News

August 2017

I have written a one hour drama for the BBC about Morecambe and Wise from the point of view of their writer Eddie Braben. There is a little more information here and here. We are shooting in October, to be broadcast on BBC4 over Xmas. I have written another SKY Urban Myth which will also be shot in October, for broadcast I think in December, but all details to come on that one.

Dundee United are wisely biding their time a few places off the top of the Scottish Championship before unleashing the full, terrfiying power of their promotion bid.

January 2017

Urban Myths: Samuel Beckett And Andre The Giant.

SKY Playhouses

My SKY Playhouse, Waiting For Andre, will be broadcast on Thursday January 26th at 10pm on SKY Arts. It stars David Threlfall as Samuel Beckett, Liam Macdonald as Andre The Giant, Vincent Londez as Andre’s Dad and was directed by Ben Palmer. We’re very proud of it and the performances are fantastic. You can read more about the show here -

https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/urban_myths_samuel_beckett/

And an early review here – http://observer.com/2017/01/urban-myths-recap-samuel-beckett-andre-the-giant/

Unfortunately, as you might have seen, my other SKY Playhouse, Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon will now not be shown by SKY at this time. I’m sure it will find another home in the future.

April 2016

My SKY Playhouse is shot and will be broadcast at some point over the summer. I’m really proud of it, it was brilliantly directed by Ben Palmer, and look forward to people seeing it. My US pilot script Good People is written, and hopefully there will be more news on that soon. I’m writing pilot scripts for Channel 4 and the BBC. The Channel 4 script is a period comedy and the BBC show is set in Scotland.

The film adaptation of Other People’s Money remains in development (as ever).

Dundee United are confidently closing in on relegation.

January 2016

I’m writing Good People, my US pilot script for TV Land and DreamWorks Television, and am developing new ideas with Channel 4 and the BBC. My SKY Playhouse is shot and will be broadcast in Feb/March. It’s called Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon and stars Brian Cox, Stockard Channing and Joseph Fiennes. You can read a bit more on it here – http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/sky-preps-michael-jackson-roadtrip-drama/5098366.article

Dundee United are bottom of the league.

November 2015

Thanks to all who came along to the various Ask Bob events, especially the London couple who flew up to the Glasgow event and the two Coventry lads who came to Broughty Ferry for a booze-drenched Bob Servant Weekend. The last Ask Bob event for now is in London:

Saturday November 7th 9pm at  Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, Crouch End, LONDON

The Bob Servant Experience at the Chortle Comedy Book Festival, with Neil Forsyth, Jonathan Watson, Alex Norton and Sally Kinghorn (and a cameo!). Tickets available now at www.comedybookfest.com

October 2015

Ask Bob Release Dates and Events:

Thursday October 8th

Ask Bob – Your Guide to A Magnificent Life is released. A nation rejoices.

Friday October 9th – 1pm-2pm Waterstones, Argyll Street, GLASGOW

Ask Bob book signing with Neil Forsyth and Jonathan Watson

Friday October 9th – 8pm, Oran Mor, GLASGOW.

ASK BOB LIVE with Neil Forsyth, Jonathan Watson, Anita Vettesse and Andy Clark. Tickets available through www.seetickets.com/tour/bob-servant

Saturday October 10th– 2.30pm-3.30pm Waterstones, Commercial Street, DUNDEE

Ask Bob book signing with Neil Forsyth and Jonathan Watson

Saturday October 10th – 7.30pm, Gardyne Theatre, DUNDEE

ASK BOB LIVE with Neil Forsyth, Jonathan Watson, Anita Vettesse and Daniel Hird. LAST TICKETS available through www.seetickets.com/tour/bob-servant

Thursday, October 15th – 6.30pm, LONDON

Ask Bob London Launch Party – email bob@bobservant.com to attend, subject “London Launch”

Saturday November 7th- 9pm – Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, Crouch End, LONDON

The Bob Servant Experience at the Chortle Comedy Book Festival, with Neil Forsyth, Jonathan Watson, Alex Norton and Sally Kinghorn. Tickets available from next week at www.comedybookfest.com

September 2015

I’m writing a new American pilot script, for a show I sold with Dreamworks to a cable network. It’s an ensemble comedy called Good People. The SKY Playhouse one-off I’ve written is shooting in October and I’m developing a new comedy with the BBC which is a single camera family show.

