David Tennant & Richard Wilson Pic: BBC

David Tennant will be one of a small core cast supporting Richard Wilson in his new series for BBC Radio 4.

Richard Wilson stars in Believe It!, a new four-part comedy autobiography loosely based on his own life.

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From the BBC Media Centre:

Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing and, most importantly, untrue celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he’d never write one. Richard, however, narrates the series, weaving in and out of dramatised scenes from his fictional life story.

He plays a heavily exaggerated version of himself: a Scots actor and national treasure, unmarried, private, passionate about politics, theatre and Manchester United – all true.

He’s a confidant of the powerful and has survived childhood poverty, a drunken father, years of fruitless grind, too much success, monstrosity, addiction, charity work, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery – all not true.

All the melodramatic staples of celebrity-autobiography are wonderfully undercut by Richard’s deadpan delivery.

Throughout the series, Richard is supported by a small core cast including David Tennant, John Sessions, Lewis Macleod, Arabella Weir and Jane Slavin.

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Believe It! starts on Wednesday 9th May at 11.30am on BBC Radio 4

David Tennant and Richard Wilson have a longstanding friendship and professional relationship, both appearing together on stage in What The Butler Saw in 1995 and in the short-lived ITV comedy Duck Patrol  in 1998. David also guested in an unbroadcast episode of another Richard Wilson comedy, High Stakes, in 2001, and interviewed Wilson for the radio show Chain Reaction in 2008

Source: BBC Media Centre


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