The controversial stand-up lost his head after agreeing to appear in fellow comic Greg Hemphill’s new horror Long Night at Blackstone.
Boyle puts on a deadpan performance as a mystery guest on phoney paranormal activity TV show Ghost Haunt Live in BBC Scotland’s new “black comedy.”
The cast and crew in the horror comedy get more than they bargained for when they visit a run-down mansion to make the show’s last episode.
The supernatural spine-tingler takes a turn for the worst for presenters Faye Bowers and Pat Tomorrow, played by Lorraine McIntosh and John Gordon Sinclair, when they see Boyle’s severed head land in front of them.
At first it appears as if Boyle is providing light relief in the drama after arriving on set and meeting producer Dominique, who quizzes him on why has agreed to appear in Ghost Haunt Live.
“It’s just a thought I had,” Boyle responds. “I thought I had enough money to pay my tax this year, but I didn’t.” Asked if he believes in the supernatural, he quips: “Not really. I thought it would be fun to come on and debunk it all on air.” Asked to avoid swearing or discussing politics, Boyle said: “No worries, I’ll try not to say anything too offensive on your show about murder victims contacting us from hell.”
It is no laughing matter for Boyle, Bowers and Tomorrow when the tables are turned on the trickery deployed on the show by the laird of Blackstone Manor (John Michie).
Confronted by a cloaked figure in a corridor, Boyle tries to joke his way out of a tight corner, saying: “Alright mate, four years at drama school for this, eh? I bet these ***** have got you on a zero-hours contract.”
Boyle was approached with the offer of a role in Long Night at Blackstone after the comic depicted a recovering alcohol in the short film Gasping, which was Hemphill’s directorial debut.
Hemphill said: “It’s a bit tricky when you’re asking someone to play themselves as they often want to know if they are the joke or will be made fun of. Frankie doesn’t care about any of that stuff.
“We just said to him ‘we’re going to do this and cut your head off on TV’. He just started cackling and said ‘that sounds like really good fun. Where I do sign?’ His cynical take on the world was perfect.”