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Trainspotting’s Begbie is getting a TV spin off

Trainspotting’s Begbie is getting a TV spin off
Everyone who saw Trainspotting in the 90s still remembers Begbie, the psycho played so well by Robert Carlyle (and reprised for the sequel movie T2: Trainspotting.) Begbie and co originally appeared in the writing of Irvine Welsh, and in 2016 he focused entirely on Begbie in a book called the Blade Artist. This latter work might now be coming to our TV screens.
 
Robert Carlyle spoke to NME and explained “Irvine and myself have been chatting quite a lot recently with a couple of excellent producers in London about [it]… As you know there was another book called The Blade Artist which is just entirely about Begbie and his mad story. It’s still in its early moments but it’s looking pretty good that this will happen eventually.”
 
“I think we’re thinking about doing it as six one-hour ‘television event piece’, as they say nowadays,” Carlyle said. “Whatever that means. But it seemed to me to be right to look at it like that, and Irvine loved that idea. It’s such a massive story – it’s all Los Angeles back and forth to Edinburgh – and it’s difficult to do all that in an hour and a half! Especially if you want to keep the basis of that book pure. I think nowadays people like the event thing too – they like ‘six hours of this… bang.’ They can boxset it. They can binge it. So after a few chats we thought that’s the way forward. So that’s the plan. Sometime in the next year and a bit we’ll hopefully be talking again and we’ll be talking about the return of Begbie.”

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