Very Old Pretenders. Image shows from L to R: Rab (Jack Docherty), Andrew Merron (David Haig), MacDonald (Gordon Kennedy). Copyright: ABsoLuTeLy Productions.

Very Old Pretenders

BBC Radio 4 sitcom. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2011. Stars David Haig, Gordon Kennedy, Jack Docherty and Rebecca Front.

Series 1

1. The Patriots

First broadcast: Thursday 15th September 2011

In pursuit of patriotism, Andre Merron takes the soldiers to a tartan shop on the Royal Mile.

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2. In Therapy

First broadcast: Thursday 22nd September 2011

Friction between the two Jacobite soldiers comes to a head and results in a bust-up with broadswords. This prompts anthropologist Andrew Merron to introduce them to the modern world of therapy.

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3. The Dating Game

First broadcast: Thursday 29th September 2011

Anthropologist Andrew Merron takes his two Jacobite soldiers into the world of speed-dating. There, a super confident Macdonald fails spectacularly to attract anyone whilst a nervous Rab is mistaken for the strong silent type and overwhelmed with offers.

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4. On Television

First broadcast: Thursday 6th October 2011

With his marriage under severe strain, Andrew Merron introduces the Jacobites to the world of television. He is on the verge of a deal when the executive in charge accidentally insults the Scots and they attack him with his own Bafta.

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