Screenwriter Neil Forsyth has revealed that Succession star Brian Cox has begged to return as the Bob Servant of the burger.
The 77-year-old Dundonian – who plays billionaire tyrant Logan Roy in the hit soap – has teamed up with Neil again in the Radio 4 version of the lovable conman from Broughty Ferry.
Neil, who was nominated as Best Writer for the BBC series The Gold, spoke about the Brink’s-Mat robbery, saying: “Brian got in touch and sweetly invited me out to lunch and said ‘I’d love to do more with Bob.’
“I replied: ‘I thought you’d like the idea of playing more of Bob, I’m not sure you’d enjoy the reality of being in a caravan in Scotland in the pouring rain, trying to memorize your lines. me.’
“So I said, ‘Why don’t we do radio,’ where he doesn’t have to learn lines or makeup or costumes and doesn’t have to hang around. So we did it for two days and it was amazing.
“It’s a two-part special coming out at Christmas and in addition to Brian, there’s Rufus Jones, Greg McHugh, Jonathan Watson and Lulu – it doesn’t get better than that.”
He added: “Lulu is hilarious. She’s a great actress and I would love to do it.
“Brian is one of the most famous actors in the world but he just shows up and you ask him what sandwich he wants for lunch and that’s it. He gets on with it.
“I think he really enjoys acting – there just isn’t a lot that goes with it. He really wants to get back together with Bob so who am I to say no.”
Neil also hinted at another return this time for The Gold, starring Hugh Bonneville as DCI Brian Boyce on the trail of violent mastermind Kenneth Noye, played by Jack Lowden.
“I hope it happens,” the 45-year-old said. There is certainly more to tell.”