The Call Centre’s Nev Wilshire eyes Christmas number one

Yes, Save Britain Money's boss is releasing a charity track just in time for Christmas. Could Nev topple The X Factor winner’s single?

Nev Wilshire, star of BBC3’s ob-doc The Call Centre, is set to take on the music charts.


You remember Nev? The CEO of Swansea-based call centre Save Britain Money? He makes all of his new starters sing Mr Brightside to get the day going, isn’t afraid to organise a bit of speed dating if his staff are unhappy, loves a catchphrase and thinks he’s a bit like Napoleon. Yes, Nev Wilshire. 

Now, the very same Nev is releasing a charity single, just in time for Christmas.

He’s already got a management book under his belt. Is there no stopping the force of upbeat productivity that is Nev?

One track will be a delightful cover of The Killers track Mr Brightside. Of course.

Specifically, it will be called Mr Brightside C Sharp, in keeping with the instructions on how to sing the track that Nev bellows at his staff. In a nice encouraging way, like.

The other will be a special track based on one of Nev’s favourite sayings: ‘SWSWSWN’ meaning ‘Some will, some won’t, so what – next!’

Nev will be on vocals, with a little help from the Call Centre staff. Indeed, the staff band, The Dialists, will be providing the music.

Call Centre favourites Tea Lady Hayley and manager Twe will get a mention, as will Nev’s run in with Angela Rippon over the ethics of call centres on The One Show.

Music Wales are allowing Nev and the gang to record for free, meaning all proceeds can go to his chosen charity Tŷ Hafan, which offers comfort and support for life-limited children across Wales.

Nev tweeted the exciting news earlier today:

“I’m obviously excited about this one,” he confirms. “I have been a frustrated rock star my whole life so the chance to record a single is fantastic.”

The charity release will go on sale from 16 December, just in time to battle this year’s X Factor winner’s single.

Can Nev repeat Rage Against the Machine’s 2009 victory over The X Factor winner Joe McElderry?

Music Wales Director Paul Child certainly has high hopes: “I’m sure that it will be a great success. I’m looking forward to seeing Nev in the charts and who knows; maybe he could even be the next Tom Jones!”