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.

Press Clippings

Only An Excuse? review

Only An Excuse? was indeed Scotland laughing at itself for the good stuff - the fitba craziness, the sentimentality, the inextinguishable dreams of greatness regained.

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 31st December 2020

Only An Excuse had 'a good kick of the ball'

Only An Excuse stars Jonathan Watson and creator Phil Differ say the show "had a good kick of the ball" but now is the right time for the final whistle.

BBC, 31st December 2020

Interview: Jonathan Watson on the last Only An Excuse?

He has none of the familiar props - no flyaway hair or sheepskin collars or on-parade red, white and blue ties or glinting sovvy rings or twinkling comedy gnashers. This time Jonathan Watson relies on a hesitant smile, sad eyes and a telltale cough.

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman, 26th December 2020

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