The new Bob Servant book – Ask Bob – Your Guide to a Wonderful Life – is out on October 8th with Random House and I’m doing two live shows in Scotland around the release, in Glasgow on October 9th and Dundee on October 10th. More details – http://askbob.seetickets.com/tour/bob-servant

Sadly there won’t be any more of the Bob Servant TV show. It would have been nice to have done a final three episodes, and it looked like that was going to be the case, but unfortunately it couldn’t be pulled together. I’m very proud of the two series we made, and glad that I wrote the last series to a bit of a finish in case this happened. Now we must step aside and allow through the new wave of Broughty Ferry-based sitcoms.

June 2015

New Bob book and theatre date news! Ask Bob – Your Guide to a Wonderful Life will be published by Random House/BBC Books in October. You can read more about it and even pre-order (for a laugh more than anything) right here -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ask-Bob-Your-Guide-Wonderful/dp/1785940139/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433489004&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=neil+forsyth+ask+bob+bob+servant

And to celebrate the book’s release I’ll be doing two Scottish theatre dates with Jonathan Watson and others. Tickets are on sale now for -

Friday October 9th, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Saturday October 10th, Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Tickets available here – http://askbob.seetickets.com/tour/bob-servant

We’re hoping to add a London date soon. More information on all Bob stuff at www.bobservant.com

May 2015

I’ve written a film adaptation of Other People’s Money, my book about the Scottish fraudster Elliot Castro. It’s for Crabtree Films and has Scottish director Brian Kelly attached. We’re tentatively moving towards production but a long way to go as ever.

http://www.screendaily.com/news/brian-kelly-to-direct-fraudster-drama/5075691.article

And Bob Servant won the Royal Television Society Award for Comedy. A fun night on Scotland’s troubled West Coast.

April 2015

I’m writing a SKY Playhouse one-off called Road Trip. More details soon, it’s my imagining of something that maybe, but probably didn’t happen. The Production Company is Little Rock Pictures and they’re also developing my novel Let Them Come Through for TV.

March 2015

The first series of Bob Servant is now on Netflix. Hopefully the second series will join it at some point. Though that shouldn’t in any way dissuade you from buying a DVD of the first series. They’re great things to have around the house and provide a real boost to general morale.

February 2015

Bob Servant has gone out on BBC1 Scotland and BBC4 and we’re delighted with the response. Lots of lovely reviews, great viewing figures and an entirely manageable level of boo boyery.

I continue to develop a show with NBC. It’s a comedy based around the US Ambassador to the UK and his family and I’m writing a second episode of it now.

October 2014

I’m very excited to have sold shows to CBS and NBC in the US. I’m writing the pilots now. More details on the NBC one soon, but I’m co-writing the CBS script with Sharon Horgan. More details on that one – http://tinyurl.com/l9a62rf

Bob Servant (note the sensational dropping of ‘Independent’ from the first series) will be transmitted soon. We’ve been bumped up to BBC1 in Scotland and will again go out on BBC4 UK wide. Hopefully firm dates will be released soon, but it should be seen before Xmas.

“Ask Bob” is now in the Scottish Sun on Sunday every week.

Dundee United are top of the league.

June 2014

My novel’s out in paperwork. Yes, that’s me on the cover. http://tinyurl.com/q3bhryt

Series 2 of Bob Servant is wrapped, we had a great time in beautiful Broughty Ferry. There are behind the scenes photos at www.facebook.com/bobservantindependent the show will go out in Autumn 2014 on BBC4 and BBC2 Scotland.

The first series has been nominated for a Royal Television Society of Scotland Award. My money’s on Limmy.

I’m developing shows in the UK and US, hopefully one of them will become real soon.

February 2014

Bob Servant returning to TV

I’m delighted to confirm that Bob and Frank will be back on TV this year. We’re shooting a second series (this time called just Bob Servant) in Scotland in May and it will go out sometime in the Autumn, again on BBC4 and BBC2 Scotland. It’s been a bit of a wait, largely because having a brilliant Hollywood star as your lead actor can make timetables tricky, but we’re all looking forward to it.

I’ve pretty much written the episodes. Bob and Frank have recovered from the trauma of the by-election and we find them back to reality. Bob’s version of reality, of course, is somewhat unique. It’s a more thoughtful Bob and a more ambitious Frank, but their ambition remains undimmed.

Once again, Bob Servant has proven that if you knock him down, then he’ll just lie on the ground for ages until you think he’s dead, and then very slowly get back up. I’d like to dedicate this second series to the memory of the recently demolished Derby Street multis in Dundee. They’re in Heaven now, offering accommodation for the Angels. You can see the demolition here (Not Safe For Work).

