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#Must See – Still Game

Still Game is a Scottish sitcom, produced by The Comedy Unit with the BBC. It was created by Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, who play the lead characters – two Glaswegian pensioners, named Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade respectively.

Since its debut on 1 September 2002, Still Game aired forty four episodes, including Christmas and Hogmanay specials. The first three series were broadcast only on BBC One Scotland, though five episodes compiled from the first two series were later broadcast throughout the UK on BBC Two in January–February 2004. All subsequent episodes received UK-wide broadcasts on BBC Two.

I only came about this series last year through a work colleague.  I have not stopped watching it ever since!  Obviously not continuously, I’d be writing in Scottish otherwise….

I thoroughly recommend you try out this comedy, you will not be disappointed!

Check out my list of unmissable TV.

The Detectives – TV

Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell play the bumbling detective constables Bob Louis and David Briggs. They were hopeless at their job, to the despair of their “super” Frank Cottam (played by Sewell). However, they usually ended up solving their cases and retaining their jobs, though they came close to being fired on occasion. Louis was more downbeat, whereas Briggs tried to emulate the gung-ho cops shown on TV and in film. (wikipedia)

I’m a huge fan of Jasper Carrott and have been for a while (starting ‘coz my old man has a passing resemblence!) and I love this series.

The acting is tremendous, Jasper has a ‘Mr Bean’ quality about him, being tall and silly not the ‘backwards’ feel, and Robert brings the serious acting due to him being a classicly trained thespian.

It’s not groundbreaking or mainstream, but if you do enjoy good honest British comedy from the ’90s, this is definitely worth a watch.

They’ll never get caught. They’re on a mission from God.

Blues Brothers (1980)

Yes, I know this film was made two years before I was born, but I am a sucker for the classics.  And this film sits high on the top, soaring above all others.

You can probably tell that this is my favourite film of all time.  No exception.

The incredible casting is out of this world and showcases the awesome talents of John belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Ok, some of you may not have seen this film (shame on you!), here’s a quick overview:

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit “The Penguin”, the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their “mission from God” they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? (IMDb)

Now if that doesn’t get you out of chair and make your way to the video shop (old school!), nothing will!

Full of great musical numbers, comedy performances and dance routines, this ticks every box for a true comedy fan.

Why not read my Essential List on films.