'Little Britain' returning to TV with new sketch for 'The Big Night In'

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David Walliams and Matt Lucas pose as characters Lou and Andy at HMV on Oxford Street during their launch of the Little Britain Live DVD on November 13, 2006 in London.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
David Walliams and Matt Lucas pose as characters Lou and Andy at HMV on Oxford Street during their launch of the Little Britain Live DVD on November 13, 2006 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

David Walliams and Matt Lucas are bringing back Little Britain to TV for the first time in over a decade as the pair have signed up for charity event The Big Night In.

The comedians will be performing a brand new sketch with the BBC stating that details of the new material "will remain under wraps until the live show".

Although it's their first time back on the box for a while, Walliams and Lucas revived the comedy for a Brexit special on Radio 4 in 2019.

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The event, which sees Comic Relief and Children in Need join forces for the first time, is due to air on BBC One on Thursday 23 April. Money raised will be split between the two charities to provide support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams pose during the Brexit Comedy Show by Radio 4 at Shaw Theatre on October 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Matt Lucas and David Walliams pose during the Brexit Comedy Show by Radio 4 at Shaw Theatre on October 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The evening will include live music performances from artists performing in their own homes, giveaways and other star appearances.

The Little Britain series started off on the radio before moving to TV in 2003. Although it was a hit, the show has come under fire for their controversial characters due to the use of stereotypes and blackface.

Lucas has been open about the potential for a revival but recently shared that some characters would not be brought back so the show can “reflect how we all are now”.

Catherine Tate appears as her comedy character 'Lauren' at a portrait shoot to promote her new television series on October 16, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Catherine Tate appears as her comedy character 'Lauren' at a portrait shoot to promote her new television series on October 16, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Other celebrities confirmed to be taking part in the Big Night In event include Catherine Tate, who will be reprising her schoolgirls character Lauren, while Gary Barlow will be making an appearance from home.

Peter Kay will also be making a return to TV for the first time in two years following on from the final episodes of Car Share in 2018. He also brought back the comedy for a radio special earlier in the month.

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