Rab C. Nesbitt is lowlife scum (and proud of it) in Glasgow, Scotland who spends his time drinking in his local and speaking to the camera about the state of society as he sees it.

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Series cast summary:
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 Rab C. Nesbitt (67 episodes, 1988-2014)
Tony Roper ...
 Jamesie Cotter (65 episodes, 1988-2014)
Elaine C. Smith ...
 Mary Nesbitt (64 episodes, 1988-2014)
Barbara Rafferty ...
 Ella Cotter (51 episodes, 1990-2014)
Brian Pettifer ...
 Andra / ... (50 episodes, 1988-2014)
Andrew Fairlie ...
 Gash Nesbitt (46 episodes, 1988-2008)
Iain McColl ...
 Dodie (43 episodes, 1990-2011)
John Kazek ...
 Norrie (36 episodes, 1992-1999)
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Classic BBC Sitcom about Rab C. Nesbitt, a stringed vested philosopher (in his own way) who spends his days getting drunk in his local with best mate Jamesie and going home to clash with wife Mary and his two sons Gash and Burnie. The series follows Rab as he talks to the camera about the way life is and the state of the country, When he's not doing that he is drinking, trying to keep his family together or shouting the odds at anybody who is stupid enough to argue the point. No matter where in Govan you go you cant escape the wrath of the Nesbitt man! Written by Anonymous

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The show originally aired from 1989 until 1999 for 8 series. It returned in 2008 for a Christmas special and two more series, 9 and 10, in 2010 and 2011 respectively. See more »

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Nurse: [Mary has gone under a serious operation in hospital. But something unforseen has happened as she lies in bed afterwards] I'm afraid your stitches have burst, Mrs. Nesbitt.
Mary Nesbitt: Oh, thank goodness for that, nurse. For a minute there I though I'd pissed mysel.
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At the end of every episode, we see a television with Rab on it. He rambles about something, but we cannot hear due to the music. As the credits end, Rab leaves his chair and shouts "Beat it!" See more »

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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #49.3 (2015) See more »

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Why did it take me so long to see this show?
1 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was actually recommended Rab C Nesbitt by a very close IMDb friend, and I was immediately interested. Then personal things clouded over and I got behind with my movie watching and forgot about it. A couple of months ago I was eventually in the right state of mind to see it. It took me a while, but it was time well spent and I am glad I was recommended it.

Rab C Nesbitt is not for everybody, I was warned this and I can understand why, but I genuinely find it a great show. A vast majority of the time, Rab C Nesbitt is perfect, with effective production values(not the definition of nice but suited the period and the show's tone very well), the catchy theme tune, the witty and hilarious(with the odd moving part too) writing and the clever story lines.

The characters may not be the most likable ever or the easiest to like at first, but I found myself warming to them due to how well written and acted they were. Gregor Fisher is simply born for this role, and he plays it as if he already knows that with superb comic timing, and Elaine C Smith and the rest of the cast support him perfectly.

While Rab C Nesbitt is brilliant, the last two series weren't quite as good as the rest. They weren't terrible, they were still well acted with some funny moments, but something was missing. I think the problems were Gash's recasting, I could never warm to the replacement, and the ideas weren't as original or as clever.

Overall though, this show is really great, I can really see why it was recommended to me, and I could kick myself for taking so long to watch or review it. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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