Fred Goodwin TV drama to avoid affair

Fred Goodwin. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Fred Goodwin. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A TELEVISION drama about disgraced banker Fred Goodwin will have to steer clear of one aspect of the story after the former RBS chief executive took out a privacy injunction to cover up an affair with a senior colleague.

The BBC Scotland film is based on a book by journalist Iain Martin and will be dramatised for TV by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, from Have I Got News for You, and comedy scriptwriter Nick Newman.

But they will have to be careful about mentioning the affair because an injunction is still in place barring the woman from being named.

Mr Newman said: “I can’t say at the moment whether the affair will be in it – we’re in the process of writing it. It’s very early days and we don’t fully know the legal situation.”

Mr Goodwin – known as Fed the Shred – was at the helm of RBS at the time of the banking crisis in 2008.

He had presided over the bank’s rapid rise to become one of the world’s largest companies, but came to symbolise the worst excesses of the bonus culture.

He quit his post and later lost his knighthood, which had been given for “services to banking” but still enjoys a sizeable pension.

RBS is said to be willing to co-operate with the BBC film to ensure factual accuracy.