David Walliams records “I Love My Country” pilot as guest Natalie Cassidy reveals she kinda loves him!
This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here.
Last night, David Walliams finally recorded the official pilot for “I Love My Country”. If you were in the audience you were lucky, as getting a place was like hoping for a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. There were so many people cuing up for the event that the BBC had to turn people away.
Inside it was business as usual as show leader David Walliams and team captains Frank Skinner and Greg Davies were joined by Fatima Whitbread, Anton Dubeck, Natalie Cassidy, Jamelia and Ruby Turner. David and the two teams were on form, and the audience soon joined into the spirit of the show, which was good as they had an important part to play.
The audience was divided into two camps, both supporting a team that battled to win them a price (a free T.Shirt). It is a very interesting new format, more a game show then a panel show, despite media reports to the contrary. If the show goes into a series I hope they keep it as spontaneous as being semi live is what gives it it’s charm around the world…
As said before Natalie Cassidy was “doing this now”: helping David Walliams record his pilot and appears that the former Eastenders actress fell heavily under the funny Britain’s Got Talent judge’s spell while doing it. Turning to her Twitter after the recording she was stunned to see the comic write “Tonight Frank Skinner, Greg Davies and I recorded a pilot of ‘I Love My Country’. It was really funny but best of all I met Natalie Cassidy.”
She then told her fans online: “Just finished a pilot for the BBC.. It’s brilliant. Frank Skinner is a legend. And @davidwalliams is amazing. Top evening. #ilovemycountryit was ace. See David’s tweet? Whether genuine or just piss taking I’m happy! thrilled. Remember, if Greg or frank are ill/naughty/die then I’m davids next choice.”
Hmm, now if David wasn’t married, would you say … No, we don’t see it either.
Meanwhile good news: the audience loved it, and so did producer Spencer Millman who told David last night: “well done very happy,” and said this morning: “After watching last nights studio rushes all I can say is I am a lucky man to have been able to work with such amazing talent” he was also able to tell Natalie that David’s mention of being happy to meet her was “genuine”, so this bodes well for everyone!!
In other news, Mr. Walliams will carry the Olympic Torch this Friday. The Sport Relief Hero will take hold of the torch outside Islington Town Hall in Upper Street next Thursday and run with the flame from 8.25am as it heads into the City.
On Sunday the author whom finished his latest book and his autobiography this month Tweeted his congratulations to Bradley Wiggins: “Well done Bradley Wiggins. What a star. I did a cycling challenge in 2010 for Sport Relief and it was unutterably grueling. #chafing”