The Old Guys - In The Press
It's not hard to find fault with The Old Guys: the female characters don't quite work; the scrapes that odd-couple pensioners Tom and Roy get into feel laboured; and often it's just not funny enough. But sometimes it very much is, and Roger Lloyd Pack's performance as Tom shows signs of becoming a bit special. Tom's self-image as a hip old cat with a colourful past (much of it, we suspect, imaginary) plays well against Clive Swift as the strait-laced Roy.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 7th March 2009
The final episode of this so-so sitcom features its main characters, two single elderly men, competing for the affections of a Belarusian prostitute in Soho - a plotline that's a long way from Galton and Simpson, to say the least. But then, this is the Noughties, and writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong were also behind the enjoyably risqué Peep Show.
Final episode of the sitcom from writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. It's sharply written as you'd expect from the writers of the unassailable Peep Show, and Swift and Lloyd-Pack make an engaging double act that deserve a second series. And Jane Asher is in it, so what's not to like?
It's not Withnail And I, but this gentle comedy from Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong has proved a hit.
The sex lives of the over-sixties is not a subject you often hear about on TV but a BBC sitcom about just that, The Old Guys, has been a hit. The Scotsman talks to two of its stars about getting on... and behaving badly.
Written by Claire Black. The Scotsman, 23rd February 2009
Two old men - one wee and fat, one tall and skinny. While they may be entitled to a bus pass, they are still up to all sorts of tricks. At last it's the return of Scotland's pride and joy, Still Game, despite the rumours it was over. Wait. No. It's called The Old Guys and stars a guy from The Vicar of Dibley and one from Keeping Up Appearances.
Written by Rick Fulton. The Daily Record, 5th February 2009
There's more realism in The Old Guys than Not Going Out, within the comic boundaries that allow characters to bet on holding off going to the toilet and then when becoming desperate, decide to go in the kitchen sink, whereupon they are caught by an entire party of guests. But at least the leads, Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger in Only Fools And Horses) and Clive Swift (Richard in Keeping Up Appearances) are very experienced actors who make their performances seem natural.
Coming from the comedy genius minds of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show) and Simon Blackwell (The Thick Of It), we were hoping for Peep Show with a Bus Pass and Arthritis. And we almost got it. But the tone was wrong (nowhere near dark enough or real enough) and, instead of being fresh and funny, it was just another humdrum BBC1 sitcom.
The old guys in The Old Guys are engaged in a sedate but still desperate competition to appear less old than they are, and, specifically, less old than each other. In the first of this new sitcom, the pair institute a competition to prove which has the stronger bladder. Caught short at their neighbour Sally's party, Tom and Roy end up peeing in her kitchen sink. Fortunately they get away with this and no one notices. Oh, no they don't! Sally discovers them mid-leak. Reaction shot. Cue music, applause and credits.
If I hadn't known that new Saturday night sitcom The Old Guys was from Peep Show pair Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, would I have given it the time of day? Probably not. At first glance this was just another variant on the Odd Couple theme: mismatched housemates bitch and bicker, the twist being that this pair had one foot in the grave.
Keith Watson, Metro, 2nd February 2009
This new sitcom, written by the same team responsible for Peep Show, sounded promising. It describes the lives of two men of a certain age who met in a pub and ended up living together. One is divorced, the other is a widower, and they both lust after their neighbour. Instead of reaching for pipe and slippers, the two of them belong to a generation that grew up with the Rolling Stones; although they may joke about age and decrepitude, in spirit they are eternally young. There is nothing wrong with the comic performances, but such an unashamedly old-fashioned format is strangely at odds with its subject matter. Peep Show this isn't.
A new sitcom by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the writers of Channel 4's excellent if uncomfortably dark Peep Show. Their new creation - which is about the misadventures of two elderly friends, played by Roger Lloyd Pack and Clive Swift - is warmer, but anarchic none the less.
Sound the trumpets: it's a new sitcom from writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the team behind Channel 4's wonderful, Bafta-winning Peep Show. And they haven't strayed far from that show's premise: two blokes living together and getting on each other's nerves. The difference is age - this is Peep Show crossed with One Foot in the Grave, if you like.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 31st January 2009
Any new sitcom by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the sharp brains behind the excellent Peep Show is going to be worth a look, and this could have the makings of a classic. Roger-Lloyd Pack and Clive Swift star as the mismatched Tom and Roy, one a baby boomer who never left the 60s behind, the other an OAP with intellectual delusions of grandeur. Throw into the mix glamourous neighbour Sally (the still sexy as hell Jane Asher), who the boys have the hots for, and you have the makings of a classic sitcom. Fingers crossed...