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Jack Jarvis (Ford Kiernan)

Victor McDade (Greg Hemphill)

Winston Ingram (Paul Riley)

Thomas 'Tam' Mullen (Mark Cox)

Isa Drennan (Jane McCarry)
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: If Isa finds out a bit of juicy gossip, it is a guarantee that the whole neighborhood will know within an hour.
    • To the point where she at one point gives her word that nobody will be told, only for it to immediately cut to her trying to grab a phone shouting that "the people need tae know!"
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Most people who talk to her usually try some way of escaping having to talk to her, and usually fail.
  • Gossipy Hen: Isa's defining character trait.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Keeps tabs on her next-door neighbors Jack and Victor at all times.
    • It usually takes a while for Isa to take the hint and not listen in when she's not wanted.
  • Sherlock Scan: Is capable of figuring out what Jack and Victor are doing and where they're going based on their clothing and the items they're carrying. At one point she does this without them saying a single word to her.
    Victor: *after Isa leaves* "She's creepy with that."

Navid Harrid (Sanjeev Kohli)

Boabby The Barman (Gavin Mitchell)
  • The Bartender
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the finale, the very last scene has the camera making it's way into the Clansman, where a now aged Boaby (The only remaining core character left from the first season) greets the audience with his trademark greeting "Well...look who it isnae.." complete with a heartwarming smile as if to say thanks for watching.
  • Buttmonkey: Boabby is frequently teased and insulted by his clientele, and if something embarrassing happens to anybody in the series, it is most likely to be him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He always has a put-down ready for Jack and Victor when they walk into the Clansman; howeve, they nearly always come back with an even wittier put-down.
  • Home Porn Movie: Starred in one that eventually made its way into Tam's hands. Most of Craiglang sees it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he frequently acts like a Jerkass towards his customers, Boabby actually cares a great deal about their well-being.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Boabby's real name is Robert Taylor, but he is only ever called Boabby.
  • Punny Name: "Boabby" means "Penis". In his very first scene, he corrects Jack and Victor when they call him "Dick". Not that his real name is any better...

Eric (James Martin)

    Recurring Characters 

Meena Harrid

Frances Mullen
  • Happily Married: To Tam. Although they still have their problems.
  • Hot Librarian: Of the elderly variety. Tam and Winston seem to think so which makes sense considering they're the same age as her.
  • Retcon: Frances became the "oldest mum in Britain" in the sixth series; however, her and Tam's son appears to have been retconned out of existence in the newer series. Co-creator Greg Hemphill, who also plays Victor, has lampshaded this in real-life.
Harry Drennan
  • Jerkass: Repeatedly cheated on and stole from Isa before leaving her and only comes back to her when he runs out of money, to the point where even Winston, who finds Isa irritating, is willing to pretend to be her romantic partner to drive Harry away for the last time.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his first appearance he appears to be trying to reconnect with Isa and make amends. He leaves her sitting in a cafe after he steal her purse and escapes out the bathroom window.
    • He repeats the act of trying to reconnect with Isa in his second appearance, this time to the point he won't take the hint she wants nothing to do with him.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Subverted; after he dies offscreen, the regulars bluntly dismiss him as a vile person and conclude Isa's better off without him.
    Jack: I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but he was a prick!
Pete The Jakey

  • During the War: Shug regularly tells long-winded stories about his time serving in the British Army in World War II, much to the annoyance of the others.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Properly Paranoid: About crime when there's a powercut in Craiglang.
  • The Mall: Is an overnight security guard in one.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Super Senses: Has abnormally good hearing due to his oversized ears. He's nicknamed Shug the Lug for them, and is able to hear Jack and Victor quietly talking about him from the other side of a small river.


Manky Franky
  • Jerkass: Is rude and aggressive towards the main characters and doesn't even seem to care when Jack and Victor tell him his elderly neighbor has died.
Peggy MacAlpine
  • Jerkwitha Heartof Gold: Occasionally plays the role of the antagonist towards members of the main gang but when she isn't she's quite friendly towards everyone. Unless you're her husband.
  • Double Standard:Abuse,Femaleon Male: Her poor treatment of her husband is played for laughs.

Charlie MacAlpine
Stevie The Bookie

  • Arch-Enemy: To Winston.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs off when Winston's winning accumulator bankrupts him. When he returns, he tries to avoid paying the debt by posing as his brother. It doesn't work.
  • Smug Snake: Whenever Winston in particular interacts with him.

