Our 6 Favourite TV Shows and Films Set in Glasgow
Picture this: you’re slumped over a bag of Doritos, their salty, starchy aroma burning your eyeballs as you scroll through Netflix, accosted by thumbnails of yellow taxi cabs and titles including ‘American Pie, ‘American Beauty’ and ‘American Psycho’. Don’t get us wrong; we’re all partial to the classics, from admiring the bustling streets of the Big Apple to the suburban neighbourhoods of the Mid-West. However, whether you’re an avid film buff or a casual spectator, it’s always entertaining to divert from the traditional landscapes of our screens and towards the graceful plains of our own turf. So to abate our patriotic urges, we’ve rustled up a marathon of our fave TV shows and films set in Glasgow.
Written and directed by Neil Marshall, Doomsday takes place in a dystopian Glasgow as a killer virus has ravaged the city. If that’s not mental enough, in an attempt to prevent the outbreak from infecting the rest of Britain, the government builds a wall to isolate Scotland, regardless of survivors. This is an ideal if you’re a keen fan of zombie movies and action thrillers with a touch of cannibalism.
Under The Skin (2003)
Scarlett Johansson’s usual sultry-eyed aesthetic takes on a whole new meaning in this creepy gem as she plays an alien scouring the streets of Glasgow in a white van seducing men to harvest their flesh. Based on the novel of the same name by Michel Faber, Under The Skin provides a unique glimpse into gender identity, the fear of female sexuality and what it means to be human. Plus you get to see Scarlett Johansson drive through Sauchiehall Street encountering some classic Saturday night drunken debauchery.
Directed by Lynne Ramsay and set in 1970s Glasgow during the dustmen’s strike, Ratcatcher follows 12-year-old James Gillespie immediately after the accidental death of his best friend. Haunted by the decaying canal in which he drowned, the film assesses the poverty-stricken streets of what was once one of Europe’s poorest housing estates, bringing to the surface the forgotten narratives of working class Glasgow and the struggles endured by past generations.
Limmy’s Show (2010-2012)
From Jacqueline, the ex-heroin addict to camp TV psychic to gaming adventurer Falconhoof, the characters in Limmy’s show are hysterical emblems of Glaswegian people from all facets of life. His sketches are both a raw reflection of reality yet simultaneously surreal, encompassing the vernacular humour of Glasgow with the quick wit and great wigs. At a punchy twenty-five minutes per episode, Limmy’s Show is arguably one of Scotland’s best sketch shows.
God Help The Girl (2014)
With a quirky coming-of-age flair invoked by musical enigma Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian, God Help The Girl tells the story of an offbeat trio and their wobbly emergence into the music industry. With gorgeous cinematography and stunning shots of Glasgow’s west end, it’s no wonder this indie film slice has scooped up both a Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival award.
Still Game (2002-present)
Originally a stage play and now considered a belter of a classic, Still Game is the backbone to Glaswegian TV culture, a sitcom with iconic characters that many of us have grown up alongside. The show planted its humorous seeds back at the turn of the century and since then has blasted through a hefty seven series, poised for a comeback this year and ready to polish up some new nuggets of comedy gold.
***Words By Mina Green***