to drink beer, see strippers and find his Scottish ancestors, the McBadgers. Hoo ya.

Further details

Gary collects an American General, Randy Badger, from the airport, and is assigned to help him with his 'Cross International Home Stationed Strategic Planning' mission. But Gary soon learns that it's a front for General Badger's real mission - to find his Scottish ancestors.

A trip to Ardrossan proves emotional for the General as he searches for the McBadgers, and a feeling of being home. Thomson is unimpressed by Gary taking a respected high ranking military official on day trips to the seaside, and orders the boys to take him on a night hike. But the General has other ideas, namely going to the centre of town, getting very drunk and having the time of his life. Gary and the boys go along to keep an eye on him, something that proves increasingly hard to do.

Broadcast details

Monday 30th November 2009
BBC Two Scotland
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 9:45pm on BBC Scotland
  2. Friday 8th March 2024 at 11:30pm on BBC Scotland

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 5th December 2009 11:55pm BBC1 Scot
Monday 20th June 2011 10:35pm BBC1 Scot
Friday 26th April 2019 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Saturday 27th April 2019 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Monday 30th September 2019 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 19th June 2020 11:00pm BBC Scotland
Sunday 21st June 2020 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 10th December 2020 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Saturday 12th December 2020 9:00pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 14th September 2023 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Tuesday 19th September 2023 11:00pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Greg McHugh Gary McLintoch
Robert Jack Jacko
Scott Fletcher Charlie
Paul-James Corrigan Adam
Stuart Bowman Sergeant Thomson
Miles Jupp Captain Fanshaw
Guest cast
Antony Strachan (as Anthony Strachan) Chef
Stuart Milligan General Randy Badger
George Drennan Policeman
Gary Little Bouncer
Writing team
Greg McHugh Writer
Chris Grady Script Editor
Production team
Iain Davidson Director
Rab Christie Producer
Ewan Angus Executive Producer
Colin Gilbert Executive Producer
Elaine Campbell Line Producer
Walter J. Grant Editor
Graham Rose Production Designer
Carole K. Fraser Costume Designer
Oliver Cheesman Director of Photography
Jacqui Mallett Make-up Designer
Rosalie Clayton Casting Director
Morris Milne 1st Assistant Director

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