We’ve all had bad days at work, but we can’t imagine many of us have ever accidentally destroyed an original Banksy artwork worth £10m.
Christopher Walken, though, painted over a piece of art history in the final episode of BBC series The Outlaws.
Thankfully, though, it was fully intentional.
Anonymous street artist Banksy, who hails from Bristol, painted a rat with a can of spray paint with the words ‘Banksy’ written above it for the series, the show has said.
The six-part comedy-drama, which is co-created by Stephen Merchant, follows a group of misfits renovating a derelict community centre in Bristol, as part of community service for various crimes they have committed.
In the final episode, viewers saw Walken’s character Frank completing his community service painting away graffiti.
He asks his probation officer Diane (played by Jessica Gunning) if he should paint over the artwork, to which a distracted Diane explains that any graffiti must be painted over.
The series, and final sixth episode, then ends with Frank painting over the graffiti.
A spokesman for The Outlaws said: ‘We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over that artwork during the filming of this scene, ultimately destroying it.’
The Outlaws focuses on seven strangers completing their community service, all the while a dangerous gang threatens the peace.
Merchant leads the cast of the comedy as a lawyer who is coping with a messy divorce. He’s joined by Hollywood legend Walken, who plays the charismatic con-man Frank, who is attempting to reconnect with this family after leaving prison.
Killing Eve’s Darren Boyd stars as John, a businessman who isn’t at all happy with the situation he finds himself in. Elsewhere, former Eastenders actress Clare Perkins stars as Myrna, an ageing activist and campaigner.
The Outlaws is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.