Burnistoun - In The Press
Deceased comedy show given new life at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.
Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 20th February 2015
If fans of television's cult comedy Burnistoun are wondering why it took Robert Florence and Iain Connell so long to bring their favourite characters to the stage, they might want to consider the duo's last live appearance together.
Written by Angela McManus. Glasgow Evening Times, 10th February 2015
Burnistoun writers Robert Florence and Iain Connell have pledged to ensure fans get to see the live version of the show after tickets sold out in under an hour today.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 19th December 2014
Comedy duo Robert Florence and Iain Connell are taking their Scottish show to Glasgow's King's Theatre during the annual event.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 17th December 2014
Burnistoun creators Robert Florence and Iain Connell have shot a new sitcom pilot for the BBC.
Written by Jay Richardson. Chortle, 20th September 2013
Online now and airing on the BBC Learning Channel and BBC Scotland in the summer, Enlighten Up! seems an unlikely television return for Burnistoun creators Robert Florence and Iain Connell.
Written by Jay Richardson. The Scotsman, 18th April 2013
I can't believe I'm the last person to be turned on to Burnistoun's pawky, plooky wit, to move around the workplace shouting "For real!", to instruct the kids that when you find yourself dissatisfied with your surroundings, the only reasonable response is "Up the road!" It didn't grab me at the start and I gave up - too soon, because new sketch shows often seem more miss than hit until they get under your skin, and in its third season Burnistoun has got under mine like scabies. Third and last, alas. The "Save Burnistoun" campaign - which I'm prepared to downgrade to the "Gie's a Christmas special at least" initiative in exchange for a month's supply of macaroon bars because, yes, I can be bought - starts here.
Hilariously inventive and original sketches dominated the half-hour episode. You'll have to catch the show on iPlayer.
UK TV Reviewer, 14th August 2012
Robert Florence is the dreamer of the pair while Iain Connell brings a sense of reality to the table, but when the Burnistoun writers get together, the result is infectiously clever comedy.
Written by Jay Richardson. The Scotsman, 13th August 2012
Burnistoun writer Robert Florence dashed the hopes of thousands of fans yesterday when he confirmed the "death" of two of the show's most popular characters.
Can a Scottish comedy find acceptance in English living rooms is a question being tested by Burnistoun, a sketch show from north of the border. Subtitles would occasionally be helpful, but I laughed a lot, particularly at the racehorse who took exception to a punters' insults and turned up in the back seat of his car to give him a good hoofing.
Burnistoun is a bit like the Scottish version of Father Ted's Craggy Island or The League of Gentlemen's Royston Vasey - a weird small town that's home to the grotesque comic creations of Robert Florence and Iain Connell, such as catty ice cream men Paul and Walter, insecure "neds" (yobs) Peter and Scott, and Eighties-pop-loving, hair-trigger policemen McGregor and Toshan. Two series have already aired in Scotland; this episode collates highlights from the first series. It's no Little Britain, but it's passable, childish fun.
Burnistoun star Robert Florence is putting together a team of hotshot female comic writers - after stalking them on Twitter.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 12th October 2011
Burnistoun is set to become the latest Scottish comedy to go nationwide.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 8th October 2011
Scottish sketch show Burnistoun has won a slot on the UK-wide network telly schedules - thanks to the Daily Record.
The Daily Record, 18th June 2011
Amid the painful nonsense that masquerades under the banner 'comedy sketch show', it's a truly remarkable surprise to have a show like Burnistoun on our very doorsteps.
Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 23rd May 2011
Burnistoun comedy duo Robert Florence and Iain Connell may move to Channel 4 after BBC chiefs dragged their heels over a decision to put out their show UK-wide.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 4th May 2011
If you've not seen Burnistoun don't worry - most people haven't, primarily because it's only broadcast on BBC Scotland and thus if you live anywhere else in the UK you have to watch it on iPlayer.
Over the wall for a little gem.
Written by A. Pinter. Comedy Critic, 6th April 2011
Kirsty Strain is getting used to being laughed at. As one of the stars of BBC Scotland comedy show Burnistoun, the actress and model is usually on the end of a punchline.
Written by Steve Hendry. The Sunday Mail, 3rd April 2011
Iain Connell and Robert Florence, the writers and performers of Burnistoun, take us behind the scenes of the second series.
BBC Scotland, 25th March 2011
Burnistoun comedy writers Robert Florence and Iain Connell have admitted they don't care if they are never picked up by BBC chiefs in London - because they've got their eyes on a prize much closer to home.
Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 22nd March 2011
BBC boss Mark Thompson's Strategic Review told BBC2 to find more original comedies. The irony is, it's had two good ones this year, but only showed them in Scotland: the dark, one-man maelstrom of Limmy's Show, and now Burnistoun...
The Radio Times, 6th April 2010
Thank God for Burnistoun, a comedy that's actually funny. This BBC Scotland sketch show - which I've warmed to after initial uncertainty - is infused with the kind of invention and sheer likeability. Its writers/stars Iain Connell and Robert Florence are a font of agreeably daft ideas, my favourite this week being the guys trying to outdo each other with tales of their old gangster drinking buddies. More please.
BBC2's terrific new sitcom Burnistoun is inextricably tied to its Glaswegian setting - but why is that a reason not to show it outside Scotland?
Written by Grace Dent. The Guardian, 16th March 2010