A bank teller with dreams of being a writer sets the scene for this rich comedy of grasping defeat from the jaws of victory life asserting wry sitcom.




6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986   … See all »


Learn more

More Like This 

Rab C. Nesbitt (1988–2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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.

Stars: Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper, Elaine C. Smith
Naked Video (1986–1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Influential sketch show spun off from a long running Scottish radio show. It introduced the world to Glaswegian street philosopher Rab C. Nesbitt and The Baldy Man. Harry Enfield, Steve Coogan and Rik Mayall all wrote for the show.

Stars: Louise Beattie, Ron Bain, Gregor Fisher
Two Doors Down (TV Series 2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Comedy centered around a couple and their insufferable neighbors.

Stars: Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Jonathan Watson
Taggart (1983–2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Maryhill CID investigates gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.

Stars: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie
Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A six part comedy series charting conman Nigel Gacey's attempt at creating a brand new boy band from scratch, starring James Corden

Stars: Frank Harper, James Corden, Adam Sinclair
The Baldy Man (TV Series 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Stars: Gregor Fisher, Andy Gray, Gavin Mitchell
Killer (1983)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

DCI Jim Taggart and his new partner, DS Peter Livingstone, of the Maryhill CID hunt for a killer targetting young blonde women.

Stars: Mark McManus, Alastair Duncan, Tom Watson
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Jason Mackenzie, a lightning powered vigilante, is called into action when an ancient Scottish creature, The Caillech, returns to our world and plans to destroy it in three days.

Director: Fraser Coull
Stars: Karen Bartke, Kirsty Anderson, Sean P. Anderson
Robin's Nest (1977–1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Now a qualified chef, Robin from "Man About the House" (1973) sets up home with his girlfriend, and a business with his girlfriend's father.

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Tessa Wyatt, Tony Britton
Extras (2005–2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant
Brookside (1982–2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.

Stars: Alexandra Fletcher, Diane Burke, Steven Pinder
Still Game (TV Series 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now in the fictional area of Craiglang, Glasgow.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley


Series cast summary:
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ...  Mr. McLelland 41 episodes, 1984-1991
Gerard Kelly ...  Willie Melvin 41 episodes, 1984-1991
Iain McColl Iain McColl ...  Tam 41 episodes, 1984-1991
Jonathan Watson ...  Brian 41 episodes, 1984-1991
Jan Wilson Jan Wilson ...  Mrs. Melvin / ... 41 episodes, 1984-1991
Andy Gray Andy Gray ...  Chancer 39 episodes, 1984-1991
Elaine C. Smith Elaine C. Smith ...  Irene 38 episodes, 1984-1991


A bank teller with dreams of being a writer sets the scene for this rich comedy of grasping defeat from the jaws of victory life asserting wry sitcom.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

21 December 1984 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(30 episodes)


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Much Loved Comedy...Please Release on DVD!
17 November 2019 | by wilsonstuart-32346See all my reviews

'Pure Dead Brilliant!' is Prestwick Airport, in Ayrshire's, corporate logo that greets new arrivals into Scotland....and I detest it. Given Ayrshire's links with Robert Burns, and Scotland's contribution to arts, literature, engineering, medicine and law is that the best they could come up with? This means little or nothing to most Scots (let alone anyone else) under 40... but in its heyday it was synonymous with City Lights, a successful 1980s comedy set in Glasgow, and it was repeated endlessly in playgrounds, pubs and work places across Scotland.

The late Gerard Kelly was Willie Melvin, a put upon bank clerk by day, an aspiring writer by night. I sometimes wondered if there were similarities (albeit loose) between Willie and Tony Hancock, another dreamy striver who was constantly thwarted by unwanted intervention and advice from his friends...or his own incompetence and bad luck.

City Lights had a colourful cast of eccentric characters; petty fly man Chancer and his dimwitted henchman Tam; the long suffering fiancé Janice, who wanted commitment from Willie, not words; the smary boss, Mr McLelland, and his sycophantic aide Brian; most of the Glasgow patter was supplied by Mum, who was quick to puncture Willie's pretentions. Elaine C Smith's daft mate will be forever associated with the catchphrase.

Surrounding Willie was the rapdily changing city of Glasgow, a year away from 1988's Garden Festival, The European City of Culture and 'Smiles Better'.

This is a gem if series from a fruitful era of Scottish comedy (think Rab C Nesbitt, Naked Video or Absolutely) and if it were to get a good release that would a fitting tribute to Gerard Kelly and Iain McColl...it would be pure, dead, brilliant in fact!

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed