Believe It! is the title of actor Richard Wilson's four-part radio series broadcast on Wednesdays on BBC Radio 4 from May 9, 2012 - May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am.
The series has Richard reading passages from his fictional autobiography, with bits of truth thrown in.
He also made a guest appearance in Richard's 2001 series High Stakes. The episode, entitled The Magic Word, never aired, but was included in the DVD of the series which was released in 2007.
David got the chance to interview his friend for the BBC 3 Radio series Chain Reaction in 2009.
The series is produced by Clive Brill as a Pacificus Production., Clive spent seven years producing drama for BBC radio and in 1990 he became head of Development for BBC TV Series. He formed Pacificus Productions and took on the "Shakespearean" task in 1996 of directing the entire Arkangel Shakespeare Series, in which David appears in nine plays.
In addition Clive has directed David in five other radio dramas The Order of Release, The Island, Murder in Samarkand, The Purple Land and the two part Afternoon Play series Stevenson in Love and in the staged reading of Edward III at The Globe.
Other Pacificus Productions David has appeared in include the Book of the Week readings of Robert Louis Stevenson's biography, the 2010 and 2011 Book at Bedtime series Night of the Vampire and Night of the Vampire 2, the radio plays A Quick Change, Love Virtually, and Every Seventh Wave, which was also directed by Clive.
Richard Wilson appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme Loose Ends with Clive Anderson on May 5, 2012:
RW: "David Tennant plays the young Richard Wilson."
CA: "Yes, naturally he's exactly as we image you to be when you were young" (laughing)
Richard also explained that the writer Jon Canter and Arabella Weir had been developing a TV show for Richard where he played Richard Wilson the actor but he was also a spy for MI-5 and that didn't work out so Jon pitched this idea to Clive Brill and he agreed to put it on radio.
From BBC Radio:
"Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one.
Based on glimmers of truth, BELIEVE IT is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing (and, most importantly, untrue) celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.
He narrates the series, weaving in and out of dramatised scenes from his fictional life-story. He plays a heavily exaggerated version of himself: a Scots actor and national treasure, unmarried, private, passionate about politics, theatre and Manchester United (all true), who's a confidant of the powerful and has survived childhood poverty, a drunken father, years of fruitless grind, too much success, monstrosity, addiction, charity work, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery (not true).
All the melodramatic staples of celebrity-autobiography are wonderfully undercut by Richard's deadpan delivery.
(The title - in case you hadn't spotted - is an unashamed reference to his famous catchphrase.*)"
*Richard is probably most well known for playing Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave for ten years, during the run he was always saying 'I Don't Believe It!'
EPISODE ONE - DRINK - MAY 9, 2012
You can listen to David as the young Richard getting a drink from Uncle Hamish:
EPISODE TWO - RIVALS - MAY 16, 2012
Did you know Sean Connery was offered the part of Victor Meldrew, before Richard Wilson?
In childhood Willy Thompson was his rival then later in life Sean became his rival, friend, or is that enemy?
Find out how a locket connects them all.
EPISODE THREE - BOOTS - MAY 23, 2012
We find out why it is that Richard just can't seem to shake a morbid symbol from his past - wee Smithy's miner's boots.
David, once again as young Richard, receives a dead man's boots:
EPISODE FOUR - POWER - MAY 30, 2012
Listen to David, as the young Richard, making car sounds and being mistaken for one of his sisters!