David Walliams is to return to BBC One with some familiar faces for new series, Walliams And Friend.
“I am thrilled to be working with some of Britain’s best loved comedians and actors.” – David Walliams on his BBC series
After pulling in six million viewers at Christmas with Joanna Lumley, David Walliams will be back on BBC One with a new friend each week, as Walliams & Friend returns this autumn.
Filmed on location and in front of a live studio audience, David will be joined each week by a different famous face playing a number of characters in a series of sketches. The friends are; comedian Harry Enfield, writer and comedian Meera Syal, comedian Jack Whitehall, star of stage and screen Sheridan Smith and award-winning actress Miranda Richardson.
The series will also feature a Christmas special with actor Hugh Bonneville joining David. The show also stars Morgana Robinson and Mike Wozniak.
“David is a master of the sketch show who has attracted a terrific array of A-list comedy stars to play with each week. The concepts and writing behind it are superbly crafted and the series promises fresh surprises every show.” – Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, BBC
David will also be seen shortly on Channel 4 (pictured) celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth in a 90 minute celebration of Dahl’s ten best-selling children’s books that climaxes with the nation voting on their favourite. The marvellous books in question include Dahl classics such as Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, Matilda the Twits and many more.
The programme sees stars like Stephen Spielberg, Julie Walters, Richard Curtis, Mackenzie Crook, Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Vegas, Jessica Hynes and Miriam Margolyes each championing their favourite Dahl book ahead of the public vote. There is also footage of Rik Mayall’s iconic reading of George’s Marvellous Medicine.
“You never feel like he was writing something as a contractual obligation. And then there are some incredible messages in his books. There’s that bit in The Witches, where the boy realises he’s going to stay a mouse, he’s not going to become a boy again, and so he’s not going to live for very long. And his grandma says – and I’m paraphrasing here – ‘It doesn’t matter how long you have, all that matters is that you’re loved, and you love.’ What an incredible thing to have in a children’s book” – David Walliams on the Channel 4 special