Bob Servant. Image shows from L to R: Frank (Jonathan Watson), Bob Servant (Brian Cox). Copyright: BBC
Bob Servant

Bob Servant

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One Scotland / BBC Four
  • 2013 - 2014
  • 9 episodes (2 series)

TV series about a small-time Scottish businessman with a vastly inflated sense of his own importance and abilities. Stars Brian Cox, Jonathan Watson, Anita Vettesse, Daniela Nardini, Antony Strachan and more.

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Bob Servant. Image shows from L to R: Bob Servant (Brian Cox), Frank (Jonathan Watson). Copyright: BBC

Key details

2013 - 2014
BBC One Scotland, BBC Four
9 (2 series)
Brian Cox, Jonathan Watson, Anita Vettesse, Daniela Nardini, Antony Strachan, Alex Norton, Daniel Hird, Moray Hunter and more
Neil Forsyth
Annie Griffin and Simon Hynd
Owen Bell, Mark Freeland, Ewan Angus and Steven Canny

A TV series originated from the hit BBC Radio Scotland comedy The Bob Servant Emails, and the bestselling Bob Servant books.

The Scottish town of Broughty Ferry doesn't know what's hit it in Series 1. The sudden death of the sitting MP has resulted in a by-election that could change the political map of the UK. Bob Servant has been waiting his whole life for this level of attention and he's willing to do anything to keep it.

Bob sells himself as a man of the people but doesn't really like people. He also has absolutely no understanding of the political process and uses the by-election campaign as a heaven sent opportunity for self-promotion.

His campaign manager is Frank, Bob's long suffering best friend and neighbour, and their love-hate relationship is a central aspect of Bob Servant Independent.

As the series progresses, Bob has an increasingly fractious relationship with the favourite to win the seat, a slick professional politician called Nick Edwards. Bob also struggles to deal with Edwards' campaign manager (and wife), Philippa Edwards, a smart, no-nonsense woman, always two steps ahead of Frank.

Series 2: Having lost the election, Bob and Frank have thrown themselves into their first love - the burger van business.

Bob confidently predicts that his cheeseburgers will act as an aphrodisiac for the women of Broughty Ferry and matters of the heart soon lead our brave duo astray.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Bob Servant Independent (Series 1)
Camera set-up
Single camera

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at 10pm on BBC Four
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Broughty Ferry - Filmed on location

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