DIARY: From Big Yin to small fry: Vikings snub Scot during Goldfish shoot

Billy Connolly must be feeling reasonably pleased with himself at the moment, what with bagging a chunky Bob Hoskins-style advertising contract with British Gas for the next 18 months.

Billy Connolly must be feeling reasonably pleased with himself at the

moment, what with bagging a chunky Bob Hoskins-style advertising

contract with British Gas for the next 18 months.



However, the Scots comedian was recently brought down to size in no

uncertain terms.



Connolly was on location in Iceland filming the rather curious epic for

Simons Palmer’s commercial to launch the British Gas credit card,

Goldfish.



His presence was shrouded in secrecy in order to avoid unnecessary and

unwanted media attention, given that he is a relatively Big Noise in

Iceland (all Vikings together etc).



However, one day on the shoot it appeared his cover had been blown. ‘We

know you’re here,’ announced a triumphant Icelandic hack as he marched

on set.



Connolly’s cronies felt they might as well grant the journalist an

interview with their star and set off to prepare him in his trailer.



But they were stopped in their tracks, smartish. It wasn’t Billy that

the hack wanted. It was one of the technicians, a Swedish cameraman

called Sven Niqvist, who, apparently, is a slightly Bigger Noise in

Iceland than Connolly.



‘Sven is a national hero. He has six Oscar nominations, he’s done the

lighting on all Woody Allen’s films and he was big mates with Ingrid

Bergman,’ said our source. ‘Hardly anyone’s heard of Billy.’



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