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  • 2010
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.9  (914)

Burnistoun is a sketch comedy show that takes place in the fictional town of Burnistoun, a place that is defined by its cast of eccentric characters and their bizarre antics. The show stars Iain Connell and Robert Florence, who also created and wrote the series. They play multiple characters throughout the show, from the hapless police officers PC Greg and PC Bruce to the surly newsagent Lawrence and the lovable weirdo Jolly Boy John.

Other cast members include Kirsty Strain, Richard Rankin, Allan Miller, and Louise Stewart, who all bring their own unique talents and comedic flair to the show.

Each episode of Burnistoun is filled with a series of interrelated sketches, ranging from the absurd to the surreal. Some of the most memorable sketches include the Burnistoun Butcher, who takes great pleasure in tormenting his customers, and the Burnistoun Health Centre, where the staff are more concerned with their own dramas than the health of their patients.

The show also features recurring characters like Paul and Walter, two middle-aged men who are perpetually stuck in the 1980s, and McGregor and Toshney, two football commentators who struggle to keep up with the action on the pitch.

One of the standout sketches from the show is the Quality Polis, a hilarious spoof of reality TV cop shows. In this sketch, PC Greg and PC Bruce try to improve their image by participating in a documentary about the police force, but their efforts only lead to more chaos and incompetence.

Despite its absurdist humor, Burnistoun also touches on some deeper themes, such as loneliness, isolation, and the struggles of everyday life. These moments of pathos give the show a depth and nuance that sets it apart from other sketch comedy series.

Overall, Burnistoun is a delightfully weird and offbeat show that is sure to appeal to anyone with a taste for the absurd. With its talented cast of performers and its endless supply of bizarre sketches, it is a true gem of British comedy that is not to be missed.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
September 17, 2012
In the fictional town of Burnistoun, the legend of King Arthur springs to life when a Burnistoun man pulls the magic sword Excalibur out of the pavement. Meanwhile two punters enjoying a lock-in at the pub find their enjoyment eerily curtailed by the arrival of the pub's ghost, the Wee Baldy Man.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
September 10, 2012
The 'quality polis' team of McGregor and Toshan attend a football match and cause the very riot they were there to prevent. Pals Peter and Scott have a disagreement over what is, and is not, acceptable footwear for the pub, and Jolly Boy John has fun with some pet turtles in his latest home video.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
September 3, 2012
A local priest is revealed to have a direct line to God, but simply uses it to have daft banter with the Almighty. A novel interactive mobile phone app gets tested on the streets of Burnistoun with unintended consequences for its proprietor, while eating a pizza proves problematic for a Burnistoun man out on a date.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
August 27, 2012
Misguided entrepreneur Alex Ciderson invents a new way of packaging beer, 'quality polis' McGregor and Toshan gatecrash a party, while pals Peter and Scott find they have a different approach to shaving a certain part of their anatomy. The Kilty Club's Herry McLoudery massacres another Scots song, and in another of his home videos, Jolly Boy John displays some unusual ways with pakora.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
August 20, 2012
In episode two the local cake shop suffers a decline in sales when a rogue cake decorator is let loose; two punters are unimpressed with the clientele in their local caf; and the Job Centre has a new line in compulsory niceness. All is not well in Burnistoun's leafy suburbs when a resident struggles to put out the correct colour of wheelie bin, while for another hapless householder the task of signing for a parcel has unexpected complications. Also, two characters from the previous series are back - failed entrepreneur Alex Ciderson, and furniture retailer James Jumpstyle.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 13, 2012
We pop into a trendy coffee shop that has an original way of serving a cappuccino.
  • Premiere Date
    March 1, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (914)