Wednesday 9 May
BBC RADIO 4NEW
Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere - and 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.
Producer/Clive Brill for Pacificus Productions
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