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Robert Carlyle Shares ‘Begbie’ Spin-off Series Details

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Robert Carlyle, who famously starred as madman Begbie in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, has released details about an upcoming Begbie spin-off.

The Blade Artist will be a TV-adaptation of Welsh’s novel detailing the events that follow Trainspotting for Begbie.

In an interview with Sky News, the actor says that the spin-off series is still “a way off at the moment”, and may be “18 months or so maybe down the line”.

“It’s based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, The Blade Artist,” says Carlyle, “which kind of takes on Begbie’s story well after the whole Trainspotting events have passed by.”

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“He has discovered art while he’s in prison, his form of art is sculpture. And he ends up marrying his art therapist from the prison, which I guess, you know, that’s a kind of well-worn path that happens a lot.”

“I’ve investigated and studied that, that happens.”

“Following prison, Begbie has ended up in California, Carlyle adds. “He’s in California with a wife, children. His artwork has been taken by the kind of glitterati of the day. He’s a kind of cause celebre suddenly.”

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