Scots actor Greg McHugh: Gary Tank Commander won't be back.. for now
Greg McHugh says writing the hit show on his own is draining and now he's taking a break from it as his acting career takes off in other directions.
Gary: Tank Commander creator Greg McHugh is putting his hit comedy
creation back on civvy street – because his acting career has taken off
like a rocket.
Three months after the end of the gaffe-prone
squaddie’s third campaign, the show’s writer and star has admitted there
are no plans for any more military manoeuvres.
actor said: “There are no plans from me or the BBC for another series of
Gary at this stage. I’d say it was unlikely.
“I’m busy with Fresh
Meat and the possibility of working with other companies. And I am keen
to explore other people’s work and writing for a while.
“When you’re writing a series like Gary by yourself, you write for three-quarters of the year. It’s draining.”
Greg has been making waves in Channel 4 hit Fresh Meat and offbeat BBC4 comedy Bob Servant Independent, which stars Brian Cox.
He’ll also be on screens this spring in a new Channel 4 comedy drama.
Fresh Meat has won praise from Friends producer Jeff Greenstein after
being shown on US station Hulu. While it’s all good news for the
32-year-old, it’s bad news for fans of his daft soldier.
admitted that poor treatment at the hands of BBC3 bosses – who
grudgingly aired Gary in late-night double bills – holed his high hopes
for the show.
Greg said: “If we had done what Mrs Brown’s Boys has
done and we were taking over the world, maybe I’d have more enthusiasm
“If you don’t break through, your motivation is going to dip.
still love Gary and have enjoyed writing for it. I don’t think you can
ever do everything you want to, but I have made it known that I’d like
to do a Christmas special. That’s up to the powers that be.”
Greg will take part in a masterclass with two of his Fresh Meat
co-stars at Glasgow’s GFT for the city’s film festival next Friday.
Bob Servant Independent is on BBC2 tonight at 10pm and on BBC4 on Wednesday at 10pm.
Source (including photos): Daily Record