Brian Cox as Bob Servant

Bob Servant Says Cheerio – BBC Radio 4 festive specials

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Brian Cox returns as Dundee’s 3rd most successful cheeseburger van owner for a final radio series. 

After his astonishing career, it’s time for Bob Servant to retire. As befits this titan, BBC Radio 4 are inviting us to look back over his career is a festive two-part retrospective.

Brian Cox in Bob Servant Independent
Brian Cox in Bob Servant Independent

It promises to right wrongs, bear grudges and offer up to us what Bob has learnt about life, romance, Scotland, and running a genuinely profitable burger van.

Here’s what else to expect as Bob Servant Says Cheerio:

Whether he is providing advice on the best way to approach a funeral or compliment a woman, or negotiating a pardon from the Tayside Police for a litany of minor criminal charges; Bob’s delusion and determination never fail.

These qualities are unflinchingly demonstrated when urging his doctor to provide on-air confirmation of his physical attributes or – most importantly – persevering in his attempts to re-establish contact with Lulu who he met outside a petrol station in 1983 and with whom, in his words, he formed a ‘genuine lifelong connection’.

Created by Neil Forsyth (Gullt), Bob Servant has amassed a loyal following since his first BBC radio appearance in 2012. He then made the jump to television for two series.

Joining Brian Cox (Succession) the two specials feature Phyllis Logan, Greg McHugh, Rufus Jones and Jonathan Watson. Plus, we look forward to a climactic reunion between Bob and special guest star, Lulu.

Brian Cox

Brian Cox. Credit Oliver Bowring, Musicarta Media

Brian Cox said:

“To once again have the opportunity to play Bob Servant is a great thrill. There are a handful of roles which are coveted by all actors, and playing the third most successful cheeseburger van operator in Dundee is certainly one of them.”

Bob Servant Says Cheerio is produced by Lucy Armitage for Tannadice Pictures.

The first episode airs on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 27 December at 11:30am. The second follows on with a second episode the following Wednesday 3 January, 2024.