Driving a hard bargain

Brydon's six-figure book deal

Rob Brydon has landed a six-figure book deal involving his lovelorn chauffeur Keith Barret.

The character has endured beyond the critically acclaimed TV series Marion and Geoff, with a live ‘lecture’ tour and a chat show on the way.

And now Brydon is writing Keith's self-help  guide to Making Divorce Work with co-author Paul Duddridge, who also happens to be his agent.

Duddridge said: "The Keith Barret character has done a video diary on marriage, then he got picked up by a promoter and did a lecture tour of the UK and the book is in the same spirit.

"It is Keith's advice on making your divorce work but it is not just divorce, it is any kind of failed relationships. It is typically inappropriate Keith advice – how to befriend your wife's new boyfriend and things like that.”

The book will be released in October. In the meantime, The Keith Barret show airs on BBC2 from July 5; check our free tickets page for details of the recording.

Brydon is also taking the character to Edinburgh for a full Fringe run.

Published: 26 May 2004

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