Derby Street Demolition

If you feel it’s the kind of thing you would like to do, you can buy the first series DVD here.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bob-Servant-Independent-DVD-Brian/dp/B00AZ10TTQ

And read about how the show first came about in The Guardian…

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/jan/15/bob-servant-independent-don-Dundee

November 2013

Bob Servant Independent has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. It’s currently being repeated on BBC2 Scotland on Sunday evenings at 10pm.

September 2013

I’m developing a show in the US for ABC, working with Amblin TV (DreamWorks), Universal Television and the amazing Jon Pollack (30 Rock, Community and many others). You can read more details here.

I’m also developing a new show here with the BBC and Objective Productions and am recording a Radio 4 pilot in a few months.

There will be a special one-off Bob Servant event in Dundee in December. Details here.

To mark the Bob Servant events in Edinburgh and Dundee here’s an exclusive, Fifty Shades of Bob Servant.


June 2013

I’ll be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Friday August 16th. I’ll be interviewed by Brian Taylor, the BBC Scotland Political Editor, then Jonathan Watson (wee Frank) and others will be performing some of the Bob Servant Emails. More info and tickets (they on sale Friday 28th June at 8.30am) https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/neil-forsyth-2 

You can download the 2012 Bob Servant event at the Edinburgh Book Festival through ITunes for free here

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/2012-edinburgh-international/id558533986

Bob Servant news soon. In the meantime all the episodes are on YouTube (though please don’t tell anyone). Sorry, I mean please feel free to buy the DVD through www.bobservant.com. I’m developing a couple of other TV projects, hopefully some news soon on them also, also there’s going to be a one off Bob Servant live event in Dundee in December, tickets available in a few weeks.

In the meantime, here’s that WI pirates story again – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-22381593


March 2013

Watch me quash the George Galloway whispers on the Daily Politics show here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21276548 

I’m appearing at Aye Write, the Glasgow Book Festival on April 13th. Details here but please note Jonathan Watson is in a play and can’t make it, there’s a subbie lined up.

However, Jonathan will be with me for this. The Bob Servant Independent DVD is out (on Amazon here) and on Saturday March 16th, myself and Jonathan Watson will be appearing and signing Bob Servant books and the newly released DVD of Bob Servant Independent at:

11am                     Perth Waterstones, PH1 5UX

12.30pm               Dundee Waterstones, DD1 3DG

3pm                       St. Andrews Waterstones, KY16 9NX

4.30pm                 Eduardo Alessandro Gallery, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2BJ


February 2013

I’m deliriously excited to have written a guest Oor Wullie strip for the Sunday Post. For a Dundonian writer it doesn’t get much bigger. You can see the strip here. Click Here For Wullie

Elliot Castro film news is, fingers crossed, slowly approaching. I have a new sitcom with the BBC at early development stage, I’m working on a couple of other tentative projects and San Carlos will be released on mass market paperback in June 2014.

I’m delighted with the response to Bob Servant Independent. The DVD is now available for pre-order, you can find out more on that here.


January 2013

Bob Servant Independent has begun! See photos from the set, reviews and clips herehttp://www.bobservant.com/tv.html

I wrote a piece for the Guardian on the rather long and confusing development process and a piece for the BBC Writer’s Room on adapting it for TV.

BOB SERVANT INDEPENDENT TRANSMISSION DATES

Bob Servant Independent starts on BBC4 on Wednesday 23rd January at 10pm. It will be repeated on Friday evenings on BBC2 Scotland at 10pm. Full transmission dates –

Episode 1 – “Launch Day”

Wednesday January 23rd              BBC4 10pm

Friday January 25th                        BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

Episode 2 – “A Local Man”

Wednesday January 30th               BBC4 10pm

Friday February 1st                          BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

Episode 3 – “Women and God”

Wednesday February 6th              BBC4 10pm

Friday February 8th                       BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

Episode 4 – “The Media”

Wednesday February 13th            BBC4 10pm

Friday February 15th                      BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

Episode 5 – “The Debate”

Wednesday February 20th            BBC4 10pm

Friday February 22nd                     BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

Episode 6 – “Election Day”

Wednesday February 27th            BBC4 10pm

Friday February 29th                     BBC2 Scotland (Sky Channel 970) 10pm

You can watch a trailer here -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2PDLXpEhwg

And the programme page for Bob Servant Independent is here and meet the characters here.  


