The series featured a number of recurring characters, here's a synopsis of some of them. Some, like Jarvis and the feuding Professors of History Today, have also appeared outside of the series.
(Rob Newman) - Jarvis
has been described as an 'amoral lounge lizard'. He has a penchant for
the homeless and cruising in his Bentley. He appears in a smoking jacket,
long black fingernails, rings on every finger, hair slicked back and
an ever present cigar. He continued to appear in Rob Newman's stand-up
act long after the series ended.
|Shenley Grange (Sean Lock) - host of 'Disappearing World', a nature programme in which he usually managed to kill the animals he was featuring.|
|Emma (Alison Goldie) - David's girlfriend who was also seeing Rob and J.J.|
|Albert (Denys Graham) - The show's elderly stuntman who was only working in order to save enough money to buy his daughter, Sally, a dialysis machine.|
|J.J (Simon Greenall) - David's flatmate who embodies all the traits he can't stand in a person, such as saying 'as you do' and making his own jam.|
|Brian Coat (David Baddiel) - host of 'Safety First' whose catchphrase was 'Now there was no need for that to happen', despite the fact he usually caused the accident.|
|The Poltergeist - voiced, with the aid of distortion effects, by David Baddiel. It inhabited David's flat and tried to install fear in him but was usually ignored or asked to feed the cat.|
|Julius (David Baddiel) - featured in 'People of Restricted Seriousness'. His afflictions included facial features like a plastic joke-shop/ Groucho Marx nose & moustache, directional dysfunction (walking bent-over with hands behind back) which could only be corrected by holding out a large cigar.|