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In the world of sport, he is Mr Supercool. To Neil Morrissey, he is simply a god.

The smoothest commentator on the box pops up in the aptly-titled My Summer With Des.

And Desmond Lynam's appearance gave Men Behaving Badly star Morrissey the chance to work his sporting idol.

Neil appears alongside Gregory's Girl star John Gordon Sinclair in the BBC's comedy- drama.

They play a pair of football-daft pals who get swept up in football fever during Euro 96.

As lovelorn Martin, Neil gets to indulge in his love of the beautiful game and fall for the beautiful Rosie, played by Chain Reaction star Rachael Weisz.

Without a doubt, though, he says the highlight of My Summer With Des was working with Mr Lynam himself.

Neil laughed: "Desmond is so cool. He always comes up with the philosophical comment. He's the god of sport."

The BBC's man at the mike was also a hit with Rachael Weisz, who has played opposite heart- throbs such as Keanu Reeves and Vincent Perez.

A star-struck Rachael said: "Des has more charisma than practically any actor I've come across. He's got real movie star eyes and that slow- burn smouldering quality."

If that doesn't make My Summer With Des a winner, nothing will.

The one-off play was written by Arthur Smith and viewers can judge for themselves whether Gordon and Neil are game for a laugh.

Its cocktail of love and football results in fireworks for Neil's character Martin.

Neil said: "It's a part made in heaven - not much acting required. There's lots of football and lots of sex. Fantastic.

"Martin is one of life's losers and is dissatisfied with his life. He's unhappy with his job and is nursing a broken heart from six months earlier. Then Euro 96 comes along and he decides to jack in his job to watch the games because he just loves football."

Writer Arthur Smith is no stranger to football. He also penned the hit stage and TV play An Evening With Gary Lineker.

Smith said: "It crossed my mind that the brief magic and disappointment of Euro 96 was like a kind of fantastical summer romance."

Neil Morrissey and John Gordon Sinclair had such fun on set, they are already planning a re- match.

The duo want to make a six-part comedy, which promises to take them into a different league from Men Behaving Badly - the show that made Neil a star.

Plans for the sitcom, to be filmed by Morrissey's own production company, are still under wraps, but an insider said: "Neil and John will help write the show, which will be radically different from Men Behaving Badly."

Despite singing on Scotland's 1982 World Cup song I Have A Dream, Gordon shares none of Neil's passion for the beautiful game.

That didn't stop him playing for laughs with his co-star. The duo could hardly stand for giggling during a mock fight scene.

Gordon said: "We were laughing so hard, we just couldn't do it seriously."

Work on the lads' new comedy will have to wait until Gordon finishes filming Gregory's Two Girls, the sequel to his debut movie. Reunited with Bill Forsyth, who directed the original movie, Gordon has returned to his native Glasgow for filming.

This time around, though, there will be little football on show.

We'll just have to watch My Summer With Des to see if Gordon still has any silky skills with a ball.

MY SUMMER WITH DES, BBC1, Monday, 9.00pm
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Date:May 23, 1998
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