Mark Cox plays Tam Mullen
A complete miser, Tam is tight and always on the look-out for ways to save money and live off other’s generosity.
It’s got a new group of fans who weren’t even born when it first came out but they’ve been sort of handed it down by their parents or they’ve found it online.
Married to local librarian Frances, Tam became a first time dad to Tam Junior at the age of 70 and immediately cashed in on this with advertising deals and TV appearances. Despite the fact they clash over cash, Tam is closest to Winston proving that opposites attract.
You play Tam Mullen… what’s he like?
Well, Tam Mullen’s Craiglang’s financial adviser. Over the years, he’s got used to money saving methods and it’s getting worse the older he gets. He’s quite fly when it comes to money.
He’s got a relationship with everyone but they’re all quite suspicious of him but not enough to not let him be part of their team. He wouldn’t do anything bad to anyone but he doesn’t have a problem with trying to make a penny or two out of them if he can.
He’s known as the local miser - fair comment or is he just frugal?
Oh he’s a miser. He’s never had money, just like the others so he’s got something of an addiction to trying to get more as, and when, he can.
Still Game has grown to be something of a comedy phenomenon…
It seems to have an appeal to everyone through the ages - Still Game attracts the very young to the very old. I had a group of pensioners come up to me recently telling me how authentic it was to them. Its longevity is that it appeals to all ages and the thing is it’s got a new group of fans who weren’t even born when it first came out but they’ve been sort of handed it down by their parents or they’ve found it online.
I get loads of people come up to me saying “I watch it every night” - the number of times I hear that phrase said is quite incredible.
What does the new series offer comedy fans?
We’ve got some new characters including some new darker energies shall we say in the shape of an undertaker played by Bruce Morton called I D Sheathing. This character is brilliant, the very nature of the demographic of the show which is made up of old people means they’re unnerved by the arrival of a new funeral director. He’s not that bad… or is he?
Then we had the wonderful Craig Ferguson join for the end of the run. Brilliant character - a wee bit of Hollywood coming to town on screen and on set.
It’s great having different people come and join in as they bring different energies with them.
The aging process for Still Game is amazing - how do you find it?
HD TV has a lot to answer for. I’m 46 now but time marches on and I’m seeing a big change on screen which is terrifying! We’re in the departure lounge now, catching up on our characters age. Tam wears lots of acrylic and man-made fibres, there’s nothing cotton in there apart from my own underpants! The shoes are always really comfortable so mustn’t grumble.
And if you could be in any other comedy series which one would you choose and why?
There’s a lot going on at the moment. I always liked The League of Gentlemen and Derry Girls which is really good. Comedy is everywhere not just on TV now which is wonderful.