DUNDEE-born actor Brian Cox, picturd, is set to play the infamous Dundee rogue Bob Servant in a new BBC 4 comedy series.
Based on the books by Dundee author and journalist Neil Forsyth, ‘Bob Servant Independent’ follows Servant as he tries to win the local seat in parliament after the previous holder passed away suddenly.
And like most politicians, Servant has absolutely no interest in what is right for the people he represents. Instead, he views the whole thing as a great chance for self-promotion. The series will be set in both Dundee and Broughty Ferry, and Mr Forsyth believes that the setting is integral.
“It brings everything really. I think there’s a uniqueness to Dundonian humour, a surreal touch that I’ve always enjoyed and I hope that Bob Servant is a tribute to that.”
Having Brian Cox on board is a game changer for the author, as he praises the skills of the Dundee-born actor whose credits include X-Men 2, Hannibal Lector in Manhunter and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Neil added: “For me Brian has become Bob Servant. He grew up with guys like Bob and I can’t wait to see him play him around the Ferry.”
Brian Cox said: “As a Dundee man I am very excited to be filming a brand new television comedy set in Broughty Ferry. With the comic writing skills of Neil Forsyth and the audacious spirit of Bob Servant it shouldn’t fail to capture the very essence of the unique east coast humour.”
Forsyth’s next book will be coming out later this year. Titled ‘San Carlos’, it is a thriller set in Ibiza in 1989.