  • Happily Married: To Sinead.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Jack and Victor.
  • Ascended Extra: Started off as just an unnamed ned until he became a recurring character.
  • Aww,Look!They Really Do Love Each Other: He becomes restless after a year of marriage to Sinead causing him to lust after another woman but stays loyal to her and they decide to work on their problems.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jack and Victor get horribly drunk at Fergie's stag party and end up tying him naked to a fence.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Starts off as one of the neds on the estate, repeatedly causing mischief and indulging in petty crimes. He gets better after Jack and Victor convince him to go out with Sinead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A scene in which Fergie belittles a councillor opening a leisure centre nearly achieved Memetic Mutation in Scotland.
    Councillor: It gives me great pleasure to be here today.
    Fergie: Naw, it disnae.
    Councillor: With great admiration, I've watched the community of Craiglang grow and flourish.
    Fergie: Naw, ye huvnae.
    Councillor: My father grew up here in Craiglang, and he always had the greatest respect for his home.
    Fergie: Naw, he didnae.
    Councillor: I only wish that he could be here today to see this.
    Fergie: Naw, ye don't.
    Councillor: He would join me in congratulating Craiglang today as we open this wonderful facility. For this building is a magnificent addition to a caring, thriving, forward-thinking community.
    Fergie: Naw, it isnae.
  • Ascended Extra: Starts off as just a recurring background character before being given a romantic subplot with Fergie.
  • Flat Character: Doesn't receive much characterization outside of being Fergie's crush/girlfriend/wife.
Chris The Postie
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets repeatedly insulted and humiliated by various characters due to being lazy and apathetic.
  • Improbably Low IQ: Chris is frequently shown to be rather dim.
  • Hidden Depths: He turns out to be a competent painter and decorator. After Jack and Victor horrendously botch the decoration of Isa's flat, he manages to fix it.

Big Arthur
  • Recurring Extra: Is a regular in the clansman but isn't given any characterization and has few lines.
Methadone Mick
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Pete the jakie after his death.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Due to his years of drug abuse.
  • Hidden Depths: It's been suggested that his loquaciousness is legendary. He's also notably very aware of how internet fame works, to the point of being able to coach Winston in it briefly, despite presumably having no access to the internet.
  • British Teeth: His are stained due to years of drug abuse and living rough.
  • Broken Base: Some fans think he's a funny, welcome addition to the show, while others criticize his cartoonishness and list him as one of the things that is wrong with the more recent series.
  • Intergenerational Friend Ship: Had one with Pete the jakie before he died apparently. Forms one with the rest of the gang after Pete's will introduces him.
  • Recovered Addict:In the Finale, he has cleaned himself up and managed to land a job at the library, taking over from Frances. Now looking far more presentable and approachable.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Was friends with Pete for a while before his death even though he was never seen or mentioned until the revival series.

    Guest and One-Off Characters 



  • Berserk Button: The mention of the battleship Bismarck, as it was the one thing that caused him to lose Mastermind.
    Victor: Which boat during World War II was sunk off the coast of-
  • What an Idiot!: The view of most of Craiglang in regards to the fact he went on Mastermind with World War II ships as his specialist subject, yet forgot the Bismark.
    Navid: What was his specialist subject?
    Isa: World War II. He lost by one point because he passed on Bismarck.
    Navid: The most famous boat in the war! Tit.

Mrs Begg

Bert Findlay

Stewart Anderson

Vince Gallagher

Protrayed By: David Hayman

  • Arch-Enemy: To Winston, who has never forgiven Vince for giving him food poisoning.
  • Escalating War: When Winston convinces Jack and Victor (who are minding Navid's shop for him) to open a snack bar in the shop to cheat Vince of business, he retaliates by poisoning the soup they serve, causing numerous people, including Winston to fall sick. In response, Jack, Victor and Winston fill his van with coackroaches and other bugs. Vince promptly snaps and drives his van through the fron of Navid's shop.
  • Lethal Chef: He was one when he worked in the canteen at Yarrows Shipbuilders, causing the entire workforce to come down with food poisoning, a fact for which Winston has never forgiven him.
  • Neat Freak: Became one after the Yarrows incident.
Big Innes

Portrayed By: Clive Russell

  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Midori is strictly off limits, Boabby found this out the hard way.
  • The Big Guy
  • The Dreaded: The local neds are all terrified of him. When they get out of control, Jack and Victor call in Innes to sort them out.



Portrayed By: Sylvester McCoy

A reclusive pensioner who hasn't left his house for decades, who emerges for the first time and moves into Jack and Victor's block when his house is marked for demolition.

John McDade

Victor's estranged son.


Wullie Reid


Molly Drummond

Chris Howden



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