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 3

Stag. Image shows from L to R: Johnners (Stephen Campbell Moore), Ledge (JJ Feild), Ian (Jim Howick), The Mexican (Amit Shah). Copyright: BBC / Idiotlamp
The remaining members of the group pull together in an attempt to uncover the identity of their killer - and survive the stag weekend from hell.

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The four remaining members of the stag party realise they must make a final stand if they are to survive but will the killer, and their past, catch up with them before they can figure it all out? And will Ian fulfil his promise to his sister Fran and keep Johnners from a grizzly end?


Cosmo (Rufus Jones), the Cab Driver (Gilly Gilchrist) and Neils (Pilou Asbæk) were credited in this episode too, but only appeared as dead bodies.

Broadcast details

Saturday 12th March 2016
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 31st December 2016 1:30am BBC2
Tuesday 31st October 2017 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 1st November 2017 2:05am Gold
Saturday 30th December 2017 12:10am Gold
Sunday 19th August 2018 12:40am Gold
Thursday 1st November 2018 2:45am Gold
Friday 2nd November 2018 12:50am Gold
Sunday 4th August 2019 12:40am Gold
Monday 9th September 2019 1:40am Gold
Friday 13th September 2019 10:30pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Jim Howick Ian
Stephen Campbell Moore Johnners
JJ Feild Ledge
Amit Shah The Mexican
Reece Shearsmith Wendy
Sharon Rooney Brodie
Tom Davis Chef
Amanda Abbington Fran (Voice)
Guest cast
Nico Tatarowicz Farmhand
Ruta Gedmintas Sophie
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


Saving Private Johnners

Johnners has been shot and Mex wants to talk about Saving Private Ryan.

Featuring: Jim Howick (Ian), Stephen Campbell Moore (Johnners) & Amit Shah (The Mexican).


The endgame arrives, with the stricken survivors of Johnners's murder-heavy stag do working out that the killer seems to have something to do with those involved in the shady Guernsey investment scheme. The others insist that Ian heads off on his own, to get him out of harm's way, but there's a twist coming, obviously. Actually, more than one, but it proves too big an ask to pull together all the loose ends of this woolly plot. While it frequently looked lovely, Stag hasn't quite stacked up.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 12th March 2016

TV preview: Stag, BBC2, episode 3

It is so hard to write about this excellent comedy thriller without giving something away. Needless to say the final episode in which the loose ends have to be tied up - probably around one of the cast's necks - is the toughest to discuss. One slip and the game may be given away.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 12th March 2016

Stag: episode 3 review

As we reach the bloody conclusion of the stag party from Hell, it is probably safe to say that no-one will guess who the killer is.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 12th March 2016

Surely, this three-part comedy thriller could have been compressed into two episodes? It opens with yet more scenes of dopey little Ian stumbling through the woods and the exhausted little group gathering in clearings to debate what to do. Ledge is acting like a tough man because he's found a flare gun and Ian has a new plan that they follow a network of electricity pylons in the hope it'll lead them to civilisation or, at least, a power plant.

But there will be no flare gun rescues or power plant trips because the groom finally speaks up and declares he's tired of fleeing. He wants one brave last stand before he meets either death or marriage: "I came here to hunt and that is exactly what I'm gonna do!" So the dull man in the flimsy pink costume wants to find their hunter - and kill him. The person who's hunting them looks like a Dulux dog on a quad bike. It's an absurd image but the absurdity serves to remind us this is a comedy, albeit a repetitive and not very funny one.

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 12th March 2016

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