Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back, a half-hour scripted comedy about the outgoing UKIP leader from Endemol Shine’s Zeppotron, has landed at BBC Two, TVWise has learned.
The one-off will star Kevin Bishop (Porridge, We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story) as Farage. “I’m delighted to be playing a character as colourful as Farage”, Bishop said in a statement. “He’s a gift to parody and I’m looking forward to bringing previously unseen aspects of his life to the screen.”
Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back will combine pieces to camera with footage following the day-to-day reality of being Nigel Farage; exploring the life he declared he wanted “back” in his resignation speech mere days after the UK, urged on by his campaign, voted for Brexit. It will look at both “public Nigel”, the colourful character that the country has come to know and love/hate, and private “Nigel”, the man behind the facade, at home, eating bangers and mash watching Pointless and insisting that he doesn’t miss the limelight, that he’s much happier out of politics and that he never wanted to be prime minister anyway.
Alan Connor (The Rack Pack, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe) and Shaun Pye (A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) are penning the script for Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back, which was commissioned by BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor Alex Moody and the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen. Endemol Shine’s Zeppotron is producing, with Kate Daughton serving as the producer. Peter Holmes is the executive producer.
“This project couldn’t feel more relevant. Nigel Farage has had a huge part to play in the momentous political events of recent times, and everybody has an opinion of him”, said Zeppotron’s Managing Director Peter Holmes, who serves as an executive producer on Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back. “We hope we can create a lot of laughter while painting a portrait of such a divisive figure as he fills the empty hours of retirement.”