I’d love to have another bite at demon dentist Stage show star eyes Craiglang comeback
MORSE ACTOR KEVIN’S STILL GAME VOW
The latest series of Still Game might have come to an end but Kevin Whately would be happy to put a smile on fans’ faces again as Craiglang’s demon dentist.
The Inspector Morse and Lewis star made a cameo in Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s comedy in 2016 as dodgy tooth doctor Cameron Hastie.
Cammy gave Methadone Mick a blinding smile ahead of a job interview and his comedy gnashers made such an impact that false teeth were given out to fans when Still Game returned to the SSE Hydro for live show Bon Voyage last year.
Kevin, 67, said: “I love the show. I caught it on late night telly from the beginning, so when Ford and Greg came through with the part I jumped at it.
“I think I only did one day’s filming but I had a really nice time. I loved doing it. If they can use him again, I would be back like a shot.”
The actor is returning to Scotland this week with Our Finest Hour, a series of concerts commemorating the miracle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain.
Kevin will host the shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow as Scots vocalist Annie Gill and the BBC Big Band look back to the words and music of the era.
The concerts wi l l feature iconic songs such as We’ll Meet Again, (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cl i f fs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.
Also featuring will be some of the classic music the war inspired, including the Dam Busters March and the music from Ron Goodwin’s scores to films, including Battle of Britain and 633 Squadron.
He said : “It ’ s so different for me and I love work ing with orchestras and bigg bands, particularly on a stage, which you veryy rarely get the chance too do as an actor.
“I ’m also looking forward to playing differentifferent halls, the Usher Hall, which I know, and the Concert Hall. I will be narrating it, hosting it, introducing people.
“There will be recordings of Churchillian speeches and I will be doing some poetry and reading letters from boys at the front.
“I am lucky because I have done 35 years of telly, doing series from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet to Morse and Lewis and I
don’t have to worry about making a living any more. I am an old-age pensioner now. I just pick and choose stuff that I fancy rather than slogging away doing stuff for the sake of it.”
Whi le some may see Our Finest Hour as a nostalgia concert, Kevin disagrees.
For him it’s personal, as his father served in the Royal Navy, as did his father-in-law, who was sunk three times.
The actor, whowh was one of 200 sig- natories nator to a letter to The Times newspaper in 2014 pleading with wit Scots to vote No in tthe independence referendum, refe believes the concert holds important lessons for today. He said: “When you see what ’s happening now with Putin you can see how easy it is to slip into another situation where it becomes more than just a cold war.
“It ’ s impor tant f rom an educational point of view to see with Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain how close we were to going under.
“It was such a different time. People were that much more self less, self- sacrif icing and noble that is almost difficult to understand nowadays.”
NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH Kevin Whately as Craiglang dentist Picture BBC
VERSATILE Kevin in Still GameGame, left,left andandMorseMorse in 2000,2000 right. Above, big band night
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