Still Game gets title makeover for new series

Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan took Jack and Victor back in time to record a new title sequence for Still Game.

Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan took Jack and Victor back in time to record a new title sequence for Still Game.

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SCOTTISH comedy favourite Still Game has been given a classical makeover for its return to the nation's TV screens for the first time in nine years.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has recorded a brand new version of the theme music to the cult sitcom to herald its long-awaited comeback.

The BBC has revealed it has also filmed a brand new version of the show's much-loved title sequence, which famously charts the changing images of Jack and Victor over the decades.

It said it has decided to modernise the title sequence to "make the titles sparkle" on high-definition television screens which many fans will be watching the new series on when it returns on 7 October.

The orchestra recorded a new version of the track Cuban Boy, which was originally recorded by the English "easy listening" star Frank Chackfield, at the City Halls in Glasgow last week, conducted by BAFTA-winning composer Ben Foster.

The new titles remain faithful to the original style seeing Jack and Victor through the ages from schoolboys, to teens and adults in the 60s, 70s, 80s to the present day.

The BBC SSO recorded a new version of Still Game's theme music for its TV comeback.

The BBC SSO recorded a new version of Still Game's theme music for its TV comeback.

Producer Jacqueline Sinclair said: "Jack and Victor may not have aged and the original titles have been fabulous for 14 years but as the whole series is getting a polish, we really needed to make the titles sparkle for HD widescreen televisions too.

"The re-recording of the title music has been the icing on the cake and it really did bring a tear to my eye to hear it being performed live."

Joan Morrison, orchestra and events manager for the BBC SSO, said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the new series of Still Game and had great fun recording the soundtrack.

"The orchestra plays a vital role in contributing to programmes across the BBC, entertaining and enlightening audiences throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond.”