Comedy talent on the ball with BBC Scotland Euros shows

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A host of Scottish comedy talent will kick off BBC Scotland's upcoming coverage of Euro 2024.

The corporation has revealed a range of entertainment programming to run alongside the tournament, which gets underway on 14 June when Scotland play hosts Germany in Munich.

The schedule includes a sketch show featuring the likes of Jonathan Watson, Karen Dunbar and Jack Docherty, who will reprise his Scot Squad character the Chief in a special skit.

Broadcaster Gordon Smart and actor Martin Compston will host a regular late night show throughout the group stages and there will be a special version of popular quiz, Breaking the News.

Still Game star Greg Hemphill, one of the names lined up for the All Star Euros Sketch Show, said viewers should "expect the unexpected" from the programme, which will air on BBC Scotland and via the iPlayer.

His former Still Game co-star Ford Kiernan will also appear as a brand new character.

Meanwhile, Karen Dunbar and Tom Urie will bring back their old Almost Angelic personas for football-themed songs.

Jonathan Watson as Steve Clarke in the All Star Euros Sketch Show
Jonathan Watson as Steve Clarke in the All Star Euros Sketch Show [BBC]

Impressionist Jonathan Watson, who starred in football show Only An Excuse for many years, will offer his take on Scotland boss Steve Clarke and football legends Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson.

He will be joined by his Two Doors Down co-star Grado, who will impersonate stars including Ally McCoist.

Meanwhile Scot Squad's The Chief will be seen planning an ambassadorial trip to Germany.

Grado as Ally McCoist in the All Star Euros Sketch Show
Grado will give his take on Ally McCoist [BBC]

Late Night at The Euros with Compston & Smart is scheduled to air at 22:30 throughout the tournament, with the duo welcoming guests and chatting to fans in front of a live audience.

They will be joined by Scottish comedian Susie McCabe, who will be visiting fanzones in Germany.

Lastly Breaking the Euros, hosted by Des Clarke, will bring together Breaking The News regulars Jay Lafferty, Ray Bradshaw and Athena Kugblenu.

It will also feature Off The Ball stars Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan and Sacked in The Morning podcast host Amy Irons.

Ford Kiernan in the All Star Euros Sketch Show
Ford Kiernan shows his support for Scotland [BBC]

In a special to be aired on Radio Scotland on 7 June they will look at the teams Scotland face, the lengths fans have gone to get there and ponder the question of whether Scots get an extra bank holiday if the country goes all the way.

Clarke said: "As a lifelong Scotland fan, hosting Breaking The Euros is a dream come true - as it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to playing for Scotland at a major tournament."

Gavin Smith, commissioning executive, said "It’s great having all the big BBC Scotland names together to ride the wave of the Euros excitement."