Steven Gerrard and José Mourinho star in the Sport Relief clip
James Corden has resurrected his Gavin And Stacey character, Smithy, in a new sketch for BBC’s Sport Relief.
His wise-cracking character, Essex lad Neil Smith, is introduced in the clip by Pelé, whom he refers to as ‘Peléla’. Smithy then goes on to make his pitch for the FIFA Presidency, with suggestions including covering all pitches with Astroturf and only allowing clubs to change their strips every ten years.
The clip also features cameos from Steven Gerrard, who features as Smithy’s browbeaten assistant, and Sir Geoff Hurst, one of his advisors.
Campaign manager José Mourinho makes a deadpan turn, comparing Smithy to Churchill, Mandela and Gandhi.
Corden recently paid tribute to BBC Three after it moved online last week (February 16). The new, online-only BBC Three will continue to offer original programming aimed at viewers aged between 16 and 34 through iPlayer and its new mobile platform, The Daily Drop.
To mark the channel’s final night on air, James Corden recorded a special tribute message in which he introduced an episode of Gavin & Stacey, the sitcom he co-created with Ruth Jones which launched on BBC Three in 2007.
“BBC Three has been a huge part of my life and career. It took a chance on me and Ruth Jones and this little show that we wrote,” Corden said from the set of The Late Late Show in Los Angeles. “For that chance, I and so many other writers and directors will always be grateful.”
“I wish BBC Three all the best of luck with your big move online. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be showing in the future,” Corden added. Watch his video message below.