Urban Myths: Waiting For Andre. Image shows from L to R: Samuel Beckett (David Threlfall), Andre Roussimoff (Liam Macdonald), Boris Roussimoff (Vincent Londez)

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2017
Channels
Sky Arts
Episodes
1
Stars
David Threlfall, Liam Macdonald, Vincent Londez, Madeleine Bowyer and Bob Cryer
Writer
Neil Forsyth
Directors
Ben Palmer and Andi Coldwell
Producers
Michael Livingstone, Tom Thostrup, Morwenna Gordon and Neil Forsyth
Companies

Twelve-year-old André isn't quite like the other kids at school. He stands over six feet tall and weighs just shy of 100kg. But he's determined not to let his gigantism hold him back. That said, fitting inside the school bus is physically impossible. As luck would have it, an affable Irish chap has just moved to their rural French village and André's father is building a new cottage for him. Upon seeing the boy's dilemma, this newcomer immediately offers to chauffeur André to and from school each day in his truck.

Over time, the pair strike up a wonderful friendship, shooting the breeze about life, love and, most importantly, cricket. The Irishman is already something of a raconteur - he is, after all Samuel Beckett, the acclaimed Waiting For Godot writer who would later win a Nobel Prize for literature.

And as for the young man, he would go on to achieve worldwide fame himself, embracing his brawny frame to become the legendary wrestler and actor André the Giant.

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Part of

Urban Myths

Also known as
  • Samuel Beckett And Andre The Giant (Promotional title.)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
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Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 26th January 2017 at 10pm on Sky Arts
Episode length
30 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 16th October 2021 at 3:00am on Sky Arts
  • Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 10:30pm on Sky Arts
  • Friday 6th November 2020 at 1:30am on Sky Arts

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