Scottish football staple ‘Only An Excuse?’ will come to an end on Hogmanay after 27 years, the BBC have confirmed, bringing to an end the annual show which lampooned Rangers legends, fans and other personalities across the game.
An hour-long special will air on New Year’s Eve taking a look back at classic characters and some new sketches as Jonathan Watson brings the long-running show to halt.
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“Every year we’ve really enjoyed the responsibility of creating a show for Hogmanay. It has been a privilege to be a part of the audience’s New Year celebrations and we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to go out on a high,” Watson said. [BBC]
“We’ve got an hour to look back at memorable moments down the years and catch up with some special guests who’ve inspired us. We’ll also be having our traditional look back at the big talking points from Scottish football in the last 12 months.
“All shows come to an end, and after last year’s edition, and the great response that it received, Philip and I discussed making the next one our last. We were delighted when the BBC came back with the opportunity to go out in style.”
TV stars such as Alex Norton, Gerard Kelly, Alistair McGowan, Greg Hemphill and Tony Roper have all been part of the cast at points in the show’s history, lampooning the likes of Graeme Souness, Dick Advocaat and a number of other Rangers figures.
While some will say it should have ended a while back, Only An Excuse? was a big part of the Scottish football landscape for a long time but did wane in quality in recent years.