Rev Jolly res­ur­rected to preach in La­nark­shire

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He was the dour-faced, wry rev­erend who be­came an es­sen­tial New Year TV tra­di­tion when the late Rikki Ful­ton donned his min­is­ter’s grab, set­tled back into his leather Ch­ester­field arm­chair and de­liv­ered a highly in­ap­pro­pri­ate, but hi­lar­i­ous ser­mon.

The last time TV au­di­ences wit­nessed the Rev Jolly in full flow was when Rikki made his ap­pear­ance on BBC for The Final Last Call on De­cem­ber 31, 1999. It was a short but mem­o­rable skit in that it marked the end of the Church of Scot­land cleric’s reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances that had started back in 1978 on the TV show, Scotch and Wry.

But now the Rev I.M. Jolly is set to “preach again” in and East Kil­bride this Oc­to­ber.

The char­ac­ter’s the­atri­cal come­back is spear­headed by Scot­tish en­ter­tain­ers Johnny Mac and Liam Dolan who have for the past four years taken their Fran­cie and Josie tribute shows all over Scot­land. Rikki and co-star Jack Mil­roy had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as the two Glas­gow wide-boy char­ac­ters with their hi­lar­i­ous ban­ter, song and dance rou­tines and wise-crack­ing jibes at each other’s char­ac­ter. Their per­for­mances spanned five decades, launch­ing in 1958 with the duo land­ing their own TV show in the early 60s on STV.

Af­ter de­but­ing his take on Jolly in Fe­bru­ary, Johnny Mac is don­ning his min­is­ter’s dog-caller and im­per­son­at­ing Jolly as part of the duo’s new Fran­cie and Josie: A Tribute show. And it will be the first time the duo has played out the Jolly sketch in the La­nark­shire venues.

Johnny said: “We’re so look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the La­nark­shire au­di­ences with our new show! It’s all very ex­cit­ing. For us to share some of Rikki’s mag­nif­i­cently crafted and highly en­ter­tain­ing ser­mons which de­lighted many thou­sands over the years in our shows is a big hon­our.

“From the mo­ment he ap­peared on TV as the Rev Jolly in his arm­chair and just said “hullo” in his droll man­ner he had the au­di­ences laugh­ing. I’ve been re­hears­ing for days to get the tone and tim­ing spot on – I want to do Rikki’s legacy proud when I set­tle into the iconic arm­chair and be­gin the ser­mon.”

Fran­cie and Josie: A Tribute star­ring Johnny Mac and Liam Dolan is on Oc­to­ber 6 at 7.30pm in Ruther­glen Town Hall and on Oc­to­ber 7 at at 2.30pm/7.30pm at

East Kil­bride Vil­lage The­atre.

Johnny Mac as Rev Jolly and with Liam Dolan as Fran­cie and Josie

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