Meet David Walliams’ striking new lady friend in a special Little Britain sketch for Sport Relief

David Walliams (opens in new tab) is reviving Little Britain character Emily Howard for a Sport Relief sketch with former England footballer Peter Crouch (opens in new tab) and comedian Micky Flanagan (opens in new tab).

Britain's Got Talent (opens in new tab) judge David, 44, has a long association with Sport Relief. In 2006 he swam the English Channel. Two years later, it was the Strait of Gibraltar, when David swam from Spain to Morocco.

David Walliams, Micky Flanagan and Peter Crouch team up for Sport Relief

David, Micky and Peter team up for Sport Relief (Ian Tuttle/BBC/Sport Relief)

 

For Sport Relief 2012, he swam the length of the Thames.

Sport Relief 2016 will also see Idris Elba (opens in new tab) star as Luther in a one-off sketch which will reunite him with Ruth Wilson (opens in new tab). The acclaimed actor will wear his character’s famous overcoat to uncover a serious case of hilarity with Ruth, who plays nemesis Alice Morgan in the BBC One crime drama.

As super sleuth Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, Idris will also be joined by Sir Lenny Henry (opens in new tab), former England footballers Rio Ferdinand (opens in new tab) and Ian Wright (opens in new tab), boxer David Haye (opens in new tab), Olympians Denise Lewis (opens in new tab) and Louis Smith (opens in new tab) and actress Cecilia Noble (opens in new tab).

Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice as Frank and Betty Spencer in their famous roles for a one-off sketch for Sport Relief

Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice are back as Frank and Betty Spencer for Sport Relief (Gary Moyes/BBC)

 

Other highlights include Michael Crawford (opens in new tab), who has revived disaster-prone Frank Spencer alsongside Michele Dotrice (opens in new tab), who played Frank's long-suffering wife Betty for a special Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (opens in new tab) sketch.

Luther star Idris Elba will star in Sport Relief with Sir Lenny Henry

Luther star Idris Elba will appear in Sport Relief with special co-stars (BBC/Sport Relief)

 

The star-studded segments are part of a weekend of fundraising on the BBC.

The live extravaganza will be broadcast from London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday March 18, and presented by top names in sport and entertainment including Claudia Winkleman (opens in new tab), Alesha Dixon (opens in new tab) and Davina McCall (opens in new tab), with David Walliams also taking on presenting duties.

Viewers will be treated to live events from Lee Valley VeloPark and London Aquatics Centre throughout the night.

Take Me Out (opens in new tab)’s Paddy McGuinness (opens in new tab) and McFly’s Harry Judd (opens in new tab) will go head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular and Russell Kane (opens in new tab) and Will Young (opens in new tab) put on nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines.

Harry Judd training for Sport Relief

Harry Judd training for Sport Relief (Ian Tuttle/BBC/Sport Relief)

 

Comedians Jo Brand (opens in new tab) and Greg James (opens in new tab) will relive their outstanding fundraising challenges, while Eddie Izzard (opens in new tab) nears the climax of his epic 27-day marathon Man challenge in South Africa.

Brit Awards winner James Bay (opens in new tab) will perform the official Sport Relief 2016 single and there is also live music from Birdy (opens in new tab).

Singer James Bay

Singer James Bay (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

 

Powerful films will remind viewers why Sport Relief is appealing for money, as the charity works to change lives in the UK and around the world.



Sport Relief (opens in new tab) is broadcast on BBC1, Friday March 18, from 7.00pm. For more information and to donate, go to www.sportrelief.com (opens in new tab)

 

PA Media is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. With unrivalled access to the performers, productions and celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, PA Media stories provide an irresistible glimpse into showbiz news. Bringing you all of entertainment's big moments. From daily soaps to film productions, we cover the shows that audiences want to know about with our previews, news and interviews.