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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
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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.

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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!


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