Still Game returns to the BBC

TV Series Still Game
Series 7
Station BBC 1, Friday, 2130
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THE new series of Still Game sees the return of japing duo Jack and Victor and the rest of the ageing Craiglang gang.

Returning after a nine-year hiatus from television, the show has graduated to BBC1 from their previous position on BBC Scotland.

In the pair’s latest adventures the clever jigsaw narratives continue, albeit with a greater reliance on physical humour than ever before.

Episode three saw Winston receive a hefty parking ticket and Jack, Victor and Isa prepare ‘Methadone’ Mick to attend a job interview. Boabby also made an appearance to receive an honour for his work with Pete ‘The Jakie’.

There was great worry amongst fans of the earlier series’ that it would not live up to the hype whipped up during the time off air- during which the cast toured sell-out theatres, their original home- but I see no issue there. The double-threat actors/writers have hit-the-ground-running.

Admittedly, though, it is obvious that the pair are feeling the pressure. The first three episodes in the series have seen the addition of slapstick comedy- slips, trips, falls, toilet humour. Most of this merited the odd chuckle but the deviation from the original dry quips is clear. It seems to me that with time and a return to stride, the usual intelligent humour will prevail.

Aside from this, the show is deserving of its hype. The pair continue to cast their observational eye over the lives of working-class pensioners in this country, in which viewers can see their ageing relatives amongst the high-rises of Craiglang.

It’s obvious that the show has created a loyal following, especially in its native Glasgow. Before starting the new series, Still Game quickly sold out a run of 16 shows in the City alone.

Welcome back, boys!

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