Hamish Macbeth (1995–1997)
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The Good Thief 

The time has come for the annual singing contest between Lochdubh's Stag Bar and the rival Dunbracken Arms. Young Frankie is revealed to have the voice of an angel and so the villagers look... See full summary »

Director:

Jonas Grimås

Writers:

M.C. Beaton (characters), Daniel Boyle (as Daniel Boyle)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Hamish Macbeth
Billy Riddoch Billy Riddoch ... Lachlan McCrae
Stuart McGugan ... Barney Meldon
Stuart Davids Stuart Davids ... Lachie McCrae Jnr
Brian Pettifer ... Rory Campbell
Sandy McDade ... Jean Foley
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Agnes Meldon
Anne Lacey Anne Lacey ... Esme Murray
Stephen Henderson Stephen Henderson ... Frankie Brice
James Young James Young ... Tusker Gray
Bill Murdoch ... McClintock
Duncan Duff ... Doc Brown
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... TV John McIver
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Black Bob Roberts
Campbell Morrison Campbell Morrison ... Harry Balfour
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The time has come for the annual singing contest between Lochdubh's Stag Bar and the rival Dunbracken Arms. Young Frankie is revealed to have the voice of an angel and so the villagers look to him to win them the Willie McPhee trophy as best singer. however trouble appears in the shape of Tusker Gray,a friend of - and bad influence on - Frankie from Glasgow,who threatens to undermine the whole show. Hamish has to find Tusker's little secret to persuade him to let the show go on. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

6 April 1997 (UK) See more »

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Color
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Local Rivalry and Out of Town Guest
2 May 2018 | by GunnersMateSee all my reviews

The Good Thief was an uneven episode. One half of the plot centers on a singing competition rivalry between Lochdubh and another village, and the related humor within and between the two communities was very funny, very silly, and very enjoyable. The intersecting other plot gives us new Lochdubh resident Frankie and a visit from his wildly ill-behaved mate Tusker. It is this plot line that can me difficult to navigate as the boys are not the most interesting characters to follow; and while the finale is solid and reasonable, it still feels like watching strangers instead of the friends we have come to know and adore in Lochdubh. Hamish Macbeth is at its best when there is plenty of Hamish and his fellow villagers, and feels a wee bit hollow when focusing on outliers.


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