James Nesbitt talks “poignant” guest appearance on Car S.O.S
James Nesbitt will make a guest-appearance in Thursday’s premiere of Car S.O.S.
The actor will join presenters Tim Shaw and Buzz Townshend in the episode, which sees the car of a family friend called Billy get a life-changing renovation.
Speaking about how he got involved with the show, Nesbitt said: “Billy’s brother, Ian, works in my facilities company in Northern Ireland. He contacted me and asked if I would get involved.
“I wasn’t initially sure what the format would be, but the moment I arrived on Saturday, I could sense this was something special. The car has undergone an extraordinary transformation from scrap to this absolutely stunning MGA.”
Billy’s story, which is explained in the episode, is an emotional rollercoaster. He originally planned to renovate the car with son John before John died two years ago.
Nesbitt said: “This is the second anniversary of the darkest time in Billy’s life. So there is an enormous amount of sensitivity today. As much as this is something that will give him a great lift, it’s also very poignant that he was going to restore this car with his son John. It’s a very, very human story.”
The resulting MGA is a sight to behold, and one that Nesbitt was nervous to try for the first time.
“I was nervous. But I thought, “If I’m going to crash a car, this is the time to do it. There are plenty of people from Car S.O.S here who could fix it!” Also, I passed my test in a Lada, and if you can drive a Lada, you can drive anything!