Donald McLeary

Fags, Mags and Bags: Series 5-9
  • Fags, Mags and Bags: Series 5-9

  • Five more series of the award-winning BBC radio sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop near Glasgow

    'As mad as ever - and very funny' Daily Mail

    Ramesh Mahju and his trusty sidekick Dave Legg are back with more banter, bargains, shop-based shenanigans and over-the-counter philosophy.

    In these 24 episodes, Ramesh gets in trouble with the local headmistress over his new line of sweets, has a wobble about his Meat Loaf date with new girlfriend Malcolm, ponders retiring (but who would take over his convenience store empire?) and makes a mint when the new House of Wax opens in Lenzie, and the town is besieged by tourists.

    However, his surly sons Sanjay and Alok continue to reject Ramesh's worldly wisdom, preferring to make music with their new friend Grebo (aka Carnaptious Scrooch). And when the Bish spots Sanjay busking in East Kilbride, he's forced to confess that he's not been entirely truthful about his college education.

    Dave, meanwhile, explores every avenue to find a partner, from internet dating to wondering whether to take his 'bromance' with best pal Lesley to the next level. When he meets Margot on a Moving Alan fan site, he's on cloud nine - but not everyone is convinced...

    Plus, the Wall of Crisps is rocked by scandal, as the bag placement of a new range of Scottish political snacks is hotly debated; and love is in the air as the corner shop regulars prepare for a wedding. But will Sanjay perform at the reception with his new horrible band?

    Written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary, this warm, feelgood comedy also features Mina Anwar as Malcolm, and a host of guest stars including Julie T Wallace, Sean Biggerstaff, Julia Deakin, Lewis MacLeod, Simon Greenall and Gabriel Quigley.


    Production credits
    Written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary
    Produced by Gus Beattie for Gusman Productions
    A Comedy Unit production for BBC Radio 4

    Cast
    Ramesh - Sanjeev Kohli
    Dave - Donald McLeary
    Sanjay - Omar Raza
    Alok - Susheel Kumar
    Malcolm - Mina Anwar
    Frank Butcher - Barry Howard
    Archibald Sibbald/Alan/Mr Hepworth/Lorna McKillop - Tom Urie
    Mutton Jeff - Sean Scanlan
    Bra Jeff - Steven McNicoll
    Hilly Bewerdine/Paella Fieldings - Kate Brailsford
    Jordan - Lucas Beatty/James McKean
    Mrs Begg - Marjory Hogarth
    Father Neil Green - Andrew O'Neill
    Bishop Briggs - Michael Redmond
    Mrs Birkett/Phil - Stewart Cairns
    Keith Futures - Gavin Mitchell/Greg McHugh
    Mrs Temple - Julie T Wallace
    Lovely Sue - Julie Wilson Nimmo
    Grebo - Sean Biggerstaff/Manny Sumal
    Janice Littbarski - Julia Deakin
    Terry Wogan/Duncan Norvelle - Lewis MacLeod
    Keenan's Mum/Mrs Armstrong/Thin Elizabeth//Dolly Eggs/Cambus - Maureen Carr
    Candida - Barbara Rafferty
    Lesley - Simon Greenall
    Fraser Linlithgow - Sean Biggerstaff
    Kallum - Taryam Boyd
    Songs of Praise presenter - Effie Summers
    Helena - Lorraine McIntosh
    Provost - Moray Hunter
    Angusina Comer/Nathan Laser - Gavin Mitchell
    Margot - Gabriel Quigley
    Other parts played by the cast

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 September-31 October 2012 (Series 5), 18 April-23 May 2016 (Series 6), 28 August-18 September 2017 (Series 7), 15 August-5 September 2018 (Series 8), 19 June-10 July 2020 (Series 9)

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (P) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Sanjeev Singh Kohliis a British Asian comedian, writer and actor. He is most famous for his role as Navid in the Scottish sitcom Still Game. In 2016 Sanjeev reprised the role of Navid in the sitcom Still Game. He also playes Ramesh Majhu in the radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags and (since 2015) as AJ Jandhu in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City. Kohli has also played Norrie in BBC Four's Bob Servant Independent. Glasgow born writer/performer Donald Mcleary is probably best know for BBC Radio 4's "Fags Mags and Bags" which he co-created, writes and performs with Sanjeev Kohli. He won the Writer's Guild Award for best radio comedy for series one of this show and was also nominated for a Sony award.

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