The High Life. Image shows from L to R: Steve McCracken (Forbes Masson), Sebastian Flight (Alan Cumming).

The High Life

Scottish comedy series about the crew of a cut-price airline shuttle service between Prestwick and Heathrow

Strand:
Comic Asides
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1994 - 1995  (BBC Two)
Episodes:
7 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Ryecart
Writers:
Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson

A short lived Scottish sitcom focused around two airline stewards.

The effete Sebastian and sex-obsessed Steve are the junior cabin crew aboard Air Scotia's shuttle service between Prestwick and Heathrow.

The boys work for the awe-inspiring chief purser Shona, and they are all in the hands of the clueless Captain Duff.

Our Review: As camp a sitcom as you're ever likely to see, this is a show that is unlikely to meet the tastes of everyone.

Deliberately overacting is the name of the game here, something the two leads pull off fairly successfully. There are still a number of weaknesses though, perhaps most notably the character of Captain Duff who is far too crazy, even for sitcom standards.

The High Life was fairly popular in the 90s, and would definitely have gone onto a second series if Alan Cumming hadn't been tempted away by Hollywood stardom (he was called up for James Bond blockbuster GoldenEye later in the same year and hasn't looked back since).

Curiously the BBC have decided, after 14 years, to repeat the series. We're not complaining, it's always great when a show is brought out the archives and put in front of a new audience.