(1997–2010) A retired policeman with a pompous self-importance in all things criminal, Truly is more relaxed, fun-loving, and can be more of an equal match at the local pub than his predecessors as third man . He can also be a bit more devious with practical jokes or witty schemes. Likewise, he can be equally sly in getting people out of a scrape or just helping out a friend. Divorced, he frequently makes disparaging comments about "the former Mrs Truelove" (who evidently feels the same way about him, judging by her new husband's reaction to Truly). Because of his previous involvement with the police, Truly refers to himself as "Truly of the Yard".. In the final two series he is demoted to a secondary character along with Norman Clegg, so his role as third man was filled by Hobbo.