Sunday, 30 September 2012

Brian Cox: filiming "Bob Servant Independent"

The cameras were rolling in Milngavie earlier this week when stars of screen and stage descended on the town to shoot scenes for a new BBC comedy.
Bob Servant Independent will be shown on BBC4 at the beginning of next year and actors Brian Cox, Jonathan Watson and Siobhan Redmond were in town on Monday to film scenes for the show.

It was the second visit to Milngavie this year for the illustrious cast. Scenes for the first three episodes were shot in the town back in March. Now a further three episodes have been commissioned.

Bob Servant Independent, which stars Brian Cox in the title role, is about a pompous Dundonian businessman who is trying to become an MP for Broughty Ferry.

The character, created by Neil Forsyth, first appeared in the 2007 book ‘Delete This At Your Peril’. Most of the filming is done in Broughty Ferry, but on Monday the crew used Ashfield Medical Practice for a scene in a doctor’s surgery and Milngavie Primary School as a polling station for a local election. 

The show’s producer, Owen Bell, said: “Milngavie is a good double for us as it looks similar to Broughty Ferry. Filming is going well so far and it’s been fun.
“The last time we were in Milngavie everyone was very friendly so we thought we’d come back.”

Earlier this year the crew turned the former social work office in Stewart Street into an election headquarters to shoot scenes for the show. Popular precinct restaurant Cafe Alba also had a minor starring roll in the show - as producers asked them for a burger they could use as a prop.

Brian Cox (65) has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including Troy and The Bourne Identity.

Source: Milngavie & Bearsden Herald

Photograph Jamie Forbes, published on Friday 28 September 2012 

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