Still Game - Series 1 details
|Starring:||Greg Hemphill, Ford Kiernan|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Still Game - Series 1
|Rental release:||03 Jul 2006|
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Top notch Scottish comedyBy squazz from London , 27 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is quite simply, the best TV comedy series I have ever seen!
What a delicious premise: two youngish actors impersonate themselves as old men. Then they place these fusty, angry, hopeful, feisty characters in poverty, partners deceased, on the same landing on a Scottish council estate in some godforsaken unamed place.
The many elements that really kick for me in Still Game are:
1. trying to figure out who's really old in the show and who's pretending.
2. The love and solidarity between Jack and Victor as they struggle against the injustices of old age in a bleak bleak town.
3. The authentic Scottish dialetic used
4. The pathos and dark dark humour!
Who would have thought that seeing an old fella trying to cash in some bottles in exchange for a pub lunch after his pension is stoppped could be funny. Or the hypothermia sweepstakes...Ha ha which old man is going to freeze to death next? Then there's Isa pulling out her pink sex toy just as her runaway man reappears in her life. Deliciously shocking!
Here's me laughing and loving every minute of Jack and Victor's lives (and Winston and Isa).
P.S. Watch it just for the brief glimpses of the obese wife of the Pakistani shop owner. Hilarious not in any way you might imagine.
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eye-wateringly goodBy BookishTrish (20 reviews) from Manchester , 08 Sep 2013How this show never became a global hit I don't know. Beautifully acted, sometimes poignant, but then you'll find your laughing till your sides hurt. Reading that this show is about Victor and Jack, two elderly friends living in a high-rise flats and there daily shenanigans, would probably make you think whats funny about that? Sounds like a Scottish Last of the Summer Wine? Well don't be fooled, watching my other-half double up on the sofa whilst watching this show and still laughing days later while going into work was worth every penny. Watch this you won't regret it.
Brilliant, whatever age you areBy AuntySocialite (64 reviews) from Llareggub, Cymru , 02 Oct 2010The only comedy I've ever seen that not only makes me laugh till I cry, but also reassures me about my own life.... maybe it's because, unlike Jack, I *still* live below the Beverly Hillbillies... *highly* recommended.
A successful leap from sketch to sit com.By H0LLIE (198 reviews) from UK , 01 Aug 2010As a fan of Chewin' The Fat I have to admit to being more than a little dubious about this. Though funny, Jack and Victor were never among my favourite sketches, and I doubted their ability to hold an entire show to themselves. But my doubts were completely unnecessary as Still Game proved to be hugely entertaining.
Having the entire main cast of old folks being played by relatively young actors is a rather cunning way of appealing to both younger and older audiences, my entire family is a fan of this show with ages ranging from 15 to 58!
So for the basics: Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade are a couple of pensioners living in Craiglang, just about the worst (fictional) part of Glasgow there is. This first series has 6 episodes featuring storlines regarding anti-social neighbours, neglectful family, harsh winters, later life dating, marriage, and benefit trouble. So basically - realistic situations faced by the elderly put forth in an entertaining manner which really makes you think... but not too much.
The only problem is that the 'play all' option forces you to sit through the opening and closing credits every time, so be ready with the fast forward every twenty odd minutes.
Highly recommended, though the English may need the odd translation here and there.
Will keep you laughing throughout every episodeBy Deputy Dog from West Midlands , 19 Aug 2009Scotland's version of Fools and Horses. This is one of those classic comedies that is well written with brilliant characters played by talented actors. I can watch Still Game episodes and be in stitches of laughter every time. Definitely one to recomend.
Funny and real every day comedyBy dunga82 (6 reviews) from Norwich , 16 May 2009IT is a very funny comedy that reflects every day British life in a very interesting point of view.