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Walliams & Friend

Walliams & Friend

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC One
  • 2015 - 2017
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

Sketch show starring David Walliams, with special guest stars. Also features Morgana Robinson, Mike Wozniak, Ashley Gilmour, Mikel Sylvanus, Emmanuel Kojo and Jason Lewis

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Pilot, Episode 0 - Joanna Lumley

Walliams & Friend. Image shows from L to R: David Walliams, Joanna Lumley
David Walliams stars in this sketch spectacular alongside very special guest Joanna Lumley. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the show also features comedic talent from Morgana Robinson and Mike Wozniak.

Preview clips

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 24th December 2015
Time
10:05pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
40 minutes
Recorded
  • Saturday 19th September 2015 at The London Studios

Cast & crew

Cast
David Walliams Various
Morgana Robinson Ensemble Actor
Mike Wozniak Ensemble Actor
Guest cast
Joanna Lumley Various
James Greene Ensemble Actor
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Ensemble Actor
Matthew Earley Ensemble Actor
Colin Hoult Ensemble Actor
Amy Jayne Ensemble Actor
Elizabeth Counsell Ensemble Actor
Joivan Wade Ensemble Actor
Percelle Ascott Ensemble Actor
Dee Kartier Ensemble Actor
Writing team
David Walliams Writer
Andrew Dawson (as Dawson Bros) Writer
Steve Dawson (as Dawson Bros) Writer
Tim Inman (as Dawson Bros) Writer
Kevin Cecil Script Editor
Madeleine Brettingham Writer (Additional Material)
Jason Hazeley Writer (Additional Material)
George Jeffrie Writer (Additional Material)
Joel Morris Writer (Additional Material)
Bert Tyler-Moore Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Sarah Fraser Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Jo Sargent Executive Producer
Gavin Buckley Editor
Richard Drew Production Designer
David Arnold Composer

Videos

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood get saucy

David Walliams and Joanna Lumley ramp up the innuendo between the Bake Off judges.

Featuring: Joanna Lumley, David Walliams & Mike Wozniak.

Finishing each other's sentences

A married couple are having some relationship issues...

Featuring: Joanna Lumley.

Press

We know who Walliams is, appearing in this new sketch show, but who's the friend? That'll be Joanna Lumley, who radiates such professionalism - whether playing herself, leading a troupe of Lumley-decoys, or a Hollywood-besotted Mary Berry ("A woman of my age knows her way around an eclair, Paul"; "I master-bake thinking of you") - she tosses armfuls of pixie-glitter into every crevice. Highlights include a rude tanning salon, a boy band with an incongruous member, and Walliams's unique take on Oscar Wilde.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 24th December 2015

Walliams And Friend review

Overall the show is an effective one-off that will surely lead to David Walliams being paired up with more friends in the future.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 24th December 2015

Here's one that will make you feel really old: it's 10 years since the final series of Little Britain aired on BBC One. The show that made David Walliams a bona-fide star served as a launchpad for a career that has seen him take on a judging role on Britain's Got Talent, undertake jaw-dropping charity work (his Thames swim remains a crowning glory), and become a successful children's author.

Now he's going back to his comedy roots with a one-off Christmas TV special. Titled Walliams & Friend, it sees the comedian return to the type of sketches that helped make his name - and his 'friend' is a very special guest indeed. It is, of course, the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley, who remains a brilliant comedic presence.

By its very nature sketch comedy is hit-or-miss, but Walliams & Friend is thankfully more of the former - from a hilariously terrible gameshow contestant played by Walliams, to a meeting between Joanna Lumley and her own personal team of, erm, other Joanna Lumleys.

And then there's the Bake Off sketch - you'll never look at Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in the same way ever again.

The 40-minute special is daft fun - and likely to be even funnier after a few Christmas Eve sherries. Here's hoping for more Walliams & Friend episodes in the future with a different guest star each time.

Ben Travis, Evening Standard, 24th December 2015

Review: Walliams & Friend, BBC1

It's about time David Walliams got round to doing some proper comedy.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 24th December 2015

Review - Walliams and Friends: five things we learned

nlikely double act David Walliams and Joanna Lumley coin a new catchphrase and soil the Bake Off forever.

Isobel Mohan, The Telegraph, 24th December 2015

Walliams & Friend preview

For me Walliams & Friend mixes the best of David Walliams' comic abilities, the impressions from Rock Profile shine through in the Bake Off sketch, his clever writing shines through in so many of the sketches.

I Talk Telly, 23rd December 2015

The friend of the title is Joanna Lumley, as David Walliams accesses his inner Two Ronnies to generally profitable effect. There's a product-placement skit worthy of Ronnies Barker and Corbett, as well as Oscar Wilde as a lewd northern comedian, a team of Joanna Lumley lookalikes, a Bake Off pastiche and much, much more. Better than you might expect.

Gerard Gilbert, The Independent, 21st December 2015

Radio Times review

The "Friend" is Joanna Lumley, who accompanies David Walliams through an inevitably uneven, but more-winners-than-losers sketch show. There's a disturbing pastiche of The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood (Walliams, alarming with hedgehog hair) and Mary Berry (Lumley) unable to conceal their lust for one another.

In what feels like an updating of Ronnie Barker's classic Mispronunciation Sketch, Walliams is a party guest who invented autocorrect, and he drags up to play a passive-aggressive, glowing orange tanning salon receptionist. But maybe you'll prefer his Oscar Wilde, or the businessman dad who gives his little daughter a bedtime story in bullet points.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 16th December 2015

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