STILL Game fans will be welcoming the news that the hit BBC show is to return later this year before Jack and Victor go into comedy retirement.

Filming is due to get underway at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios and around Glasgow next month in what promises to be a ‘must-see’ finale for fans across the country.

Still Game made its TV debut in 2002 and became the most-watched TV programme in over a decade in Scotland attracting more than half of the viewing audience when it returned in 2016 after a nine year hiatus.

The final series, written and starring Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, will reunite all of Craiglang’s comedy pals including Jane McCarry (Isa), Sanjeev Kohli (Navid), Gavin Mitchell (Boabby), Paul Riley (Winston) and Mark Cox (Tam) for six new episodes. Further casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

Greg Hemphill, who plays Victor McDade, says: “We’ve had an amazing run but one of our hopes when we brought the show back was that we would get the opportunity to finish Jack, Victor and the gang’s journey.

“We feel that time is upon us.”

Ford Kiernan, who plays Jack Jarvis, added: “I can’t believe twenty one years have passed in what, for us, has been an outstanding experience of collaboration, storytelling and performing. But above all being fortunate to entertain people and make them smile. So when the last episode airs we hope your memories of our little gang will be fond ones.”

Steve Carson, BBC Scotland’s Head of Multiplatform Commissioning adds: “Still Game is a once-in-a-generation comedy that attracts audiences of all ages.

“Jack, Victor and the gang at the Clansman have made millions laugh by growing old disgracefully and we’re going to miss them when this fantastic new series concludes.”