Still Game, BBC2

by | Jul 22, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

A deliciously colloquial, faithful comedy about working class pensioners who live on a rundown Glasgow housing estate.

What to say if you didn’t like it

A feeble succession of pithy vignettes stripped bare of humour, pathos and character so it resembles Last of the Summer Wine with profanities.

What was good about it?

• The uncompromising employment of thick Scottish accents and coarse Glasgow argot awards the comedy a sense of authenticity.

• Protagonists Tom and Jack feigning ignorance to busybody Isa of the buxom widow who had just started work at the café, before brandishing a box of chocolates and flowers to her when she passed by.

• Winston becoming enraged when Bobby the barman mocks his false leg, which is a woman’s model complete with painted toenails. He rips the prosthetic limb off and tosses it at Bobby before toppling over.

• Jack giving tips on courting to the local teenage delinquent. “I like PlayStations. Do you like PlayStations?”

What was bad about it?

• The humour can be very slow and often the scenes seem overlong.

• Female characters are sparse, and those that do appear are either caricatures such as Isa, who has gossip diarrhoea, or the buxom widow in the café, who was portrayed as a potential “black widow” before she was killed in an accident.

• Too much reliance on the façade that old people telling weak jokes is somehow funnier than youngsters reciting the same punch-lines. Too many of the observations have been done better elsewhere.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

22/07/2005

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