In 1987, BBC Scotland commissioned a 6 part series from artist and playwright, John Byrne. Originally he was asked if he would write for the series – his reply was that he would do so only if he could write all 6 episodes himself, he would turn in the scripts two at a time, as he wrote them, and he wanted and expected no feedback or comments on his script. Amazingly, BBC Scotland agreed, and so this masterpiece was born.
Starring Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson, it tells the story of the Majestics, a Glasgow rock and roll band still waiting for their big break 25 years past their prime. Plans for their great Silver Jubilee tour are scuppered when the lead singer, Big Jazza (played, in flashback, by Coltrane) is killed. Reluctantly, on both sides, Jazza’s younger brother, Danny (also played by Coltrane) is persuaded to join the band.
I thought that the series was brilliant when it first came out, and I am pleased to say it has stood the test of time. A real tragi-comedy, the writing is excellent, and the acting superb. Definitely worth picking up a copy, or renting.