Interview: Gavin Mitchell on Bowie, sandwiches and sleeping in the library

Interview: Gavin Mitchell on Bowie, sandwiches and sleeping in the library

The star of TV's Still Game (and Aladdin, the King's Theatre Glasgow's 2013 panto) answers our questionnaire

First record you ever bought
‘Eye Level’ by the Simon Park Orchestra (the theme to Van der Valk).

Last extravagant purchase you made
A ‘Simply Cheese’ sandwich; from the glorious selection at Tesco.

First film you saw that really moved you
Pinocchio; and it was my first ever movie.

Last lie you told
Answer to question two – it was actually a ham sandwich!

First movie you ever went on a date to
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. It went well!

Last time you cried
I cry at adverts for goodness sake!

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Sleep, go to the library, or sleep in the library.

Last great meal you cooked
Chick pea, chicken & chorizo stew.

First crush
Primary school. Mandy Cunningham. Sigh.

Last book you read
War with the Newts by Karel Capek.

First great piece of advice you were given
‘Never hit your mother with a shovel, it leaves a dull impression on her mind.’

Last time you were star struck
I spent an evening with Sam Shepard, and worked with Tom Baker.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Stop poverty, the means are there!

Last meal on earth – what would it be
Cullen skink.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
'Kung Fu Fighting' by Carl Douglas.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
I don’t think I ever have or would.

First time you realised you were famous
When a bus driver winked at me and asked me ‘Where my mullet was?’ And saved me a free all day bus ticket! Never looked back!

Last time someone criticised your work
They are now dead.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
You’d have to ask them!

First concert you ever attended
Toyah at the Apollo.

Last time you bought someone flowers
For the Clutha.

Last funny thing you saw online
A man giving lessons on how to wrestle a baby, hysterical!

First job

Last person you fantasized about
Bowie doing a tour again.

First word you spoke

Last crime you committed
If I told you I’d have to kill you.

First song at your (potential) wedding
‘Do You Realize?’ by The Flaming Lips.

Last song at your funeral
‘A New Career in a New Town’ by David Bowie.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
Everyone whose believed in and put up with me!

Last thing you recommended to someone
Chocolate buttons and eye liner.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
What time is it? Why am I not asleep?

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
See above.

Gavin stars in Aladdin at The King's Theatre, Glasgow, until Sun 12 Jan.

The Simon Park Orchestra - "Eye Level" (Theme from Van Der Valk)

Pinocchio (1940) Trailer

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence trailer

Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting(original)

Toyah - It's A Mystery (UK TV)

The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?? [Official Music Video]

David Bowie A New Career In A New Town

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).


Classic tale about the young street urchin and his genie pal.

The Bradford Playhouse

Sat 18 Dec

£12.50–£50 / 01274 800415

Sun 19 Dec

£12.50–£50 / 01274 800415

Mon 20 Dec

£10–£50 / 01274 800415

…and 8 more dates until 29 Dec

Christmas Lights Switch On

Clyde 1 broadcaster Gina McKie presses the all-important button to transform the town into a glittering Christmas wonderland. She's flanked by the Aladdin panto stars Gavin Mitchell (the evil Abanazar), Jenny Douglas (Princess Jasmine) and Gordon Cooper (Widow Twankey).

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