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Believe it!

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one.

Based on glimmers of truth, BELIEVE IT is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.

He 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, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery (not true). All the melodramatic staples of celebrity-autobiography are wonderfully undercut by Richard's deadpan delivery.

(The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference to his famous catchphrase.)

Richard is supported by a small core cast viz:

David Tennant

John Sessions

Lewis Macleod

Arabella Weir

And Jane Slavin

Who plays anyone and everyone!

Ghost written by Jon Canter

Produced by: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Why does Richard Wilson get drunk every 25 November? He reveals the naked truth.

Who play anyone and everyone!

Why does Richard Wilson get drunk every 25th November?

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Believe it!

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one.

Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.

He 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, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery (not true).

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

(The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference to his famous catchphrase.)

Richard is supported by a small core cast:

David Tennant

John Sessions

Lewis Macleod

Arabella Weir

and Jane Slavin

who play anyone and everyone!

Ghost written by Jon Canter

Produced by: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Did you know Sean Connery was offered the part of Victor Meldrew before Richard Wilson?

Episode 02 of 04

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Why does Richard Wilson sleep with a pair of miners' boots by the bed?

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one.

Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.

He 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, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery (not true).

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

(The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference to his famous catchphrase.)

Richard is supported by a small core cast viz

David Tennant

John Sessions

Lewis Macleod

Arabella Weir

and Jane Slavin

who play anyone and everyone!

Ghost written by Jon Canter

Produced by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography.

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Does power drive you mad? Richard Wilson knows. So do Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one.

Based on glimmers of truth, BELIEVE IT is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.

He 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, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery (not true). All the melodramatic staples of celebrity-autobiography are wonderfully undercut by Richard's deadpan delivery.

(The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference to his famous catchphrase.)

Richard is supported by a small core cast viz:

David Tennant

John Sessions

Lewis Macleod

Arabella Weir

And Jane Slavin

Who play anyone and everyone!

Ghost written by Jon Canter

Produced by: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Richard Wilson charts the extraordinary effect Victor Meldrew has had on his life.

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson discovers a secret relative he never knew he had.

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, BELIEVE IT is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Cast:

Richard Wilson....himself

Doug....David Tennant

Celia Imrie....herself

Suzy Baker....Samantha Spiro

Young Richard....tba

Egg Wilson....Lewis Mcleod

Teddy....Robert Portal

Mother....Arabella Weir

Auntie Rita....Jane Slavin

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, BELIEVE IT is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

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Richard Wilson explains the long lasting influence Ian McKellen has had on his life.

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

After a near-death experience, Richard decides to arrange his own fantasy funeral.

Jon Canter's "radiography" of Richard Wilson returns for a second series.

Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity autobiography of Richard Wilson.

He narrates the series with his characteristic dead-pan delivery, 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 McKellan (not true).

The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference his famous catchphrase.

Written by Jon Canter
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Recovering from a heart attack, what does Richard Wilson most need? A knighthood of course

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson. Believe what you like!

Richard was unwell last year. He had a heart attack. But now he's recovered and is fighting fit. With a new lease of life - he considers those things most likely to make him happy in the future. What's on his bucket list? Get a Knighthood of course!

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson. Believe what you like!

Richard was unwell last year. He had a heart attack. But now he's recovered and is fighting fit. With a new lease of life - he considers those things most likely to make him happy in the future. What's on his bucket list? Get a Knighthood of course!

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson realises it's no good being Mr Nice Guy. He's got to tell the truth.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson.

After a brush with death, Richard Wilson concludes that it's time to tell the truth. To everybody. He can't just be nice all the time. Sometimes you've got to tell it how it is.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

The third series of Jon Canter's not quite true autobiography of Richard Wilson.

After a brush with death, Richard Wilson concludes that it's time to tell the truth. To everybody. He can't just be nice all the time. Sometimes you've got to tell it how it is.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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After a recent brush with death, Richard Wilson considers the legacy he will leave behind.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

The third series of writer Jon Canter's version of Richard Wilson's autobiography. Will you believe any of it?

After a recent brush with death, Richard considers the legacy he will leave behind. So he ponders the best way to bequeath something to the next generation.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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After a recent brush with death, Richard Wilson considers the legacy he will leave behind.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

The third series of writer Jon Canter's version of Richard Wilson's autobiography. Will you believe any of it?

After a recent brush with death, Richard considers the legacy he will leave behind. So he ponders the best way to bequeath something to the next generation.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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The third series of writer Jon Canter's version of Richard Wilson's autobiography. Will you believe any of it?

After a recent brush with death, Richard considers the legacy he will leave behind. So he ponders the best way to bequeath something to the next generation.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

After a recent brush with death, Richard Wilson considers the legacy he will leave behind.

The third series of writer Jon Canter's version of Richard Wilson's autobiography. Will you believe any of it?

After a recent brush with death, Richard considers the legacy he will leave behind. So he ponders the best way to bequeath something to the next generation.

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson decides that it's time he became more Scottish. With Ian McKellan.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

In this episode, Richard decides that it's time he became more Scottish and calls on all his Scottish friends to do likewise.

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
Ian McKellan - himself
Anthony Sher - himself
Peter Capaldi - himself
David Tennant - himself
Arabella Weir - herself
Sheila/Deirdre/Scottish Lady - Lotte Rice
Nicola Sturgeon - Arabella Weir
Vincent/Drunk - David John

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson decides that it's time he became more Scottish. With Ian McKellen.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

In this episode, Richard decides that it's time he became more Scottish and calls on all his Scottish friends to do likewise.

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
Ian McKellen - himself
Anthony Sher - himself
Peter Capaldi - himself
David Tennant - himself
Arabella Weir - herself

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson decides that it's time he became more Scottish. With Ian McKellen.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

In this episode, Richard decides that it's time he became more Scottish and calls on all his Scottish friends to do likewise.

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
Ian McKellen - himself
Anthony Sher - himself
Peter Capaldi - himself
David Tennant - himself
Arabella Weir - herself

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

Richard Wilson decides that it's time he became more Scottish. With Ian McKellan.

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

In this episode, Richard decides that it's time he became more Scottish and calls on all his Scottish friends to do likewise.

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
Ian McKellan - himself
Anthony Sher - himself
Peter Capaldi - himself
David Tennant - himself
Arabella Weir - herself
Sheila/Deirdre/Scottish Lady - Lotte Rice
Nicola Sturgeon - Arabella Weir
Vincent/Drunk - David John

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard Wilson's radiography by Jon Canter. With Ian McKellen and David Tennant.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
Ian McKellen - himself
David Tennant - himself
Anthony Sher - himself
Miriam Margolyesi - herself
Kathy Clugston - herself
Aunt Hilda - Sandra Voe
Cashman - Elliot Levy
Angela Carey - Nesba Crenshaw

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Comedy. Jon Canter's not-quite-true autobiography of Richard Wilson.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

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Richard decides it really is time he went in search of true love.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

In this episode, Richard decides it really is time he went in search of true love - but where will he start? At his age?

Cast:
Richard Wilson - himself
David Tennant - himself
Ian McKellen - himself

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

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Richard decides to invite his friends to the meal of a lifetime.

Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth

A fourth series of Richard Wilson's Radiography in which writer Jon Canter delves into the true and not so true nooks and crannies of Richard's life and works.

Richard decides to invite his friends to the meal of a lifetime. But who will he choose? And will it be worth it

Produced and Directed by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.