Kevin Bishop stars as Nigel Farage in a new one-off BBC comedy.
The 30-minute mockumentary will see the controversial politician try to ‘get his life back’ after resigning as UKIP leader. Aside from Kevin Bishop in the titular role, the cast also includes TVO regular Tony Way.
The BBC said: “On the 23rd June, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Then, on the 4th July, Nigel Farage, the man who had made it all possible, resigned saying he wanted his life back. But what sort of life has he gone back to, and how does a man forever in the spotlight fill his days now he has nothing to do?”
Kevin Bishop added: “I’m delighted to be playing a character as colourful as Farage. He’s a gift to parody and I’m looking forward to bringing previously unseen aspects of his life to the screen.”
Kevin is no stranger to impersonations, having performed plenty in Star Stories and The Kevin Bishop Show in the past, and he gave us an uncanny John Bishop on the most recent series of Murder In Successville.
He recently revealed the rather ‘method acting’ way in which he managed to master Farage’s voice: “At first the producers told me, ‘Your voice just isn’t croaky enough.’ Then I realised that his croakiness comes from the fact that he smokes so much. So I started smoking 30 fags a day, and I soon developed the ‘Nigel Rasp’.”
Here’s a trailer for the show:
And here’s a clip of ‘Nigel’ at home watching Pointless:
Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back airs on BBC Two at 10pm on Sunday 30th October.