Succession and Hearts: Tynecastle’s club embraces Hollywood touch


From left to right, Cammy Devlin, Beni Baningime and Stephen Kingsley wear the Succession inspired shirts. Photo: Sandy Young /

There’s also American actress Grace Kelly who shows up at Tannadice, home of the aforementioned Dundee United, to watch AS Monaco play a Uefa Cup match in 1981.

And then, about 50 minutes into the penultimate episode of the final series of the multi-award-winning show Succession, a frowning conversation takes place.

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It’s already been a little baffling that a series previously shot in New York, the Hamptons and a superyacht in the Aegean Sea has relocated to Dundee. The equivalent would have been a prime-time 1980s soap opera series. Dynasty suddenly upping sticks to Forfar for an episode.

Figures walk past the Magdalen Yard Bandstand overlooking the Tay on their way to a private party at the V&A Museum to celebrate Dundonian media mogul Logan Roy’s half-century in the business.

Her son, played by Kieran Culkin, approaches her with news of a giveaway to mark the occasion.

Roman Roy: “I – we – bought you a present. We bought the Hearts.

LR: “Football club hearts?

RR: “Because they are the Hearts. It’s your team.

RR: “Are you Hibs? Really? 2

RR: “Are you sure? I thought you were Hearts, I’m pretty sure of that, dad … “

LR: “You know, you might be right. How would I know which team I’ve supported all my fucking life? I mean, maybe I support Kilmarnock? Or f * cklechester Rangers. I mean, how do I know if possible?

The result is that in addition to being at the head of a bloated conglomerate comprising print media, theme parks and cruise ships, Logan Roy is the unwitting owner of a team that is rising high in the Scottish Premiership. , which could be news for the current owners – several thousand Hearts supporters. But they and Ann Budge, the former owner and still current president, seem to be taking it in a good mood, having agreed to throw an afternoon where the club is truly in the hands of a selfish and tyrannical owner – it seems to you. familiar?

It is generally assumed that Roy is loosely based on Rupert Murdoch rather than a former submariner called Vladimir Romanov, but the similarities are obvious, and perhaps the fall could be just as sudden and severe. Season three of Succession premiered last night on the streaming service Now. Everything will be revealed.

In the meantime, Hearts is enjoying – some would even say, milking – their contact with movie stardom, even if they appear to be the butt of a joke. After all, it’s his Hibs rivals that Logan Roy supports, despite having the character and actor playing him, the incomparable Brian Cox, originally from Dundee.

It appears that writers including Peep Show‘s Jesse Armstrong, concluded that entering Dundee / Dundee United territory was just too confusing for a global audience, hence the switch to the more generic Edinburgh club names, which are then summarily mixed into a comic effect.

Hearts are big enough to see the funny side too, hence last week’s event where players donned specially designed, now highly desirable Hearts shirts, with Waystar Royco taking the place – for one afternoon only. – from the MND Scotland charity, slightly more heart-warming real-life sponsors.

The players took advantage of the novelty of being extras in a drama where the punchline doesn’t involve them being relegated, unlike the BBC Scotland docuseries, Inside hearts, which aired last year.

John Souttar, Ben Woodburn, Stephen Kingsley and Beni Baningime modeled the Succession– inspired shirts while the home canoe also bore the Waystar Royco logo. “This partnership is a world first – the first time that the front of the jersey of a major professional football team has been sponsored by a shell company,” the press release said.

Manager Robbie Neilson is a true fan of the series, although he would need to employ one of the vast stables of Succession screenwriters. “Just like the Roy children of Succession, we are a club which fights for the only place at the top ”, he would have declared in the aforementioned press newspaper. “Unlike the Roys, we know we can only do this by working together.”

Australian midfielder Cameron Devlin has decided to thoroughly investigate the program. Meanwhile, he hasn’t reported any similar Hearts-Hibs confusion halfway around the world, where he says his family and loved ones have no problem understanding the difference between the two teams.

“I think I made it pretty clear that I’m at Hearts, I tried to explain to them!” he says.

“It’s something else that grabbed me… just the real seriousness of the rivalry.” Obviously, being involved on the bench for this game (derby), a crowd like that is something else that I have never seen. Sadly, he (Logan Roy) might be a Hibs fan, but no, everyone back home certainly knows I’m a Hearts player.

The exclusive Succession-Inspired shirts he and others wore are apparently being offered to industry ‘influencers’ as part of the promotional efforts of a new series that hardly needs to be pushed given its praise so far. here from criticism. Fans can also enter a contest to win one of these exclusive tops via the club’s official Twitter page to raise money for MND Scotland.

Hearts won’t wear them in this weekend’s ‘Royco derby’ when they host Dundee, Cox’s cousin Bobby, who won the Scottish Championship in 1962.

Hearts are currently looking to emulate an even more historic feat – their last Scottish league success dates back to 1960.

After Saturday’s last minute equalizer against leader Rangers, there is no reason why such a dream could not come true. For now, the club’s last big honor remains in the script of a Hollywood hit series.


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