First published in The Times, Monday October 7 2019
When the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game bowed out this year its writers Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill left fans in no doubt that this was the end for Jack Jarvis, Victor McDade and the Craiglang posse. Not since the final episode of Blake’s 7, in 1981, has a television series more ruthlessly dispatched most of its starring cast.
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First published in The Times, Monday February 6 2017
“We’re gonnae keep it real this time,” says Jack (Ford Kiernan) at the start of this second live outing for the Glasgow sitcom, a nod to the dazzling Bollywood song-and-dance number that brought the curtain (and the house) down at the end of the first incarnation of Still Game Live, back in 2014.
Predictably, Jack’s claim of going back to comedy basics is undermined almost immediately when Navid (Sanjeev Kohli) appears, floating on a magic carpet above the counter in Harrid’s convenience store. Isa (Jane McCarry) makes her entrance, with sparks shooting out of the end of her mop. Winston (Paul Riley) arrives, flying from wires, Peter Pan-style, while Tam (Mark Cox) fires himself out of a cannon. The crowd in the 12,000-seat Hydro goes wild.
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First published in The Times, Friday May 29 2015
The 1991 BBC adaptation of Roberto Cossa’s La Nona featured no less a comedy legend than the late Les Dawson in the title role. By the same token the cast list for this National Theatre of Scotland production reads like a who’s who of Scottish comedy, with Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher returning to the stage for the first time in 30 years to tackle the pitiless 100-year-old matriarch who literally eats her family out of house and home.
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