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Series / Only An Excuse

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A football-themed sketch show that originated on BBC Radio Scotland as a one-off Mockumentary which eventually transferred to TV, more specifically at Hogmanay to replace Rikki Fulton's Last Call monologue.

In later episodes some sketches move beyond football to general Scottish culture.

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  • Artifact Title: The title was originally a nod to a documentary titled Only a Game?, broadcast in Scotland before the 1986 World Cup finals, which explored the history of Scottish football.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • One sketch from 2011 featured Craig Whyte stating that Rangers would not go to the wall while all the stuff in his office was being repossessed.
    • Chick Young: "Speaking as a St Mirren supporter..."
  • Curse Cut Short: Inverted with "Get tae Fochabers!".
  • Discriminate and Switch: In the first live show, two football supporters are both screaming sectarian abuse at the pitch, one using anti-Catholic slogans, the other anti-Protestant. It turns out they're both yelling at the same team ... which they support. The vitriol they shout at the opposition (Raith Rovers) is no less hate-filled, but nothing to do with religion.
  • Kavorka Man: Frank McAvennie.
  • Newscaster Cameo: Cathy MacDonald of BBC Alba shows up in the 2012 episode. Jackie Bird, Catriona Shearer and Heather "the Weather" Reid have also done cameos over the years. Inverted whennote  Jim Spence interviewsnote  Chris Hoy.
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  • Sound-to-Screen Adaptation
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Unintelligible: The Hearts fan from 2011.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Dr. John Reid.


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