Only An Excuse?. Jonathan Watson.

Only An Excuse?

BBC One Scotland sketch show starring Jonathan Watson. 34 episodes, 1993 - 2020. Stars Jonathan Watson, Gerry McLaughlin, Julie Austin, Chris Forbes and Sheila Donald.

Returns Thursday 31st December at 10:30pm.

Press Clippings

BBC Scotland sketch show 'Only An Excuse?' to end after 27 years

Only An Excuse?, the sketch show which has formed part of BBC One Scotland's festive schedule since the 1990s, is to end this December.

British Comedy Guide, 10th November 2020

Jonathan Watson on 40 years in showbiz

It may have been part of the Hogmanay TV schedules since 1993, but Only An Excuse? star Jonathan Watson says he never takes the programme for granted.

Murray Scougall, The Sunday Post, 28th December 2019

Viewers slam 'dreadful' BBC Hogmanay TV programme

Jonathan Watson's annual impression show Only An Excuse was once again eviscerated online, with viewers unhappy with the 'same-old' characters and urging the BBC to look elsewhere for festive laughs.

The Scotsman, 1st January 2019

Review: Only an Excuse makes a welcome return to form

Happy new year, but I'm afraid to say I'm not all that optimistic about 2019. It's begun in a tedious, predictable and oh-so-wrong fashion with everyone slagging off Only an Excuse. What's wrong with you 

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman, 1st January 2019

Jonathan Watson interview

Only An Excuse? star Jonathan Watson has a career that's moving along faster than Santa last week.

Brian Beacom, Glasgow Evening Times, 31st December 2016

Judy Murray to make a cameo in 'Only an Excuse?'

In an unlikely encounter, the 57-year-old will feature in a skit alongside Frank "Macca" McAvennie, a caricature of the former Celtic and Scotland footballer, as played by Jonathan Watson, the star of the sketch show.

Marytn McLaughin, The Scotsman, 24th December 2016

BBC missed an open goal

Only Only an Excuse could not manage to see the comedy in 12 months of slapstick that was Scottish football 2014.

Gordon Parks, Daily Record, 4th January 2015

Susan Boyle faces send-up on iconic Hogmanay comedy

Mimic Jonathan Watson targets SuBo plus Alex Salmond and Johann Lamont on this year's Hogmanay episode of satirical favourite Only an Excuse.

Rob Reid, Daily Record, 28th December 2013