David Walliams will front new BBC1 Saturday night TV show and reveals Royal Variety Performance nerves

by Lisa McGarry

After he revealed the pregnancy of his wife Lara Stone last night, we’re happy to report more good news for David Walliams.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, along with Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan have been told their TV show “I Love My Country” is going ahead, following a successful pilot earlier this year. The series will run for 8 weeks on BBC1.

Skinner and Flanagan will attempt to lead their teams of celebrities to victory by answering David’s questions about Great Britain, on subjects including history, sports and music. The show will also feature live music from a house band, fronted by popstar Jamelia.

“I Love My Country is a funny, boisterous and shamelessly competitive celebration of the UK,” said Alan Tyler, BBC executive editor of entertainment commissioning.

I Love My Country (a Talpa product, created by John de Mol) has already been sold to Belgium, France, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Italy, as well as countries in the Middle East, China and Nigeria.

Meanwhile David’s books Camp David and Ratburger have both been shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards Academy 2012, you can actually vote for the books here.

On Monday David will host the 100th Royal Variety performance. He has shared with his fans on Twitter that he is very nervous about it writing:

“One week until I host the Royal Variety Performance at the Albert Hall infront of the Queen. #poopingpantsalready”

A fan asked:

“What scares you most about about the Royal Variety presenting? :)”

David joked: “Remembering not to say bollocks in front of the Queen.”

This Wednesday night he co-hosted a British Fashion Council party with GQ editor Dylan Jones at millionaire Nick Candy’s house, we’re guessing he was practising not swearing in front of posh folk.

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the busy dad to be in the flesh, before the little one is born, you’re in luck. David has some signings coming up for his books Camp David and Ratburger:

WHSmith Cribbs Causeway in Bristol on Fri 30th Nov @ 6pm
Waterstones in Yeovil on Sat 1st Dec @ 12.30pm.
Bristol WHSmith on Nov 30th @ 6pm & Yeovil Waterstones on Dec 1st @ 12:30pm.
And Harrods on the morning of Dec 8th

This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!


Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!