City Lights (TV series)

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This article is about the BBC Scotland show. For the ITV show, see City Lights (ITV series). For the Canadian show, see City Lights (1973 TV series).
City Lights
Genre Comedy
Written by Bob Black
Directed by Ron Bain
Colin Gilbert
Starring Dave Anderson
Andy Gray
Gerard Kelly
Iain McColl
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 39
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC1
Original release 1984 – 1991

City Lights is a Scottish television sitcom made by BBC Scotland and set in Glasgow. It ran from 1986 to 1991 (networked 1987 to 1991) and was written by Bob Black. Two stage shows, featuring the original cast, toured Scotland.[1]

It starred Gerard Kelly as Willie Melvin, a bank-teller at the fictional Strathclyde Savings Bank (whose logo was very similar to the TSB), with dreams of becoming a novelist. Most of the plots revolved around his attempts to get his book, the autobiographical My Childhood Up A Close, published.

He was held back in this by his own incompetence, the dodgy dealings of his best friend Chancer (Andy Gray), and the lack of support he gained from his mother (Jan Wilson), the bank's manager Adam McLelland (Dave Anderson) and his obsequious fellow teller, Brian (Jonathan Watson). Other recurring characters included Chancer's friend Tam (Iain McColl) and Willie's love interests, Janice (Elaine Collins, Series 1 and 2) and Fiona (Ann Bryson, Series 4 and 5).

Billy Connolly guest-starred in one episode.


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