I’d love to have an­other bite at de­mon den­tist Stage show star eyes Craiglang come­back


Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lesley Roberts -

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

PEARLY PE WHITE Methadone Methad Mick teeth

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