Judy Murray delighted to serve up Only An Excuse? cameo role


Tennis coach Judy Murray has admitted she "jumped at the chance" of a cameo role in BBC Scotland's long-running new year comedy sketch show.

The mother of Scottish tennis aces Andy and Jamie Murray will appear in Only An Excuse? on December 31. 

The sketch will feature former Celtic and West Ham footballer Frank "Macca" McAvennie - as played by comedian Jonathan Watson - joining Judy Murray's drive to get more people involved in tennis at grassroots level. 

She said: "I've been watching Only An Excuse? for years.

"It's one of the must-see shows at Hogmanay, so I jumped at the chance to have a part in it. It was so much fun joining up with the team that produces the show and, of course bantering, with Macca."

Mr Watson added: "Judy said yes right away when we asked if she'd like to appear because she's such a fan of the show.

"She was great fun to work with and I'm sure the audience will enjoy seeing how she gets on with Macca."

It has been a stellar year for the Murray family, with both Judy's sons Andy and Jamie finishing 2016 as world number one tennis players.

Andy Murray won Wimbledon and Olympic gold before finishing the season with his 24th straight victory to lift the ATP World Tour Finals trophy and clinch the year-end world number one ranking.

Earlier this week, Andy Murray became the first person to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year three times after a landslide victory in the public vote. 

His brother Jamie reached the number one ranking in men's doubles tennis earlier this year.

The Hogmanay special of Only An Excuse? will air on BBC One Scotland at 11pm on Saturday December 31.