4 x 30 minute episodes
MPEG-2 Layer 3
Will Smith Presents: The Tao Of Bergerac
Sketch show based around comedian Will Smith's obsession with 1980s detective series Bergerac
BBC Radio 4
4 (1 series)
Will Smith, John Nettles and Dan Tetsell
Will Smith and Roger Drew
Comedian Will Smith is obsessed with 1980s detective series Bergerac, so uses an audio book of its star, to navigate the minefield of his life.
Smith has one guiding force in his life - an audio book of John Nettles reading the ancient Chinese text of the Tao. He has always used this tape to illuminate problems in his life, to find a way through when the road seems blocked.
Now Will brings the Tao of Bergerac to you, as each week he navigates the minefields of love, justice, individuality and machismo with the help of some special guests from his favourite TV show.
But Will is easily sidetracked into revealing the true subject of the series: the obsessions and insecurities of Will Smith. He finds refuge from an unappreciative society in his fierce dedication to a TV show that is the bedrock of the simpler days of his Jersey childhood.
Each programme features a special guest starring cameo from John Nettles and climaxes with Will's tour-de-force: Six Degrees of Bergerac - linking the show to any audience-suggested film in six steps or less.
First broadcast: Wednesday 1st August 2007
Will wonders why asking for extra homework, middle earth role playing and going to the sixth form ball dressed as Gandalf made him 'uncool' at school.
First broadcast: Wednesday 8th August 2007
The Tao tells Will that he should be himself. But how can he be, when he has always been derided for such acts of individuality as being a member of the Jersey Cat Club? And wearing the rosette to school just made things worse.
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th August 2007
Will explores his bad luck with romance. Is it wrong to dump a woman because she doesn't alphabetise her CDs?
First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd August 2007
Will wonders how he can defend his machismo when he is scared of his builders... and his studio guest, drunk stunt man Dirk Fall.