David Walliams is coming back to BBC One later this month… and he’s bringing some friends. The Little Britain and X-Factor star is making a sketch show, which will see a different guest star appear each week.
The new show is called David Walliams & Friend, and sees the comedy writer team up with a disparate group of comedians and actors. Each week the 'friend' will change, so we'll get a unique double act each time.
Confirmed to join Walliams are sketch show legend Harry Enfield, comedian Jack Whitehall, another sketch show alumnus Meera Syal, actress Miranda Richardson, little-known Doctor Who assistant Sheridan Smith and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville.
Walliams is keen to point out that we shouldn't just expect a retread of his past work. He said: "The big thing for me was to be different from Little Britain. On that show, we didn't do historical sketches or spoofs. Little Britain had a very strong idea of its own identity. I didn't want Walliams & Friend to be like a spin-off of that. I wanted it to be very much its own thing."
Most successful sketch shows tend to comprise of the same actors - Mitchell and Webb, Armstrong and Miller, the Fast Show to name but three. So why have a different co-star each week? Walliams explains his thinking:
"It means the show can reinvent itself week to week. It feels very fresh and never gets boring. In other sketch shows, there are a lot of reasons why you end up doing the same characters every week. You need at least a hundred sketches for a series, and that's very hard. But if you're writing for specific people, you can constantly reinvent the show."
Look out for Walliams and Friend when it debuts on BBC One later this month.