Only An Excuse?. Jonathan Watson.

Only An Excuse?

BBC One Scotland sketch show starring Jonathan Watson. 27 episodes, 1993 - 2021. Stars Jonathan Watson, Gerry McLaughlin, Julie Austin, Chris Forbes and Sheila Donald.

Only An Excuse?. Jonathan Watson.

Only An Excuse? 2020

Jonathan Watson leads a mix of classic sketches, popular characters, famous faces and up-to-date skits tackling 2020 from a footballing perspective. Featuring nostalgic recollections from guest stars, plus fresh material covering Scottish football and the world in general.

Further details

The final show - a one hour special - will feature memorable moments from the archive alongside new sketches and contributions from famous faces who've been tackled by Jonathan Watson and the Only An Excuse? team down the years.
First broadcast as a one-off special on BBC Radio Scotland prior to Scotland v West Germany in the Mexico '86 World Cup, it was a parody of the five-part television documentary Only A Game? which had documented the history of Scottish football.
Producer and writer Phil Differ secured that first radio commission and after further occasional radio specials the show switched to television in 1993. It retained an annual half-hour spot on Hogmanay, entertaining audiences with its razor-sharp spoofs on the beautiful game in Scotland. OAE? has evolved over the years from being purely just about football to bringing out the comedy in films, advertising, other television shows and politics. Jonathan Watson said: 'Every year we've really enjoyed the responsibility of creating a show for Hogmanay. It has been a privilege to be a part of the audience's New Year celebrations and we're delighted we'll be going out on a high with this special edition. We've got an hour to look back at memorable moments down the years and catch up with some special guests who've inspired us.'

Broadcast details

Thursday 31st December 2020
BBC One Scotland
65 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jonathan Watson Various
Guest cast
Kirsty Wark Self
Amy Irons Self
Paul English Self
Frank McAvennie Self
Muriel Gray Self
Jean Johansson Self
Graeme Souness Self
Tam Cowan Self
Stuart Cosgrove Self
Kenny Dalglish Self
Chick Young Self
Judy Murray Self
Walter Smith Self
Joy McAvoy Ensemble Actor
Chinedu Igu Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Andy Bollen Writer
Chuck Gayfield Writer
Wes Fargo Writer
Rikki Brown Writer
Stuart Hay Writer
Susan Riddell Writer
Chris Taylor Writer
Iain McDonald Writer
Production team
Iain Davidson Director
Philip Differ Producer
Rab Christie Executive Producer
Gavin Smith Executive Producer


The Final Whistle

Scottish football personalities and celebrities talk about the enduring popularity of the sketch show.


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