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Still Game just behind Murray Wimbledon final in Scotland's overnight ratings

Published 08/10/2016

Jack Jarvis, played by Ford Kiernan, and Victor McDade, played by Greg Hemphill, in Still Game (BBC/PA)
Jack Jarvis, played by Ford Kiernan, and Victor McDade, played by Greg Hemphill, in Still Game (BBC/PA)

The BBC's comedy Still Game attracted 1.3 million viewers in Scotland and 3.2 million across the UK when it returned to screens for the first time in nine years.

The first episode of the new series, which aired on BBC One on Friday at 9.30pm, scooped a 58% share of the television audience north of the border, and a 17% share of the UK audience overall.

It is second only to the Wimbledon men's final featuring Andy Murray in terms of overnight audience figures in Scotland this year, and the only non-sport BBC One programme to attract an overnight audience of more than one million so far in 2016.

A BBC spokeswoman said Still Game comfortably won its slot UK-wide and in Scotland.

The programme follows the antics of pensioners Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade and ran for six series between 2002 and 2007.

It is written by Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, who play the two central characters.

Kiernan said: "It felt like the Bells last night. There was no traffic outside, the pubs were quiet, it was odd but a comforting odd.

"The feedback from the audience has been immense, thanks so much. Stick with us cause the series gets better and better, the best is yet to come. I'm chuffed to bits, it's like we've never been away so I thank you all."

Ewan Angus, commissioning editor BBC Scotland and the programme's executive producer, said: "The return of Still Game has been hugely anticipated since it was announced earlier this year.

"It's without doubt a jewel in BBC Scotland's crown and we are delighted that it continues to sparkle for audiences.

"This is the first time Still Game has aired on BBC One throughout the UK and its heartwarming to see UK audiences getting to know Jack, Victor and the Craiglang gang in such numbers and we hope they continue to enjoy their stories over the next five weeks.

"These figures are testament to the hard work Ford, Greg and the whole team have invested in this new series and we are thrilled for it to be rewarded in this way."

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