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David Walliams: I need a partner in crime

David Walliams has revealed he doesn’t like working alone.

The TV funnyman will be starring in BBC One’s Agatha Christie drama adaptation Partners In Crime with Jessica Raine, of Call The Midwife fame. He is also an executive producer on the show.

David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tuppence and Tommy Beresford in Partners In Crime

David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tuppence and Tommy Beresford (Laurence Cendrowicz/Endor Productions/BBC)


The Little Britain star, who is a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent alongside Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, told the Radio Times he’s more of a collaborator when it comes to work, saying: “I don’t particularly like working on my own.

“I’m not a stand-up comedian, but I’ve worked with people who are great stand-ups, and you quickly realise that they’re extremely self-sufficient – they don’t really need you to be funny.”

Set across six episodes, Partners In Crime will see the adventures of Christie’s characters Tommy and Tuppence Beresford come to life.


Talking about playing Tuppence, Jessica – who previously criticised the amount of violence towards female characters in crime dramas – said: “It’s become a top priority for me to try only to accept parts where the woman is three-dimensional.

“It’s easy to talk about ‘strong female characters’, but it’s not about being strong, it’s about being real, and with Tuppence, it was about being someone who is confident, front-footed, nosey and witty.”

Partners In Crime premieres on BBC One on Sunday, July 26.