Following his runaway success as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe, Alex Salmond is to play Benny Hill in a new film to be made about the comic’s life.

“Many of my supporters say that I’m funnier than Benny Hill,” said the former First Minister, “so it will be just like playing myself.”

Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson are both expected to be invited to have small parts in the film, appearing as Hill’s Angels.

“I’m so excited,” gushed Ms Davidson. “I can’t wait for filming to start.”

“Alex is a natural comedian and very ambitious, so this doesn’t surprise me,” said Nicola Sturgeon.

“When we worked together, he always came first, me second…or sometimes never at all!”

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