Kevin Bishop will play Nigel Farage in a new BBC2 comedy

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Bishop says Farage is “a gift to parody”

Comedian Kevin Bishop will play Nigel Farage in an upcoming comedy show set to air on BBC2.

Bishop is best known for The Kevin Bishop Show, which saw the comedian and actor impersonate a range of celebrities including Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and Bob Geldof.

According to a statement, the 30 minute fly-on-the-wall documentary spoof will combine pieces to camera with footage following “the day-to-day reality of being Nigel Farage”. It’s titled Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back.

The producers went on to explain: “On the 23rd June, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Then, on the 4th July, Nigel Farage, the man who had made it all possible, resigned saying he wanted his life back. But what sort of life has he gone back to, and how does a man forever in the spotlight fill his days now he has nothing to do?”

They continued, “Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back sees ‘public Nigel’, the colourful character that the country has come to know and love/hate. Straight-talking, unencumbered by political correctness, a jovial source of seemingly eternal banter, usually delivered through a haze of cigarette smoke over a few cheeky pints of beer.”

“The programme also looks at private ‘Nigel’, the man behind the façade, at home, eating bangers and mash watching Pointless and insisting that he doesn’t miss the limelight, that he’s much happier out of politics and that he never wanted to be Prime Minister anyway,” they explained.

Kevin Bishop said that he is “delighted” to be playing a character “as colourful as Farage.” He continued, “he’s a gift to parody and I’m looking forward to bringing previously unseen aspects of his life to the screen.”

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