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1[[quoteright:200:]]²[[quoteright:200:]]²The drunken Scottish street philosopher, Rab C. Nesbitt first appeared on the seminal Scottish comedy show ''Series/NakedVideo''. Progressing in 1989 to his own Christmas special ''Rab C Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet'', the popularity of this much-rerun show spawned a further 8 series of alcoholic ranting. The series was broadcast nationally, despite the strong and sometimes impenetrable Glaswegian accents, which was parodied in one episode where Rab goes to London in search of his runaway son, and subtitles are used to translate the dialogue.²²Rab is a 40-something waster. He's never worked a day in his life, and revels in the intricacies of the Welfare system (or 'the Broo' in common Glasgow parlance). He is married to the matriarchal Mary, who holds together the family of two sons. Gash and Burnie. in spite of Rab's lifestyle of booze and [[ViolentGlaswegian casual violence]].²²But he's not all bad, he has deep and profound thoughts about life and philosophy, and will expound them to any passer-by with the help of his rolled-up newspaper. He wanders the streets of Govan (a district in Glasgow) in a dirty blue suit and string vest, always with his trademark dirty bandage around his head from some long-forgotten head wound. Together with his eternal, scheming friend, Jamesie Cotter (and his long suffering wife Ella), Rab introduces us to a myriad of colourful and downright scary Glasgow characters.²²Although comedy in intent, the series explored many dark topics, including marital breakup, murder, long-term unemployment, infertility, cannibalism and child abuse. Through several flashback sequences, we see the young Rab and his siblings putting up with a violent father who took his life failures out on his family. Rab's own family life is far from idyllic, Mary leaving him to fend for himself on various occasions, and the kids running away to London. ²²The final series was aired in 1998. In 2008, the character returned for a one-off, 45-minute special at Christmas 2008 which eventually led to a revival which ran for two seasons and ended with a New Year's special in 2014.²²²Transmission Details:²* Number of episodes: 53 Length: 48 x 30 mins, 2 x 45 mins, 2 x 50 mins, 1 x short special²* Special (45 mins) Rab C Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet: 31 Dec 1989, [=BBC2=] Sun 9.30pm²* Series One (6) 27 Sep-1 Nov 1990, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm²* Special (45 mins) Fitba 15 July 1991, [=BBC2=] Mon 9.45pm²* Series Two (6) 14 May-18 June 1992, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm²* Special (50 mins) 31 Dec 1992, [=BBC2=] Thu 11.30pm²* Series Three (6) 18 Nov-23 Dec 1993, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm²* Series Four (6) 19 Sep-24 Oct 1994, [=BBC2=] Mon 9pm²* Short special part of ''[[Creator/StephenFry Fry]] And [[Creator/HughLaurie Laurie]] Host A Christmas Night With The Stars'' 27 Dec 1994, [=BBC2=] Tue 9pm²* Special (50 mins) 29 Dec 1994, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm²* Series Five (6) 5 Jan-9 Feb 1996, [=BBC2=] Fri 9pm²* Series Six (6) 1 Aug-5 Sep 1997, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm²* Series Seven (6) 21 Aug-25 Sep 1998, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm²* Series Eight (6) 14 May-18 June 1999, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm²* Christmas special, 23 December 2008, [=BBC2=] 9pm²----²!!The show provides examples of:²* AffablyEvil: Pete the Warlock. For that matter, all the Satanists who appear in that episode come off as this. Sure, they may sacrifice goats, deflower virgins and on occasion daub their naked flesh with the warm blood of animals and engage in unspeakable acts of sexual depravity, but they do lots of wonderful work for charity.²* BreakingTheFourthWall: Rab, constantly.²* BlackComedy: And how. Over its run there's barely a taboo topic the show hasn't featured, and almost always for laughs. This includes, but is not limited to, cancer, neo-Nazism, incest, cannibalism, ringworm, Satanism, alcoholism and mental illness.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the pilot episode and first series, there are a couple of casual references to Rab physically abusing Mary when she “gets too lippy”. Whilst Rab remained prone to violence throughout the show’s run, it’s pretty much unthinkable that he’d assault his wife.²* FreudianExcuse: Jamesie claims his contemptuous attitude towards women stems from the abuse meted out by his mother, which never let up even when he cared for her through her infirmity to her death.²* {{Hypocrite}}: Amongst Rab's philosophizing is the observation that a crowd gathered to watch a cannibal on a rooftop - who is potentially going to jump - are feeding on humans just as much as the cannibal (albeit feeding on their misery instead of their flesh).²* LargeHam: The Pie mafia Boss in series 5.²* NoAccountingForTaste: Rab and Mary, and to an even greater extent, Jamesie and Ella. (The Nesbitts are much more likely than the Cotters to get AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments.)²* NobodyPoops: Averted multiple times, in one instance complete with splosh sound effect.²* OverlyLongName: [[ImAHumanitarian John William Pure Mad Mental Intae Your Body Simpson Craig Gemmell Chib The Bam Rib-Racker No Real Young Rebel Ya Bas St. John McGurn aka Young Young McGurn]].²* ThePigPen: Rab is near-constantly filthy. His idea of cleaning himself up prior to a night out in Spain is to peel off a dirty bandage and discard a cigarette butt from behind his ear.²** ExaggeratedTrope: Mr [=McCutcheon=], a shut-in who has spent decades living in solitary squalor, is in even worse condition than Rab. When the latter meets the former, he remarks: "That must be some stink comin' affa you for it to out-stink the stink comin' affa me"²* RetroactiveRecognition: Who's that transgender barperson in one of the episodes? Why, none other than the [[Creator/DavidTennant Doctor]] himself.²** Not to mention Rab's brother, Gash, yet another [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy Doctor]]²* {{Revival}}: A ChristmasSpecial ten years after the show first went off air, followed by a full series the year after.²* SimilarSquad: On holiday in the Costa Del Sol, Rab is delighted to see a Spanish man in a vest and bandaged head, ranting incomprehensibly at nobody. ²-->'''Rab''': There's nothing restores your faith mair in human nature than meetin some poor bastard that's just as mad as yersel. ²* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Gash's daughter Peaches has undergone this as of the 2014 New Year Special. ²* TheStoner: Gash²-->'''Mary Nesbitt''': Gash, how many fingers am I holding up?²-->'''Gash Nesbitt''': Uh, Thursday.²* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Burnie was written out by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]] Rab has to take care of his nephew Screech.²* TieInNovel: ''[[ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle A Stranger Here Myself: Being the Life Story and Revelations of Mister Rab C. Nesbitt of Govan]]''.²* ViolentGlaswegian: Where to begin?²* VitriolicBestBuds: Rab with Jamesie. Also with Norrie the barman.²----


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