Only An Excuse?. Jonathan Watson
Only An Excuse?

Only An Excuse?

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC One Scotland
  • 1993 - 2021
  • 27 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 Two

Andre Rieu fiddles away to showcase his Scottish football collection, Line Of Duty meets Taggart in the same police station, and Macca dons his whites for a tennis lesson from a national treasure. And, at the end of the day, Jim and Charlie discover you can never use too many clichés.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th February 2021
BBC Scotland
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 1st July 2021 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 2nd July 2021 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 22nd October 2021 11:30pm BBC Scotland
Friday 13th May 2022 11:30pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Jonathan Watson Various
Guest cast
Louise McCarthy Ensemble Actor
Alex Norton Ensemble Actor
Joy McAvoy Ensemble Actor
Mark Cox Ensemble Actor
Alistair McGowan Ensemble Actor
Tony Roper Ensemble Actor
Grant Smeaton Ensemble Actor
Chinedu Igu Ensemble Actor
Murray Davidson Ensemble Actor
Hazel Irvine Ensemble Actor
Lewis Macleod Ensemble Actor
David Murray Ensemble Actor
Judy Murray Ensemble Actor
Sally Reid Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Stephen McLaughlin Writer
Iain Davidson (as Noddy Davidson) Writer
Chuck Gayfield Writer
Wes Fargo Writer
Rikki Brown Writer
Ginger Kidd Writer
James Andrew Writer
Greg Hemphill Writer
Brendan McGeever Writer
Alistair McGowan Writer
Donald Mcleary Writer
Chris McQueer Writer
Doonan & Munroe Writer
Jim Walker 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
Annette Gillies 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
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
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 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

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