Still Game to return as a stage show

Tuesday 15th October 2013 @ 1:25pm

Story update, 23rd October: The below news has now been officially confirmed, with four dates booked at the 13,000 capacity Hydro in Glasgow for September and October 2014. Hemphill has also confirmed they are holding talks with the BBC about reviving the sitcom for either another series or specials.

Still Game. Image shows from L to R: Victor McDade (Greg Hemphill), Jack Jarvis (Ford Kiernan). Image credit: The Comedy Unit.Still Game, the hit BBC Scotland sitcom starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, is set to return as a stage show.

The comedy, which follows the adventures of old age pensioners Jack and Victor, started life as a stage show in Glasgow in 1999 before in 2002 becoming a popular BBC TV sitcom which ran for 44 episodes across six series.

Speculation mounted yesterday that a new Still Game project was afoot when the two creators revealed they had set a press conference for Wednesday 23rd October to make a 'very special announcement'. Now, ahead of this announcement, The Daily Record has confirmed the project is a new stage show featuring the sitcom's cast.

According to the report, Kiernan and Hemphill will appear alongside Paul Riley (Winston), Jane McCarry (Isa), Sanjeev Kohli (Navid) and Gavin Mitchell (Boaby).

The Daily Record wrote: "The cast won't announce full details yet but insiders told us the cast will tread the boards in a spectacular live stage production in much the same style as Mrs Brown's Boys." A source told the paper "Next week is going to be an amazing get-together."

Full details will be announced on the 23rd, however a likely possibility is the show will be performed at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The large venue, which has just opened, is run by SECC, who handled some of the media relations yesterday.

The news of the new project marks a reconciliation of the working relationship between Kiernan and Hemphill. The duo, who also collaborated together on sketch show Chewin' The Fat, parted company in 2008 due to "creative differences".

Talking last year, Hemphill said of their break-up: "It's kind of sad, really. It reflects the pressure we were under that we never really acknowledged. We rarely took holidays. Stuff like that, it all bubbled up." He also concluded "our friendship was a casualty of the stresses we had together in a sense."

There has long been speculation the characters may return, with Kiernan having previously said of the format "It's not dead. It's just parked." Signs the relationship was repairing between the creators surfaced in July when they gave their blessing to the Sonic Boom Theatre Company to perform one of the scripts for a charity event.

Still Game. Image shows from L to R: Navid Harrid (Sanjeev Kohli), Isa Drennan (Jane McCarry), Jack Jarvis (Ford Kiernan), Boaby (Gavin Mitchell), Victor McDade (Greg Hemphill), Tam Mullen (Mark Cox), Winston Ingram (Paul Riley). Image credit: The Comedy Unit.Following the announcement of the press conference 24 hours ago, there has been speculation on social media networks that Still Game would be returning to television, however sources have told The Herald newspaper that there is no plans to bring the show back to television, "at least in the short term".

A BBC spokesman said: "We are awaiting developments from Ford and Greg."

Last week, Michael Hines, who directed the TV series, said in a newspaper interview: "I don't think we finished Still Game at the right time. We left it on that great cliffhanger of Isa and Navid snogging and I know I definitely wanted to know what happened after that.

"So I'd love to give it another bash. There's always a fear about bringing back a sitcom, you wonder if it would still be as loved. Is Rab C as loved now as it was at the time? I honestly don't know.

"But I think Still Game would definitely be loved again. You could argue that everyone loved it, so leave things as they are, or that everyone loved it so there's a massive demand to see it again. Personally, I'd love to make it again."

Below is footage from Still Game Live At Cottiers, the original 1999 stage show which saw the characters Jack, Victor and Winston trapped in Victor's flat due to a broken lift.


Our Guide to 'Still Game'

 

Latest News

Jonathan Ross to present cookery panel show pilot

Jonathan Ross to present cookery panel show pilot

Jonathan Ross is to present a food-themed comedy panel show pilot. The format is described as a 'mouth watering, light-hearted celebration of food in all its forms'.

BBC One orders The John Bishop Show

BBC One orders The John Bishop Show

John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights from later this spring.

Channel 5 returns to making British comedy

Channel 5 returns to making British comedy

Channel 5 is to start broadcasting British comedy again. A deal with Comedy Central will see it broadcast series such as Impractical Jokers.

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase 2015 programme revealed

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase 2015 programme revealed

Funz And Gamez, Fishbowl and Barbara Nice are amongst the comedy that will be showcased across BBC events in Salford on the 12th and 13th May.

Jim Howick to star in BBC Two's Stag

Jim Howick to star in BBC Two's Stag

BBC Two boss Kim Shillinglaw has announced that Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy-thriller from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith.

Lesley Manville to star in new BBC Two sitcom 'Mum'

Lesley Manville to star in new BBC Two sitcom 'Mum'

BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

Alex Horne interview

Alex Horne interview

His latest Edinburgh show involved ladders from Wickes, his first one was supposed to feature a bloke from Hot Chip. Read

Missing TV sketch shows?

Missing TV sketch shows?

The organisers of London Sketchfest ponder why there's hardly any sketch shows on TV nowadays. Read

Ballot Monkeys preview

Ballot Monkeys preview

Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read

Frankie and Benny

Frankie and Benny

Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read

Jan Etherington interview

Jan Etherington interview

We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read

Lee Nelson interview

Lee Nelson interview

Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read

Have you made a short film?

Have you made a short film?

Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. Read

Win a comedy writing book

Win a comedy writing book

We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Enter

Get Started In Stand-Up

Get Started In Stand-Up

We've got some copies of Logan Murray's great tutorial book Get Started In Stand-Up to hand out to comedians. Enter

Alan Partridge book sequel

Alan Partridge book sequel

A sequel to Alan Partridge's smash hit autobiography, I, Partridge, will be published in 2016. Read

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale talks about how he nearly said no to hosting Virtually Famous, and panel shows in the USA. Read

Terry Jones - Bath Plug

Terry Jones - Bath Plug

Monty Python star Terry Jones has received Bath Comedy Festival's first ever 'Bath Plug Award'. Pictures