The Old Guys
The Old Guys is a British sitcom that revolves around two ageing housemates: Tom Finnan (Roger Lloyd-Pack) and Roy Bowden (Clive Swift). The pair live across the street from Sally (Jane Asher), whom they both find attractive. Tom moved in with Roy after Roy's wife Penny deserted him. Baby boomer Tom has little in life but his daughter Amber (Katherine Parkinson), who is dating Sally's son Steve (Justin Edwards). Roy is a suburban pensioner who believes that he is one of the country's leading intellectuals.
|The Old Guys|
The Old Guys title card for series 1.
|Created by||Jesse Armstrong|
|Written by||Jesse Armstrong|
|Directed by||Dewi Humphreys|
|Theme music composer||Ivor Cutler (Series 1)|
|Opening theme||"I'm Happy"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Alan Tyler|
|Production location(s)||BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow|
|Production company(s)||BBC Scotland|
|Original network||BBC One|
BBC One HD (series 2)
|Original release||31 January 2009 –|
13 August 2010
The sitcom is produced by BBC Scotland, and is written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell and Sam Bain. The show was commissioned by Lucy Lumsden, BBC Controller of Comedy Commissioning in 2008. It is recorded at BBC Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
In 2005, while in the early stages of development, a script for The Old Guys was used for a BBC Three competition, The Last Laugh, aimed at encouraging young writers. Along with seven other scripts for potential sitcoms, the first 13 scenes were published, and entrants invited to write the remainder.
For its theme tune the series has used Ivor Cutler's distinctive song "I'm Happy", which can be found on his 1967 Ludo album. The theme song heard during the end credits is "Barabadabada" from his 1976 Jammy Smears album. Series 1 used the original recording of "I'm Happy", whilst Series 2 used a version performed by Lloyd-Pack and Swift.
The Old Guys ran for twelve episodes over two series. All episodes are thirty minutes. The first series aired at around 9:30 pm every Saturday. The first episode gained 4.95 million viewers, an audience share of 22.5%. The second episode slumped slightly with 3.75 million (17.2%) viewers. The second series began on 9 July 2010 and ended on 13 August 2010. Both series of the show are occasionally repeated on Gold as part of their late-night broadcasting schedules.
The Old Guys received mixed reviews. David Chater in The Times stated, "There is nothing wrong with the comic performances, but such an unashamedly old-fashioned format is strangely at odds with its subject matter. Peep Show this isn't." The Daily Mirror commented, "Moved to a new home on Friday nights, where it's much-needed, the second series of The Old Guys feels as comfortable as a pair of slippers."
In Australia the show originally aired on ABC1. In the US the first series is currently available on some PBS stations.
- "The Old Guys". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "Two brand new sitcoms from BBC Scotland – Life Of Riley and The Old Guys". BBC Press Office. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "The Old Guys Series 2 (2010)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- The Old Guys press clippings – British Comedy Guide
- The Old Guys – Series 1 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Roger Lloyd-Pack, Clive Swift, Jane Asher, Katherine Parkinson, Justin Edwards: DVD & Blu-ray