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Still Game

Greg Hemphill as Victor and Ford Kiernan as Jack

Once christened "Last of the Summer Whisky" by Sassenachs, Still Game is BBC Scotland's tale of two old men, Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade who've known each other for 60 years and half-grudgingly come to the conclusion they're best friends.

Over six decades Jack and Victor have watched their Glasgow neighbourhood of Craiglang turn from a site of optimistic regeneration into a "toatal shitehole", which they now cast their cantankerous gaze over from either side of a landing high in the Osprey Heights tower block.

They spend their time bemoaning the modern world, sticking their noses into other people's business and - despite their friendship - nursing decades-old grievances against each other.

Jack and Victor

As in Last of the Summer Wine, the main characters are surrounded by a gaggle of not-so-golden oldies, including chain-smoking Winston Ingram, always on the lookout for a get-rich-quick scheme, miserly Tam Mullen, Osprey Heights' gossip Isa Drennan and local corner-shop manager, Navid Harrid and his nagging wife Meena, who is never seen on screen.

Where Summer Wine evokes a lost era, however, Still Game is resolutely up-to-date, with Jack and Victor forced to face up to terrifying local hooligans, scrapes with local money-lenders and even a disturbed Dial-a-Bus driver (Robbie Coltrane).

Still Game began life as a stage play, written by Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, with their characters going on to feature heavily in the BBC Scotland sketch series Chewin' the Fat.

The spin-off sitcom began in 2002, initially airing only on BBC Scotland with later series being screened on BBC TWO.

At one stage it was attracting over half of the available audience in Scotland and has gone on to be a significant hit south of the border too, narrowly missing out on a Golden Rose at Montreux in 2003.

Cast

Ford Kiernan
Jack Jarvis
Greg Hemphill
Victor McDade
Sanjeev Kohli
Navid Harrid
Jane McCarry
Isa Drennan
Gavin Mitchell
Bobby
Paul Riley
Winston Ingram

Crew

Greg Hemphill
writer
Ford Kiernan
writer
Michael Hines
director
Colin Gilbert
producer
Ewan Angus
executive producer

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