Still Game star offers comeback advice to Tony Blair


STILL GAME actor Greg Hemphill has offered comeback advice to the former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Posting on social media, the star of the BBC Scotland comedy said the former PM had a “mountain to climb” and to “let us know” if he needed any tips.

The controversial ex-Labour leader has been reported to be making a return into British Politics after an absence of nine years – the same time Still Game was away from TV screens.

A source said Mr Blair is trying to locate premises near Westminster in order to relocate 130 staff to the UK’s political hub.


The funnyman has reached out to the former PM
The funnyman has reached out to the former PM


Having successfully staged his own comeback with the hit comedy Still Game with Ford Kieran, Mr Hemphill sent the tweet to Mr Blair this morning.

He said: “I hear you’re staging a comeback after nine years away, mate. Ooft. Mountain to climb. Let us know if you need any tips @tonyblairoffice”

Followers of the Scottish actor replied replied to his tweet.

@Marcus_Hogan said: “He loves making cameos. I could see a one off chance meeting with Jack and Victor and getting an ear bashing.”

Following the antics of pensioners Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade, Still Game ran for six series between 2002 and 2007.

The BBC comedy carried out a triumphant return in October after almost a decade off the air.

On it’s debut return it took a 58% share of the Scottish TV audience with 1.3 million viewers – beating its previous record of 1.2 million.

Airing for the first time on BBC One throughout the UK, it drew a total of audience of 3.2 million.

After leaving Downing Street in 2007, Mr Blair has focused on a number of international political projects including charity work, diplomacy and work as an envoy for the Middle East.

Due to his controversial involvement in the Iraq War, Mr Blair has turned his attention to international politics, while avoiding involvement in British issues.

Last month, the ex-PM called for a second European referendum to be held when it becomes clearer what Brexit would actually look like.

He said: “If you want to retain that access to the single market there will be various obligations that are imposed upon you, in relation to the free movement of people, to legal obligations…you are going to have to work out at that point, ‘are the freedoms that we’re going to enjoy…really so substantial that we want to leave the European Union?”