City Lights (1984 TV series)

City Lights is a Scottish television sitcom made by BBC Scotland and set in Glasgow. It ran from 1984 to 1991 (networked 1987 to 1991) and was written by Bob Black. Two stage shows, featuring the original cast, toured Scotland.[1]

City Lights
Written byBob Black
Directed byRon Bain
Colin Gilbert
StarringDave Anderson
Andy Gray
Gerard Kelly
Iain McColl
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6
No. of episodes39
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release21 December 1984 (1984-12-21) –
16 December 1991 (1991-12-16)


It starred Gerard Kelly as Willie Melvin, a bank-teller at the fictional Strathclyde Savings Bank (whose logo was very similar to the TSB), with dreams of becoming a novelist. Most of the plots revolved around his attempts to get his book, the autobiographical My Childhood Up A Close, published.

Cast and charactersEdit

He was held back in this by his own incompetence, the dodgy dealings of his best friend Chancer (Andy Gray), and the lack of support he gained from his mother (Jan Wilson), the bank's manager Adam McLelland (Dave Anderson) and his obsequious fellow teller, Brian (Jonathan Watson). Other recurring characters included Chancer's friend Tam (Iain McColl) and Willie's love interests, Janice (Elaine Collins, Series 1 and 2) and Fiona (Ann Bryson, Series 4 and 5).

Billy Connolly guest-starred in one episode.


  1. ^ "City Lights (UK)".

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