Burnistoun - In The Press

"If we'd never done it live, we knew that in a few years we'd regret it," says Iain Connell and Robert Florence.

Written by Jay Richardson. The Scotsman, 21st March 2015

Robert Florence pulls out his wallet and proudly flourishes the business card of an executive from Russian state television.

Written by Angela McManus. The Herald, 15th March 2015

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.

My criteria for a winning comedy are: a) Does it make me laugh? b) Are there good-looking burds in it? c) Does it allow me to come over all pretentious about sub-text, deeper meaning and Scottish identity? The answers are yes, yes and yes. Burnistoun seems to be saying that Scotland, formerly a land of inventors, may be stuck in the hoose these days but it continues to embrace the new. Who is Jolly Boy John, home-broadcasting on his laptop in Speedos to techno, if not the son of Jolly Boy John Logie Baird? As Scott, shell-suited mate of the equally sports-casual Peter, puts it: "Even yer maw's life-streamin' noo."

Not all change is good. The "Up the road!" boys loathe trendy ambience when they're out for a drink or a meal. Hairy McClowdry, host of Kiltie Time, incorporates Kanye West and Ryan Gosling into his heedrum-hodrum rhymes but that's deemed acceptable, whereas it's not okay for history presenters to stride around moors, all lustrous of barnet (Neil Oliver, I think they mean you). If there's schizophrenia at work on Burnistoun, well, isn't that the national condition? One thing we can all agree on, I'm sure, is that it's plain wrong for local talent to swan off to Hollywood and come back talking about how great it is to be "Skaddish" (Lulu, Sheena Easton and Gerard Butler, stop it now). If the show's creators, Iain Connell and Robert Florence, ever get to Hollywood - and I'd love to see Burnistoun: The Movie - it's a pretty safe bet they won't make the same ­mistake.

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman, 22nd September 2012

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.

Walter and Paul, also known as the ice-cream brothers, were last seen with their ice-cream van rolling into the sea in the cliffhanger ending of the second series on BBC Two.

Fans of the duo had hoped Florence and co-star and writer Iain Connell would resurrect the duo for the third series. But Florence yesterday tweeted that the pair were "dead".

But he later added: "All this is subject to change of course." That sparked hopes the pair will live on as characters beyond the grave, perhaps meeting their late "mammy".

The Daily Record, 19th January 2012

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.

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent, 21st October 2011

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.

Sam Richards, The Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2011

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.

It's a shame, really, because Burnistoun is a very good show. To give you a quick summary of what it's about, the show features a range of different characters played by Robert Florence and Iain Connell in the fictional town of Burnistoun. The most famous characters are Paul and Walter, the owners of the town's ice cream van who always share a moment of high tension.

This week, idiotic Walter got petrified from watching a horror film which turned out to be Jools Holland's TV show, had to deal with a women who wanted to buy tampons and Paul tried to break up Walter's relationship with his best friend - a Breville sandwich toaster. The sketch was just bonkers but utterly brilliant. Bizarre ideas kept building on top of the other until the point that all you can do is drive your van away.

The best way to describe this show is simply 'daft'. Sketches featuring two Kenny Rodgers impersonators falling in love, a rap about shoes being left on top of bus stops, and a trailer for a horror film about a terrifying wee wardrobe are amongst some of the oddities that are on offer.

As said before, it seems baffling that such a show is not being shown nationwide, because it clearly is a hit over the border. For me, it's rather like one of those situations where they try out a TV show on a digital station before moving it over to a terrestrial channel. If it's successful, then it'll no doubt be given more public exposure. I say that, but it already is successful really, so if the BBC wouldn't mind sticking it on in England now I think we'd all be glad.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 11th April 2011

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...

Set in a Scottish town peopled by cheerful weirdos and menacing idiots, it excels at taking ordinary sketch set-ups and stretching them a little further than other shows, with a macabre twist or a burst of Airplaine!-ish stupidity. iPlayer doesn't discriminate between BBC2 and BBC2 Scotland, so the whole series is online, even south of the border

The Radio Times, 6th April 2010

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