Two Doors Down 'laid to rest' following tragic death of Scots sitcom creator

Two Doors Down cast
-Credit: (Image: BBC)

The stars of hit Scottish comedy Two Doors Down all came together this week for the first time since the funeral of the show's creator - with the sad news that it may not continue.

As part of the BBC Comedy Festival 2024, all nine of the show's main stars including Elaine C. Smith took to the stage at the Tron theatre in Glasgow for a live performance of some classic episodes.

But after the show on Thursday May 24, it was revealed that the show could in fact be 'put to rest' with its co-creator, Simon Carlyle, who tragically passed away in August last year.

The sitcom has ran for a total of seven seasons, and when asked by the Scottish Sun if it'll continue, Elaine said: "This is the first time we’ve all been together since Simon’s funeral.

“I felt really emotional all day. Simon would have loved to have been here tonight.

“For all of us the emotion is still really, really raw. He was part of this family. So to even think of walking back on the set without him there, how do you do that?”

And according to an insider, Simon's co-writer Gregor Sharp felt he 'could not carry on' without his former partner.

Simon Carlyle
Ayr-born Simon tragically passed away aged 48 last year -Credit:BBC

It comes after the whole cast put on a stellar performance to adoring fans at the comedy festival playing the family and friends collective we all know and love.

Starring Alex Norton and Arabella Weir as Eric and Beth Baird, Jonathan Watson as Colin and Doon Mackichan as Cathy, the show has been a firm favourite with comedy fans all across the UK.

Elaine reprised her role as much-loved character Christine, whilst Jamie Quinn and Kiernan Hodgson also taking to the stage as couple Ian and Gordon. Grado and Joy McAvoy also appeared in the live show.

They treated fans to a live reading of scripts from two hit episodes including season four's Anniversary and the final episode, Vegas, from season seven.

When the first series aired in 2016, Elaine actually hadn't appeared in it, but was invited into a meeting with Simon and Gregor whilst she was auditioning for a role in the hit soap River City.

She recalls: “My husband Bob had seen the first one and was like ‘This is really fresh and different,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh f**k wis it?’ - because as an actor you don’t want to hear anyone else is in something good.

“But when Gregor and Simon told me they were writing a part for me as Sophie’s mum I still thought it was only for one episode.”

The cast also revealed that Simon, who was 48 when he died, had also dreamed of seeing Two Doors Down performed live at the Hydro - and they hope to honour his wishes.

Elaine said: “Simon was thrilled about doing a live show. That may be able to happen as a tribute to him.

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