Stag. Image shows from L to R: Ian (Jim Howick), Johnners (Stephen Campbell Moore). Copyright: BBC / Idiotlamp


  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2016
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Comedy thriller focused around a stag do in Scotland where each of the members of the party are killed. Stars Jim Howick, Stephen Campbell Moore, JJ Feild, Rufus Jones, Amit Shah and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1

Stag. Image shows from L to R: Cosmo (Rufus Jones), Ledge (JJ Feild), Ian (Jim Howick), Neils (Pilou Asbæk), The Mexican (Amit Shah), Johnners (Stephen Campbell Moore). Copyright: BBC / Idiotlamp
Ian Telford is a 34 year-old secondary school teacher from Eastbourne who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and knows very few people, if any, who went to private school. That's all about to change when he joins the stag weekend of his brother-in-law to-be

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Broadcast details

Saturday 27th February 2016
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 30th December 2016 11:30pm BBC2
Sunday 29th October 2017 11:05pm Gold
Monday 30th October 2017 2:20am Gold
Thursday 28th December 2017 12:45am Gold
Saturday 4th August 2018 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 31st October 2018 2:35am Gold
Wednesday 31st October 2018 11:00pm Gold
Friday 2nd August 2019 12:35am Gold
Friday 30th August 2019 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Wednesday 4th September 2019 2:05am Gold

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Ian
Stephen Campbell Moore Johnners
JJ Feild Ledge
Rufus Jones Cosmo
Amit Shah The Mexican
Reece Shearsmith Wendy
James Cosmo The Gamekeeper
Sharon Rooney Brodie
Gilly Gilchrist Cab Driver
Tom Davis Chef
Amanda Abbington Fran (Voice)
Guest cast
Pilou Asbæk Neils
Tim Key Aitken
Nico Tatarowicz Farmhand
Writing team
Jim Field Smith Writer
George Kay Writer
Production team
Jim Field Smith Director
Myfanwy Moore Executive Producer
Jim Field Smith Executive Producer
George Kay Executive Producer
David Webb Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Trond Bjerknæs Composer


Meet the party

Timid teacher Ian Telford joins the stag weekend of his brother-in-law Johnners and meets several of his obnoxious friends...

Featuring: Jim Howick (Ian), Stephen Campbell Moore (Johnners), JJ Feild (Ledge), Rufus Jones (Cosmo), Amit Shah (The Mexican), Reece Shearsmith (Wendy), Pilou Asbæk (Neils) & Tim Key (Aitken).


Stag preview

The hunters become the hunted as each one is horribly eliminated, one gobby moron at a time.

Sara Wallis, The Mirror, 27th February 2016

The makers of The Wrong Mans go very dark indeed with this three-part drama, a twisted tale of a stag weekend gone horribly awry in the Scottish Highlands. Ian (Peep Show's Jim Howick) tags along for the festivities of his future brother-in-law who, it soon transpires, has a ghastly line in friends. When best man Ledge, a punchable City boy, mocks a gamekeeper once too often, they're left stranded. As if that wasn't bad enough, soon they're dispatched one by one, in grisly fashion.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 27th February 2016

TV preview: Stag, BBC2

I don't really need to tell you much about comedy chiller Stag. The cast should be enough of a selling point. Jim Howick, Reece Shearsmith, Rufus Jones and Tim Key as well as Stephen Campbell Moore, James Cosmo and Pilou Asbaek. If you don't know some of the names you'll certainly know the faces.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th February 2016

Stag: episode 1 review

From the producer and director of BBC Two comedy thriller The Wrong Mans comes another series that combines dark humour with a deadly chill.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 27th February 2016

Jim Field Smith interview

Here, he discusses the film's cinematic inspirations, the challenge of making terrible people redeemable, why British comedy directors are in such demand in America and his future plans.

Jay Richardson, Giggle Beats, 27th February 2016

This opens like every crime drama you've ever seen, with a dark dreary landscape and heavy clouds gathering on the horizon. Bleak piano music plays as a car slowly winds its way through the sinister hills. I'd probably have switched off at this point if it wasn't for the fact that this is a comedy series, and no ordinary comedy but one starring the dark genius of Reece Shearsmith.

It's a three-part comedy thriller set in the Highlands and begins like a parody of An American Werewolf in London: Ian, a small and polite little Englishman in a dinner jacket, finds himself in a wild Highland village and he ventures into the local pub to be met with silence and sneers. "You shouldn't be here," he's told but the silence is soon broken by a bunch of idiots who come dancing through the pub in a conga line.

Ian is in the Highlands for a stag weekend but he's seems a bit too genteel for the antics which are planned. The rest of the party are arrogant, wealthy bankers from London who've come to Scotland to indulge in "sleeping rough, hanging tough and stalking your prime rib deer across the Highlands."

But when they leave the pub and enter the wilderness, this bunch of bankers are reduced to frightened schoolboys, being stripped naked and threatened with drowning and perhaps rape by stags and it becomes a comic version of Deliverance set in the Highlands.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 27th February 2016

Interview: cast of Stag

TV's latest genre-busting series sees a Highlands bachelor weekend become a bloody quest for survival. We brave the mud and drizzle to meet its cast.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 26th February 2016

Stag: We wanted to skewer masculinity

Think of the worst stag do imaginable. Well, it would pale in comparison to the weekend timid teacher Ian Telford has to endure in upcoming dark comedy Stag. Taken deer-stalking with his future brother-in-law Johnners and his obnoxious pals, Ian already wants to go home. But when they start being killed off one by one, will he even make it through to Monday? Writer and creator Jim Field Smith tells us why this age old ritual was the perfect environment for a dark comedy thriller.

Jim Field Smith, BBC Blogs, 26th February 2016

Stag review

Whatever your plans are for the next three Saturday evenings, cancel them, because you're going to want to stay in and watch BBC Two's unmissable new dark comic thriller Stag.

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 26th February 2016

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