Rab C. Nesbitt is a drunken, string vested lay about who lives with his long suffering wife Mary and his two sons in the working class area of Govan in Glasgow. When he's not getting drunk with his pals that include the devious, womanizing Jamesie Cotter. He's offering his philosophical outlook on life to whoever will listen.
Tis the season of goodwill and Mary is full of the Christmas spirit, whereas Rab is just full of spirits. Disillusioned with the whole idea of the festive season, Rab embarks on a one man campaign to stamp out Christmas. A tussle with Santa lands him in the jail and in hot water with Mary.
Rab gets an offer of a free trip to the World Cup in Italy, if he takes an old man with him.
Mary's cousin Shug and his wife Phoebe come to stay with the Nesbitts for Hogmanay.
Xmas Special: Gash wants to get married to his new girlfriend, and Ella gets a toyboy and kicks Jamesie out on the street.
Christmas Special 2008: Mary goes out to work leaving a newly sober Rab to make his own tea.
Behind the scenes of the Christmas 2008 Special.
How does a worldwide recession affect a waster, a workshy scrounger, a freeloading sponger like Rab C Nesbitt? In a hard-hitting, face-to-face interview, John Sergeant travels to Govan to interrogate the man behind the string vest. Supported by clips of Rab's finest and funniest moments, as well as testimonials from his closest friends and family, John gets under the skin of one of Britain's best-loved layabouts.
Facing hard times that are harder than ever, Rab turns to a life of crime to help make ends meet. He soon restyles himself as a new breed of heroic outlaw - not so much Robin Hood as Rab in Hoodie, as he rages against the state with his band of Merry Men and his long-suffering wife Mary-Doll, who becomes 'Maid Mary-on'.
Rab not only has a system to overthrow, he also has a grand-daughter, Peaches, who desperately needs the price of a ticket for the school cruise. Meanwhile, Jamesie strikes up an affinity with the local wildlife.
After returning home from the World Cup late, Rab's family decide they no longer want him. After moving in with Jamesie, Rab tries everything in his power to get himself put in jail.