Media release: Gaelic comedy series on BBC ALBA


OMC! (OMG!) is a homegrown Gaelic sketch show from Scot Squad producers, The Comedy Unit.

With a cast of outrageous characters and fast-paced visual gags, the series is sure to have them ‘rolling in the isles’.

From lovelorn posties to tasteless TV chefs, OMC! brings some kooky characters to BBC ALBA, in what is the first foray into Gaelic comedy for over a decade by Scottish comedy hit-machine, The Comedy Unit.

BBC ALBA comedy and children’s TV star, Hannah McKirdy brings Scotland’s Croft of the Year and Cake Wars to viewers in OMC! this March, alongside rising Scottish star Lana Pheutan, and veterans of Gaelic comedy Arthur Donald and Carina MacLeod.

The sketch show features an intimate dining experience, an embarrassing
confrontation in the shopping aisle, ferry office fiascos, and an everlasting

Rab Christie, managing director at OMC! producer, The Comedy Unit, said: “We were delighted to get the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals on both sides of the camera to create a brand-new sketch series for BBC ALBA.

“Like some of our English language comedies, OMC! features a mix of writers,
performers and writer-performers and we were blown away by the quality of material they produced. Throughout the process, the priority was for Gaelic-speakers to take the lead on what content featured and who or what the show should target and send-up. It was brilliant to see the cast and crew flourish on OMC!”

On the significance of new, modern Gaelic comedy content, Bill Macleod,
commissioning editor for BBC ALBA, said: “Gaels have got a lively sense of the ridiculous and are never happier than when they’re poking fun at each other – as I know to my cost having often been on the receiving end of it in writers’ meetings!

“This show has it all – from satire, to the surreal, to the downright silly.”

OMC! airs weekly from Wednesday 9 March at 10pm for four weeks on BBC ALBA, and each episode will be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.

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