Only An Excuse?. Jonathan Watson
Only An Excuse?

Only An Excuse?

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC One Scotland
  • 1993 - 2021
  • 32 episodes

Famous Scottish football satire show. Every Hogmanay, Jonathan Watson mimics Scotland's top personalities and the heroes and villains of football. Also features Gerry McLaughlin, Julie Austin, Chris Forbes and Sheila Donald.

Episode menu

Episode One

A selection of sketches picked from 27 years of the hit Scottish comedy, mixing classic characters, favourite skits and hilarious media spoofs. Frankie Boy rocks up at the petrol station, King Kenny dispenses managerial advice on the golf course and Sir Fergie lectures on leadership at Harvard.

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th February 2021
BBC Scotland
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 12th February 2021 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 24th June 2021 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 15th October 2021 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 6th May 2022 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 3rd June 2022 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Sunday 4th September 2022 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 25th November 2022 11:00pm BBC Scotland
Saturday 11th March 2023 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 16th June 2023 11:00pm BBC Scotland
Friday 22nd September 2023 11:30pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Jonathan Watson Various
Gerry McLaughlin Ensemble Actor
Chris Forbes Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Kirsty Wark Self
Joy McAvoy Ensemble Actor
Mark Cox Ensemble Actor
Fiona Henderson Ensemble Actor
Gordon Kennedy Ensemble Actor
Alistair McGowan Ensemble Actor
Susan Nisbet Ensemble Actor
Tony Roper Ensemble Actor
Grant Smeaton Ensemble Actor
Tom Urie Ensemble Actor
Fiona Wood Ensemble Actor
Writing team
John McGlade Writer
Stephen McLaughlin Writer
Chuck Gayfield Writer
Wes Fargo Writer
Rikki Brown Writer
Duncan Black Writer
Kevin Carlin Writer
Ginger Kidd Writer
Production team
Iain Davidson Director
Ron Bain Director
Philip Differ Producer
Ewan Angus Executive Producer
Rab Christie Executive Producer
Gavin Smith Executive Producer
Colin Gilbert Executive Producer
Gordon Miller Editor
Lee McKellar Editor
Laura Donnelly Production Designer
Iain McDonald Production Designer
Ursula Cleary Production Designer
Suzanne Field Production Designer
Annette Gillies Production Designer
David Jennings Production Designer
Graham Rose Production Designer
Denise Coombes Costume Designer
Paul Farrow Costume Designer
Carole K. Fraser Costume Designer
Katherine Hyland Costume Designer
Yvonne Simpson Costume Designer
Brian Jobson Director of Photography
John I. McNeill (as John I McNeill) Director of Photography
Des O'Hare Director of Photography
Amy Buchanan Make-up Designer
Julie Dorrat-Keenan Make-up Designer
Kirstin Innes Make-up Designer
Jacqui Mallett Make-up Designer
Heather Millington Make-up Designer
Sam Print Make-up Designer
Tom Urie Composer
Mark Ash 1st Assistant Director
Wendy Ashman 1st Assistant Director
Amanda Black 1st Assistant Director
David Boyd 1st Assistant Director
Susan Clark 1st Assistant Director
Helen Doherty 1st Assistant Director
Tim Franklin 1st Assistant Director
Dawn Harvey 1st Assistant Director
Carol-Anne Henderson (as Carol Anne Henderson) 1st Assistant Director
Brian Horsburgh 1st Assistant Director
Morris Milne 1st Assistant Director
Ted Mitchell 1st Assistant Director
Fay Selby 1st Assistant Director
Chantelle Stoffel 1st Assistant Director
Kath Wishart 1st Assistant Director

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