Duncan Bannatyne's life to be made into musical
The life story of Duncan Bannatyne is to be given the musical treatment by award-winning director Gordon McDougall.
Based on his autobiography Anyone Can Do It, the unauthorised account will follow his time in the Navy, from which he as dishonourably discharged for attempting to throw an officer overboard, to the creation of his business empire.
Speaking to the Sun about the new two-hour show, which is set to premiere in Somerset in November, McDougall said: "He's been quite open about his life so I don't see a need to hide anything."
As the production will be held in Shepton Mallet, the town here Bannatyne bought his first hotel, the director is optimistic he might come along to a performance.
"He's a significant figure in the area, hopefully he'll come to see it."
McDougall has twice been nominated as best director by London critics and has had his works produced as far away as Canada and the Far East.
By Jemma Howard