City Lights

Louise Gold appeared as Mrs Ford, in Series 4, Episode 1: Thirtynothing (often written as Thirty Nothing), Recorded 11 September 1989 first broadcast nationally on BBC2, at 20:00 to 20:30 on Thursday 14 June 1990 (had previously been shown on BBC Scotland on 13 November 1989)



Willie Melvin – Gerard Kelly

Mum  - Jan Wilson

Chancer – Andy Gray

Brian – Jonathan Watson

Mc McLelland – Dave Anderson

Fiona – Ann Bryson

Tam – Iain McColl

Irene – Elaine C. Smith

Mr Gray – Steve Robertson

Mrs Ford – Louise Gold


Production Team

 Written by – Bob Black

Director – Ron Bain

Producer – Colin Gilbert

The location for Willie Melvin’s “home” in the series was actually writer Bob Black’s own flat.

Louise Gold, Elaine C Smith, and, Ron Bain had previously appeared in BBC Scotland’s Laugh I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, also shown on BBC 2; produced and directed by Colin Gilbert, and for which Bob Black was one of the writers.

Clips from Laugh I Nearly Paid My License fee were included on A Kick Up The Archive, also shown on BBC2, and in which Andy Gray, Jonathan Watson, Elaine C. Smith, and, Ron Bain also appeared.

Rachel And The Roarettes, Rita Rudner, Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round, A Week In The West End, and, Transmission: Impossible With Ed And Oucho were also shown on BBC 2, as was the first terrestrial broadcast of The Alan Clark Diaries.

Elaine C. Smith went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.


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Links about City Lights

BBC Comedy Guide, page for the programme:

Internet Movie Database entry for the programme:

British TV Comedy page for the programme: and

The British Sitcom Guide page for the programme:

Wikipedia’s page for the programme:

Comedy Zone’s page for the programme:

Memorable TV’s UK Sitcom’s Guide, part C:

Biology Enclopedia’s page for the programme:

Art History Club’s page for the programme:

Probert Enclyclopedia Section C:

DaveCov’s Comedy Classics, has a good section for the programme:

BBC Programme Catalogue entry for this episode:


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