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A sketch show from Scotland. Very famous in its home country, but almost unheard of anywhere else, and produced by The BBC. Single-handedly responsible for a lot of Memetic Mutation, which, again, confuses the hell out of anyone not Scottish.

Some of the Running Gags and recurring characters used in the show:

  • Interpreting for the Neds — A Violent Glaswegian man translating serious news stories for the benefit of the city's underbelly.
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  • Grumpy Old Men Jack and Victor, who got their own Spin-Off in Still Game.
  • An uptight teacher who recoils at the very mention of anything sexual. Particularly funny when she has to teach the class sex education — naturally, they know more about it than she does.
  • The two lighthouse keepers. One of them is cheerfully doing something bizarre and/or dangerous, and the other is irritated by it. The dialogue, in every sketch, goes as follows:
    First keeper: (in a quiet voice that suggests he's working very hard at not shouting) Goannae no dae that?
    Second keeper: (with complete innocence, not actually stopping) How?
    First keeper: (in an even more pained voice) Just ... goannae no.
  • The Banter boys. Two Ambiguously Gay Kelvinside men who find everything Glaswegians say simply delightful, much to the bemusement of the Glaswegians.
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  • The Van: People are caught in various serious situations until they are interrupted by the sound of the ice-cream van, at which point one of the characters dashes off to buy something while another holds them back for a moment trying to decide what they want.

This show provides examples of:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Their teenage son has just started masturbating and they're telling everyone they meet.
  • Ass Shove: An unused sketch features a nightclub bouncer who likes to punish people who try to mess with him by "pumping" them.
  • Bawdy Song: The songs sung by Jack, Victor and their friends at the pub.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: "Wank... wank... good guy!"
  • British Brevity: Only four seasons of 6 episodes each were released.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Most if not all of the Big Man's threats can come off as this.
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  • Dirty Old Woman: Betty the Auld Slapper, much to the shock of anyone who talks to her for more than five seconds.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The whole Stauner sketch, where a family is horrified to discover that their teenage son has an erection seems much more like an accidental outing that just goes From Bad to Worse.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Series 1 had Greg and Ford appearing at the beginning, the middle and the end of each show as themselves, portrayed as flatmates discussing several things. One of these skits was an early version of Bish and Bosh's "too far" sketches. The segments were dropped in Series 2, although the opening titles (showing Greg and Ford rushing back to their flat in order to present the show) remained until the end of Series 3.
  • Fake Shemp: The shot at the end of the Big Man sketch where he turns to his Maw for help at Christmas and both are seen walking away together. The actor playing the Big Man (possibly Tom Urie) doesn't resemble Ford Kiernan in the slightest!
  • Fish out of Water: One sketch was based on a police exchange between the NYPD and Strathclyde Police. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Friendless Background: One sketch involved a middle-aged woman working a corner shop desperately trying to make friends with her customers.
  • Inherently Funny Words:
    • Ronald Villiers' acting agency, "Widdecombe and Pump".
    • One of the historical sites visited by Alastair and Rory is called "Cracknafuddin Point".
  • Laser-Guided Karma / Asshole Victim: One recurring sketch, which involves a Jerk Ass husband constantly berating his wife in front of their friend, always ends in him being hurt/humiliated in some way.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Eric the Activist.
  • Newscaster Cameo: Heather Reid (as in "Heather the Weather") pops up a few times after the credits to deliver some rather bizarre forecasts.
  • Running Gag
  • Shout-Out: The Sluich sketches with the cable-knit sock puppets who speak Gaelic-sounding gibberish are probably a nod to Dotaman.
  • Spin-Off: Victor and Jack eventually got their own sitcom Still Game.
  • Those Two Guys: Bish and Bosh.
    • The series practically runs on these, including Jack and Victor, the Banter Boys, the Lighthouse keepers and plenty of others.
  • Violent Glaswegian: The foundation of half of the show. The "Big Man" is a Scottish gangster who is so terrifying that even the police are scared of him, and when one stops him, he apologizes, and offers to help him dump one of his daughter's boyfriends in the Clyde. His Weapon of Choice is a Hammer with a stanley knife attached to it.
  • What Could Have Been: A pilot for a Ronald Villiers spinoff was written, but never produced as the humour surrounding the character was deemed too difficult to stretch across a half hour format. The cancelled spinoff was announced at the same time as Still Game and the Scottish press largely ignored the latter...
  • Where No Parody Has Gone Before: Taysiders in Space.
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