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The Old Guys

The Old Guys
The Old Guys title card for series 1.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jesse Armstrong
Sam Bain
Written by Jesse Armstrong
Sam Bain
Simon Blackwell
Directed by Dewi Humphreys
Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack
Clive Swift
Jane Asher
Katherine Parkinson
Justin Edwards
Theme music composer Ivor Cutler (Series 1)
Clive Swift
Roger Lloyd-Pack
Opening theme "I'm Happy"
Ending theme "Barabadabada"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Alan Tyler
Cheryl Taylor
Location(s) BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow
Production companies BBC Scotland
Distributor BBC DVD
Original channel BBC One
BBC One HD (series 2)
Picture format 16:9
Original run 31 January 2009 (2009-01-31) – 13 August 2010 (2010-08-13)
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The Old Guys is a British comedy television series that revolves around two aging 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 Steve (Justin Edwards). Roy is a suburban pensioner who believes that he is one of the country's leading intellectuals.[1]

It premiered on 31 January 2009 on BBC One, and aired on Saturday evenings. The show concluded its second series on 13 August 2010. The first and second series are currently being repeated on Gold.


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.[2] 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.


Title music

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 9:30pm every Saturday. The first episode gained 4.95 million viewers, an audience share of 22.5%. The second episode slumped slightly with 3.75m (17.2%) viewers. The second series began on 9 July 2010 and ended on 13 August 2010.[3] Both series of the show are occasionally repeated on Gold as part of their late - night broadcasting schedules.

Christmas special

In 2011, rumours were spread[weasel words] that the writers of The Old Guys were secretly developing a 60 minute special for a Christmas broadcast in which Tom and Roy decide what to get each other for Christmas. This rumour was later denied by officials. The show has since been canceled.


The Old Guys received mixed reviews. On The Box stated, "Aside from sporting the best theme tune to accompany a sitcom in living memory, The Old Guys is a excellent confection of rich BBC comedy and an conceived, best handled premise." The 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."[4]

International distribution

In Australia the show originally aired on ABC1. In the US the first series is currently available on some PBS stations.

DVD release

The first series of The Old Guys was released on Region 2 DVD on 28 June 2010.[5] Both series' are also available to buy on iTunes, despite the second one not being released on DVD.


External links

  • BBC Programmes
  • Internet Movie Database
  • British Comedy Guide
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