He may be enjoying huge success across the pond, but James Corden clearly hasn’t forgotten where he came from, as he’s about to reprise his character from ‘Gavin And Stacey’ for a new comedy sketch.
As part of this year’s Sport Relief, James will be donning his tracksuit top once again to play Smithy, in a new scene that will see him pitch himself as the new president of FIFA.
In his faux campaign video, he recalls iconic moments from football history, stating: “I want to go back to a simpler time. Bobby Moore swapping shirts with Pele, Gazza and Vinnie messing about on the pitch, classic!
“Becks pinging in that free kick against Greece, Sir Geoff Hurst winning us the World Cup in '66. These are the times I can take us back to. Vote Smithy for FIFA president.”
James has even managed to rope in football royalty for the clip, with Pelé joining him, alongside José Mourinho and Sir Geoff Hurst.
But Smithy isn’t the only British comedy character getting a revival as part of this year’s Sport Relief.
After almost 40 years, Michael Crawford is dusting off his beret to play the hapless but loveable Frank Spencer, in a new sketch that will see him joined by Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins for a caper which promises to be one of the more memorable moments of this year’s celebrations.
The Smithy skit is now available to stream exclusively on the BBC iPlayer.