Who should play Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond in TV drama?

The bitter row between the former political allies is set to be turned into a television drama.

The fallout between the current First Minister and her predecessor is set to be turned into a television drama.

Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond were firm allies for decades before harassment allegations against the latter destroyed their relationship.

Now it’s been reported that a TV production company has picked up the rights to the book Break-Up: How Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon Went to War.

Panellists on STV current affairs show Scotland Tonight revealed who they thought should play the political power duo.

Here’s what they had to say:

Journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch – Sids Babette Knudsen and Kim Bodnia

“I think this is going to be a bad idea, but since you push me, I would give it to the Danes because they have no axe to grind and produce some very good dramas.

 Sids Babette Knudsen and Kim Bodnia.

“I will be casting Sids Babette Knudsen, who played Borgen, which as we all know is Nicola Sturgeon’s favourite drama, and Kim Bodnia, who was in the Bridge and Killing Eve, and who actually could probably just about morph into Boris Johnson if needed.”

STV political editor Colin Mackay – Kate Dickie and Mike Myers

“First of all, I think the whole idea is probably really horrible for everybody involved in it, but I’ll give you my suggestions of who could play them.

“The one I thought was Mike Myers for Alex Salmond because he’s proved a couple of times in films that he can do a Scottish accent pretty well, and actually Spitting Image portrayed Alex Salmond as Shrek.

Mike Myers and Kate Dickie.

“In terms of Nicola Sturgeon, sticking with the green idea here because I saw her in Green Knight over the weekend, is Kate Dickie, who’s an actress from East Kilbride, and I think she’d be perfect for that role.”

Media consultant and former Labour adviser Catherine MacLeod – Brian Cox and Shirley Henderson

“I’ve seen more of Brian Cox than I have of Shirley Henderson and I thought that if he could play Logan Roy [in Succession] he could play Alex Salmond.

“Is it a psychodrama we’re talking about or a TV series? I cannot imagine what it’s going to be like.”

 Brian Cox and Shirley Henderson.
Brian Cox (centre) sits near Alex Salmond during the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.SNS Group
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