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Still Game’s final farewell: Jack and Victor finally set to retire with last run of live shows at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro

Ford Kiernan (right) alongside Greg Hemphill in Still Game (BBC)
Ford Kiernan (right) alongside Greg Hemphill in Still Game (BBC)

STILL Game’s Jack and Victor will take their final bow in front of thousands in Glasgow next year.

A third and final live show run at The SSE Hydro has been announced as a final farewell to Scotland’s favourite pensioners.

Five shows over the weekend of Friday September 27 to Sunday September 29 will be fans’ last chance to see the duo, played by Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill.

Kiernan, who plays Jack, said: “We decided a reasonable amount of time ago that we wanted to retire the characters permanently from television and theatre. And there’s no doubt about it this time, Still Game is finished.

“There won’t be another comeback in another few years. This isn’t Sinatra.”

Co-star Greg Hemphill, who plays Victor, said: “If anyone is entitled to a retirement, it’s Jack and Victor.

“It’s been 21 years, and when you start doing characters for this long you do start thinking about what’s next for them.

“When we brought them back in 2014, we both knew it wasn’t for ten years. We wanted to bring them back to tell a certain number of stories. And we’ve told them now. So this is them saying cheerio.”

Autumn 2014 first saw the Craiglang gang take to the stage at The Hydro for a record-breaking run of live shows, following seven years off our screens.

New episodes of the show were filmed and aired on the back of its success, delighting fans.

Another sell-out run in early 2017 played to over 150,000 fans across 15 nights.

First created by Kiernan and Hemphill back in 1999, the characters of Jack and Victor started life in a stage show.

Following tours of Scotland, England, Ireland and Canada, Jack and Victor progressed to the small screen in the comedy sketch show Chewin’ the Fat before earning their own spin-off Still Game.

The ninth and final TV series of the show, featuring a host of guest appearances from Martin Compston, Midge Ure and Amy Macdonald among others, will air on BBC One next spring.


How to get tickets

Still Game: The Final Farewell: Friday 27 September 2019, 7.30pm; Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September 2019, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets go on general sale Friday November 2 at 10am via the venue at / 0844 395 4000 OR via Ticketmaster at / 0844 844 0444