Scotland is well known for a lot of things, so with it being World Television Day, we thought we would look back to some of the best ever Scottish TV shows that graced our screens…

Chewing the Fat

Before Still Game, was comedy sketch show Chewin’ the Fat. Originally a radio show on BBC Radio Scotland, it then went on to run for four series as a TV show. Recurring characters include The Big Man, Bish & Bosh and Big Jock.

Still Game

A spin-off show from Chewin’ the Fat, follows two Glaswegian pensioners Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade and their adventures usually involving drinks at The Clansman. The show also includes Winston Ingram, gossip Isa Drennan, shopkeeper Navid Harrid, stingy Tam Mullen and Boaby The Barman.


Scotland’s answer to The Bill, Taggart was one of the UK’s longest running television drama. Well known for it’s main character Jim Taggarts famous expression, “there’s been a murder!”.


Set in Edinburgh, the detective drama is based on the Inspector Rebus novels by Scottish author Ian Rankin. DI John Rebus was played by John Hannah in series 1 and Ken Stott for the remaining three series.

Take the High Road

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Set in the fictional village of Glendarroch, Take the High Road was a soap opera once starring movie star Alan Cumming and comedian Chic Murray.

Monarch of the Glen


The series told the story of young restaurateur, Archie MacDonald and his quest to restore his childhood home in the Scottish highlands.

River City

River City, Glasgow, TV show

Scotland’s answer to Corrie, the soap follows the drama surrounding the characters living in Shieldinch.

Rab C Nesbitt

Starring Gregor Fisher, an alcoholic, string-vest wearing glaswegian, Rab C Nesbitt has also starred both Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi and David Tennant as well as Ugly Betty’s Ashley Jensen.

Gary Tank Commander

Gary: Tank Commander
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Following the lives of Gary McLintoch and his three friends after their military deployments, the Scottish sitcom has ran for 3 series.

City Lights

Starring the late Gerard Kelly, City Lights told the fictional story of a bank-teller hoping to make it as an author by releasing an autobiography.


Comedy sketch show, written by comedians Iain Connell and Robert Florence, is set in a fictional town and characters include Scott and Peter, Kelly McGlade and DJ Jesus.

Only an Excuse

The annual Scottish football comedy sketch show airs each Hogmanay and stars actor and comedian Jonathan Watson. It features impressions of various football characters including Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith.

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