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Beckham comes to Peckham: the best celebrity Comic Relief sketches
21 January 2014 03:40 PM
It’s been ten long years, but David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst are back as the comedy duo Del Boy and Rodney for a Comic Relief Only Fools and Horses special – and they’re being joined by none other than David Beckham.
It’s not the first time the footballer has appeared in a Comic Relief sketch. Back in 2001, Ali G (also known as Sacha Baron Cohen), interviewed David Beckham and wife Victoria. The couple were praised for taking part as Ali G made filthy comments about their sex life, and asked cheeky questions such as: "Do you want him [son Brooklyn] to grow up and be a footballer like his dad, or a singer like...Mariah Carey?"
Another famous Comic Relief was the 2011 star-studded sketch which saw James Corden starring as the Gavin and Stacey favourite “Smithy” recruiting celebrities from Keira Knightley and Rupert Grint to JLS, George Michael and Gordon Brown, amongst many others, in the hope of saving Comic Relief. Proving to be incredibly popular, the show broke its 23-year fund-raising total.
Dawn French and the cast of The Vicar of Dibley brought a hilarious sketch to Comic Relief in 2009, in which Johnny Depp paid a trip to Dibley and made a very good impression on the Vicar, so much so that they partied the night away. All ended well despite Madonna leaving behind her bra.
2009 was also privileged enough to see Matt Lucas and David Walliams reprising roles from their Little Britain comedy show with a special appearance from Robbie Williams. Audiences loved seeing Take That heartthrob adopt a dress and school-girl bunches.
2007 saw Catherine Tate, or Lauren ‘Am-I-bovvered’ Cooper, finding herself in work experience for Tony Blair. Despite marvelling at the extensive portraits of previous Prime Ministers and interrupting what looked to be a very important phone call, Blair had an ace up his sleeve.
The 2003 Comic Relief French and Saunders spoof of the famous Harry Potter series was adored by Potter fans. It included Ronnie Corbett playing the giant Hagrid, and an appearance from Basil Brush.
Back in 1994, Rowan Atkinson reprised his role as Mr Bean to join Cilla Black. The episode saw Mr Bean competing to win the heart of a female contestant in Blind Date.