Still Game. Image shows from L to R: Victor McDade (Greg Hemphill), Jack Jarvis (Ford Kiernan).

Still Game

BBC Scotland and BBC One and BBC Two and BBC One Scotland sitcom about delinquent pensioners. 62 episodes (9 series), 2002 - 2019. Stars Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Jane McCarry, Paul Riley and others.

Series 2, Episode 9 is repeated tomorrow at 10pm.

Still Game. Image shows from L to R: Phone Shop Assistant (Martin Compston), Victor McDade (Greg Hemphill), Phone Shop Assistant (Gianni Capaldi), Jack Jarvis (Ford Kiernan).

Series 9, Episode 1 - Local Hero

Craiglang hails a new internet sensation, while Jack and Victor decide it's high time to get tech-savvy.

Further details

When Isa is mugged Winston comes to her rescue, little realising his heroic deed is being filmed, turning him into an internet sensation. Winston initially downplays the attention but when Methadone Mick points out the advantages of internet fame, he embraces his new-found celebrity status.

Meanwhile, Jack and Victor decide they won't be yesterday's men and buy themselves mobile phones.

When internet whizz Isa shows the friends how popular Winston is online, Jack and Victor turn their hand at creating viral videos. However, they soon discover the internet is a fickle master and fame fades fast.

Martin Compston interview

Still Game. Image shows from L to R: Phone Shop Assistant (Gianni Capaldi), Phone Shop Assistant (Martin Compston).

Football player turned actor Martin Compston guest stars in this episode as a mobile phone salesman.

You've been a fan of Still Game for quite some time now...

Oh aye, it's something I've grown up with. It is an institution and one of the best Scottish TV shows of all time.

I spend a lot of time on the road and I'm always sticking it on to watch as it reminds me of home. It's a show you can watch with your mum, dad and whenever I was away on bus trips with the football teams, we'd put it on and watch for hours and everybody would be happy.

Anytime I feel a wee bit homesick in Las Vegas I stick Still Game on.

So what's your role in Still Game? How did it come about?

I come across Jack and Victor when they're trying to buy themselves a couple of mobile phones and they come into my shop.

It was surreal standing across from the two of them as Jack and Victor. I know the boys as Ford and Greg but when they put on the make-up and start becoming the characters it really is a very surreal moment. Luckily I was filming Line Of Duty at the same time so I was able to pop over from Belfast and shoot my scenes. It was an epic day. To see the boys do their thing was immense.

How did you feel when you heard it was coming to an end?

Gutted but it's the same with all good things - it's better you go out on a high. It's better the boys taking the decision to end it rather than it being forced upon them. This way, they can actually write an ending.

I was on a show called Monarch Of The Glen and it was great for us to actually have a last episode. It was really emotional and every character got a proper send off.

I know the boys are saying it's done but the fact that they're playing old guys, 20, 30, 40 years older than them means that there's so much scope for them in the future. But that depends on the ending. They could literally bring this show back in 30 years time - just using less make-up!

Everybody knows you now for your gritty dramatic roles - was it nice to do some comedy for a change?

I've done little bits of comedy but I also did the Urban Myths: Backstage At Live Aid show where I played Midge Ure who also has a little cameo in Still Game. I'd never met him before and now he's everywhere I go!

Broadcast details

Date
Sunday 24th February 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Scotland
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ford Kiernan Jack Jarvis
Greg Hemphill Victor McDade
Jane McCarry Isa Drennan
Paul Riley Winston Ingram
Mark Cox Tam Mullen
Gavin Mitchell Boabby
Sanjeev Kohli Navid Harrid
Scott Reid Methadone Mick
Shamshad Akhtar Meena Harrid
Lynne McCallum Peggy McCalpine
Guest cast
Maureen Carr Edith
Martin Compston Phone Shop Assistant
Gianni Capaldi Phone Shop Assistant
Des Clarke Radio Presenter
Kevin Lennon Barry
Matthew Mooney Mugger
Euan Bennet Hot Dog Seller
Colin Crichton Selfie Fan
Arran Donaldson Selfie Fan
Kaiden Lynch Selfie Fan
Rony Bridges Traffic Warden
Craig Binning Heckler
Taylor Gebbie Heckler
Bernie Hunter Heckler
Marc James Rennie Heckler
Robyn White Heckler
Writing team
Greg Hemphill Writer
Ford Kiernan Writer
Production team
Michael Hines Director
Jacqueline Sinclair Producer
Steven Canny Executive Producer
Ford Kiernan Executive Producer
Greg Hemphill Executive Producer
Laura Wilson Editor
Moley Campbell Production Designer

Video

Ringtones

Jack and Victor show off their phone ringtones.

Featuring: Ford Kiernan (Jack Jarvis), Greg Hemphill (Victor McDade).

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