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Richard Wilson
Believe It!

Believe It!

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2012 - 2022
  • 23 episodes (6 series)

Richard Wilson narrates his autobiography. However not all of his bizarre and revealing stories are actually true. Also features David Tennant, Ian McKellen, Peter Capaldi, Antony Sher, John Sessions and more.

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Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2012 - 2022
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
23 (6 series)
Stars
Richard Wilson, David Tennant, Ian McKellen, Peter Capaldi, Antony Sher, John Sessions, Lewis Macleod, Arabella Weir and Jane Slavin
Writer
Jon Canter
Director
Clive Brill
Producer
Clive Brill
Companies

Based on 'glimmers of truth', Believe It! is the 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), who'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 and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery and Ian McKellen (not true).

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

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Production
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

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