Hamish Macbeth
Character: Hamish Macbeth
Original Release: 1995-1997
Produced by: Andrea Calderwood, Trevor Davies, Scott Meek, Deirdre Keir, Charles Salmon
Distributed by: BBC 1

Hamish Macbeth, a police constable in the Northern Constabulary, accompanied by his dog, a West Highland Terrier named Wee Jock, keeps the peace in the small town of Lochdubh (pronounced with the guttural 'ch' sound, LoCH-DOO). Macbeth does this in his own way, without undue reliance on the letter of the law and with every intention of avoiding being promoted out of what is his ideal job. He strongly dislikes involvement from Inverness police, and sometimes his main work doesn't seem to be the capture of local very petty criminals, but to keep them away from prison and penalties.

The major running theme of the series is the tension caused by Hamish's attraction to both the journalist of the local newspaper, Isobel Sutherland (Shirley Henderson) and the aristocratic author Alexandra Maclean (Valerie Gogan). Other themes include the clairvoyance of Hamish's friend and co-worker "TV John", John McIver (Ralph Riach), the not-so-secret romance between the school-teacher Esme Murray and the shopkeeper Rory Campbell, the volatile marriage of the publican Barney Meldrum and his wife Agnes, the schemes of the two Lachie MacCraes, father and son, the laid-back, pipe smoking Doc Brown (Duncan Duff), and Major Peregrine Mclean (David Ashton), father of Alexandra and aristocratic penniless bachelor

Cast & Characters

Ralph Riach (TV John McIver), Brian Pettifer (Rory Campbell), Stuart Davids (Lachie McCrae Jr.), Anne Lacey (Esme Murray), Barbara Rafferty (Agnes Meldon), Stuart McGugan (Barney Meldon), Shirley Henderson (Isobel Sutherland), Duncan Duff (Doc Brown), David Ashton (Maj. Roddy Maclean), Brian Alexander (Jubel), Mona Bruce (Edie), Anne Kristen (Miss Meikeljohn), Campbell Morrison (Harry Balfour), Morag Hood (Doloris Balfour), Billy Riddoch (Lachlan McCrae), Valerie Gogan (Alex Maclean), Jimmy Yuill (Lachlan McCrae), Dolina MacLennan (Flora), Rab Christie (Jimmy Soutar), Sandy McDade (Jean Foley), Iain McColl (Neil the Bus), Stephen Henderson (Frankie Brice), Ronnie Letham (Peter the Fireman), Jake D'Arcy (Scott), John Grieve (Herman)

Filming Locations:
  • Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland, UK
  • 43 Harbour Street, Plockton, Highland, Scotland, UK (Lochdubh Hotel and Stag Bar)
  • Balmacara Hotel, Balmacara, Highland, Scotland, UK (Stag Bar)
  • Plockton, Highland, Scotland, UK
  • Staffin, Skye, Highland, Scotland, UK
  • The Rhu, Plockton, Highland, Scotland, UK
  • Plockton Craft Shop, Bank Street, Plockton, Highland, Scotland, UK (Rory Campbell's shop)
  • Because of copyright problems with the use of excerpts from 'West Side Story' in the episode "Hamish Macbeth: West Coast Story" (1x04), that episode was omitted from all VHS and DVD releases of the series.
  • Simon, otherwise known as Seth to the crew, is still a gravedigger and now works as a rigger in the entertainment industry in the arenas in the North West of England and is otherwise known as Digger.
  • The series was filmed on location in the village of Plockton, the town of Kyle of Lochalsh and the surrounding area. A map of the Lochdubh area shown in the episode "In Search of a Rose" places Lochdubh close to Toscaig, just to the north of Kyle of Lochalsh, with Lochdubh Island being part of the Crowlin Islands.
  • The series was directed mainly by Nicholas Renton, with Mandie Fletcher directing four episodes and Jonas Grimås directing two episodes in 1997.

Memorable Quotes

Hamish Macbeth: I cannae take this Isobel. It’s living a lie. I’ve had enough.

Awards & Nominations

BAFTA TV Awards (1998) - Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
BAFTA TV Awards (1997) - Best Drama Series - Deirdre Keir, Trevor Davies
BAFTA Scotland Awards (1997) - Best Actor - Television - Robert Carlyle
BAFTA Scotland Awards (1995) - Best Actor - TV - Robert Carlyle
Royal Television Society Awards (1996) - Best Actor - Male - Robert Carlyle

Season Guide

Season 1 (1995)
Season 2 (1996)
Season 3 (1997)

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