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"Crime never kips" for Snoddy - new sitcom for BBC ONE Scotland

Snoddy is a new situation comedy series from The Comedy Unit starring Gregor Fisher, star of the hit comedy Rab C Nesbitt and The Baldyman which was such a huge international success. The first of this six part series transmits on BBC ONE Scotland on Wednesday 13 March at 10.35pm.

In this new series Gregor plays Samuel J Snoddy, a very different character to either Nesbitt or Baldy, but one equally capable of creating comic mayhem wherever he goes!

Samuel J Snoddy is a policeman – but no ordinary policeman! And as befits "no ordinary policeman" he works for "no ordinary police department". Snoddy is Detective Inspector with the Elite Crime Squad. "The Elite" was set up to handle all cases considered unsolvable by other departments. Naturally other departments are reluctant to admit they cannot solve cases, so this leaves "The Elite" – and Snoddy - with both an undeserved high professional reputation and an undeserved high proportion of spare time on their hands.

Snoddy manages to fill this time with his two all-consuming passions - golf and …. golf. In addition to this, his entrepreneurial instincts constantly lead him to dabble in dodgy business concerns which so far include a hot dog stand, a donkey sanctuary and a Scottish theme bar in Spain.

On the occasions when "The Elite" is called upon to solve a crime Snoddy’s finely honed twin qualities – golfer and shyster – come to the fore. He will often solve a case making as many bizarre mental leaps as he makes bizarre zig zagging bunker shots on the golf course. And his business acumen always seems to ensure that if a criminal pulls a fast one, Samuel J Snoddy will pull an even faster one and come out well on top.

Resourceful, courageous, unpredictable and at times downright dangerous, Snoddy is regarded with a mixture of fear and awe by his colleagues in "The Elite". These include Constables Murdoch (Gavin Mitchell) and Wilson (James Young) whose days revolve around watching endless re-runs of Sunset Beach on TV, smoking hash and generally chilling out; Professor Baxter (Brian Pettifer) the confused and accident prone scientific officer; Miss Laura Bonney (Dawn Steele), the attractive and brilliant legal brains of the outfit and a constant sexual fantasy for Murdoch & Wilson; and not forgetting Detective Chief Inspector Chalmers (Hugh Ross), the enigmatic visionary who founded "The Elite" – although these days his enigmatic visions tend to come courtesy of sniffing an ancient formula of metal polish reputed to have been brought to the Highlands in 1238 by Swedish monks.

Despite "The Elite" having all this talent it is Snoddy who drives the department on. "Crime never kips!" he declares as he leads the team, in whatever haphazard a fashion, in its latest case.

Whether it’s solving the classic "body in a locked room" murder mystery or apprehending Snoddy’s personal nemesis, the master criminal Kenny Carty, you can be sure things will not go smoothly.

Even when things are quiet Snoddy can still create mayhem. On being handed a vast sum of money to arrange for the design and redecoration of the Elite’s offices he decides to pocket the cash and do it himself while in another episode an official tour by a visiting foreign Chief of Police turns into a shambles as Snoddy tries to take part in a golf tournament at the same time.

While in one episode his illicit business activities result in the infamous Glasgow Soup Riots, in another his bravery and resourcefulness save the city from a rampaging Psychotic Cyborg Robot Policeman, Snoddy is by turn hero and villain.

Written by John Crawford (a Scot living in England just like ‘Nesbitt’s creator Ian Pattison) and brought to the screen by Gregor Fisher, Snoddy is a unique and original comic creation in the tradition of the best comic characters.

As a series Snoddy is set to run and run. After all, as the man himself says, "Crime never kips!"

Snoddy is a Comedy Unit Production for BBC Scotland. It is produced by Colin Gilbert of The Comedy Unit. The executive producer for BBC Scotland is Ewan Angus.



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