never kips" for Snoddy - new sitcom for BBC ONE Scotland
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.
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!
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.
manages to fill this time with his two all-consuming passions -
. 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.
the occasions when "The Elite" is called upon to solve
a crime Snoddys 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.
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
"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
its solving the classic "body in a locked room"
murder mystery or apprehending Snoddys personal nemesis, the
master criminal Kenny Carty, you can be sure things will not go
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 Elites 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.
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.
by John Crawford (a Scot living in England just like Nesbitts
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.
a series Snoddy is set to run and run. After all, as the man himself
says, "Crime never kips!"
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.