In BBC comedy show’s finale A piece of art created by Banksy was painted over by Hollywood actor Christopher Walken in the final episode of the BBC The Outlaws. The Outlaws.
The six-part comedy-drama, which Stephen Merchant co-created with US producer and writer Elgin James, and also directed it, follows a group eccentrics who are renovating a decrepit community centre in Bristol, as part of community service to pay for the their crimes.
An anonymous street artist from Bristol created a rat with spray paint and wrote “Banksy” above it.
In the final episode, which was broadcast on BBC iPlayer on 10 November, viewers see the character of Walken, Frank, completing his community service by painting over graffiti.
Upon finding the artwork when he finds it, He asks his probationer, Diane (Jessica Gunning), if he should paint it over, to which a distracted Diane states that any graffiti has to be covered.
Frank paints over the graffiti in the last episode of the show.
A representative for The Outlaws said that they can confirm that the painting at The Outlaws at the end of their tour was a genuine Banksy and Christopher Walken hid it during filming, eventually destroying it.
Writer, actor and comedian Merchant is from Bristol, and he plays lawyer Greg in the show alongside teenage Rani (Rhianne Barreto) as well as socialite Gabby (Eleanor Tomlinson) as well as a young doorman Christian (Gamba Cole), right-wing businessman John (Darren Boyd) as well as radical activist Myrna (Clare Perkins) and conman Frank who is played by Walken.
A Banksy partially-shredded artwork was sold at auction in London this month for PS18.582,000. Sotheby’s auction house bought the work Love is in the Bin. The auction house cited the amount as a record price for the street artist.
It was initially named Girl With Balloon (Girl with Balloon) the painting became the news when it self-destructed following a previous auction, where it was auctioned for PS1.1m.
The canvas was then sifted through a hidden shredder which was hidden within the large frame. Only the bottom portion of the canvas was left unharmed and only one red balloon was left on the white background.
Love is in the Bin exceeded its price estimate that ranged from PS4m up to PS6m.
Girl With Balloon depicts a child reaching for a balloon of red in a heart-shaped shape. The stencil was carved onto an east London wall and was reprinted numerous times and has become one of Banksy’s most popular images.
The Outlaws is available on BBC iPlayer and the series will be available in the US on Amazon Prime in the new year.