December 2012

Read Bob Servant’s Christmas Message and the last ever ‘Ask Bob’ in the List Magazine here.

There’s a preview screening of Bob Servant Independent in Dundee’s Gardyne Theatre on Thursday January 10th. Tickets are free and available from www.dundeeboxoffice.co.uk. Transmission dates for Bob Servant Independent will be confirmed in early January.

The radio series The Bob Servant Emails will be repeated weekly on BBC Radio Scotland from Friday January 11th at 1.45pm.


November 2012

We’ve finished shooting Bob Servant Independent. Six episodes to be transmitted on BBC4 in early 2013, more details at . Bob’s certainly excited. He’s now on twitter @bobservant.
There will be a Bob Servant event in Broughty Ferry on the evening of Friday December 7th – details here and buy tickets here. I’m also doing a couple of Christmas signings of the Bob books.

  • East Kilbride WaterstonesFriday 7th December 1.30-2.30pm
  • Dundee Waterstones Saturday 8th December 12pm – 1pm

San Carlos will be released in mass market paperback in Spring 2013. Other People’s Moneyfilm development is back on track, more details to follow soon, and I am developing a new sitcom with the BBC, it’s at pilot stage just now.


July 2012

The Bob Servant Emails BBC Radio 4 show can now be downloaded from Amazon.

My new novel San Carlos is out now. You can read more at the Books Page. Some kind reviews and I think the book looks brilliant.

We are filming more Bob Servant Independent in Scotland in September and the series will be broadcast on BBC4 sometime over the Winter, I’ll know in the next few weeks and update here. The first block of filming went very well and, as suspected, Broughty Ferry looks exactly like Miami on the screen. As well as Brian Cox and Jonathan Watson, we have had some brilliant actors involved including Shirley Henderson, Sanjeev Kohli, Greg McHugh, Rufus Jones, Pollyanna McIntosh, Derek Riddell and some of Dundee Rep’s ensemble.

Other People’s Money is now firmly back in film development, more details to follow on that also.

And I’m doing the Edinburgh Book Festival on Wednesday August 13th. Details here.


March 2012

BBC Radio 4’s The Bob Servant Emails is now available for download. It can be purchased through iTunes either as a series or as individual episodes. And it’s available through Audible as a series here.


February 2012

I’m delighted to confirm that Bob Servant is heading for TV as a BBC4 sitcom. Filming has started in Scotland and the series will be transmitted sometime around late 2012/early 2013. See www.bobservant.com for more information.


January 2012

I have now handed in my second novel, San Carlos, which will be released by Random House in June. I will be updating the Books page soon with more information and it can be pre-ordered through Amazon. But in (very) short it’s a thriller set in Ibiza in 1989.

Other than that I’m working with the BBC on a TV project and separately on a tentative film project. Other People’s Money remains in the very early stages of film development.


December 2011

I’m currently in the last stages of my second novel San Carlos, writing scripts for the BBC and helping flog Bob Servant to a bewildered British public. Read Bob’s Xmas message on the Foyle’s website. Some more extracts in the Sun and also from the Sun, Bob’s guide to Dundee. Merry Christmas.


November 2011

Why Me? The Very Important Emails of Bob Servant is out now. The Scotsman says that Bob “has attained national treasure status”. He would undoubtedly agree with that. Read some extracts in the Guardian and the Independent, where the readers’ comments show a real groundswell of support for my work.


September 2011

Why Me? The Very Important Emails of Bob Servant will be released around the first week of November. It’s the third Bob Servant book so that’s the trilogy. A Dundonian Lord of the Rings, as it will inevitably be called. You can read more about the book and pre-order through www.bobservant.com

Thanks for your emails on my BBC Radio 4 series The Bob Servant Emails. It will be available for download in October 2011 and I hope to have news on a second series soon.

Delete At Your Peril – The Bob Servant Emails and Why Me? The Very Important Emails of Bob Servant are both being recorded as Audio Books by AudioGo. Release planned for January 2012.

I have now finished my second novel which will be released by Random House in early summer 2012. More news later in the year.


August 2011

Had a great time at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. My remaining book festival appearances this year are Moray, Nairn, Airdrie and Kilmarnock. Full details on www.bobservant.com

An update on Other People’s Money. After many adventures it is still very much in development as a feature film and we hope there will be more information soon. Elliot Castro is working in Glasgow as a DJ and advising various companies on fraud prevention.