Hugh Bonneville, Downton’s erstwhile Lord Grantham, has delivered a fabulously naughty impression of Lady Cora – in full drag and getting Elizabeth McGovern down to a tee.
In the sketch on Walliams & Friend on Tuesday night, Bonneville played “Cora, Countess of Grantham” fronting an advertisement for a product called Pot Banquet – a ready meal which comes in a variety of flavours (such as shredded fox) and which is served by pouring boiling champagne on it.
She was shown fronting the ad campaign because Downton has now closed its doors and she has more time on her hands.
The episode also featured another of Bonneville’s excellent impersonations – Alan Sugar ordering his apprentices to perform the most joyously ridiculously tasks.
Other sketches included his guide to dad dancing and an Australian stress reduction therapist called Guru Dave.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.