Paul Black stand-up special Nostalgia lands on BBC One Scotland

Tuesday 28th November 2023, 2:11pm by Jay Richardson

Paul Black: Nostalgia. Paul Black

Paul Black's debut stand-up special is to air on BBC Scotland this Christmas.

Recorded at the Music Hall in Aberdeen, Nostalgia features the online sketch star-turned-live comic reflecting on his realisation that he was gay and his upbringing in a US-style evangelical church.

The announcement follows last week's news that Black is piloting an as-yet-untitled "raucous" challenge show for the channel in which his social media followers set him "wild" challenges.

Queen Of The New Year. Image shows left to right: Robert Florence, Greg Hemphill

Meanwhile, Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence's sketch show Queen Of The New Year is also returning to BBC Scotland on Hogmanay for the third year running, featuring stars from Scot Squad, Limmy's Show and Still Game, including Louise McCarthy, Gayle Telfer Stevens, Martin McQuinn, Paul McCole, Zara Janjua, Barbara Rafferty and Elizabeth Caproni.

Reflecting on the talking points of the last 12 months, Hemphill, Florence and their cast will be exploring everything from smoking bans to climate activism via true crime podcasts, King Charles, Sam Smith and The Traitors.

Breaking The News. Des Clarke. Copyright: BBC

Panel show Breaking The News is also back, with host Des Clarke joined by Ashley Storrie, Sanjeev Kohli, Mark Nelson and presenter Kirsty Wark to take a wry look back at 2023. Clarke will also present Breaking The News: The Best Of Unbroadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, featuring previously unaired material from the audio version of the show.

Two Doors Down. Christine (Elaine C. Smith). Copyright: BBC

Also on the radio channel, the returning series Life Tracks features episodes with Scottish comedy stars Greg McHugh, Jack Docherty and Elaine C. Smith talking about the music that has helped shape their lives.

Susie McCabe. Copyright: Off The Kerb

Other previously announced festive comedy on BBC Scotland includes Susie McCabe performing her special Femme Fatality at the King's Theatre in Glasgow and Scotland Stands Up, in which she, Jamie MacDonald, Stuart McPherson and Marjolein Robertson perform sets for a show hosted by Jim Smith, recorded at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh.

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