Comic Relief 2023: The Traitors fans in hysterics over Dawn French’s Claudia Winkleman spoof
Dawn French was unrecognisable (sort of) as Claudia Winkleman in BBC One’s parody of The Traitors for Comic Relief.
The Vicar of Dibley star donned Winkleman’s trademark black fringe for the sketch as well as one of the star’s giant roll-neck jumpers that gradually enveloped her whole face.
“I’m actually Claudia Winkleman: half woman, half fringe,” French tells the contestants.
“It feels like it’s time to have a discussion,” she continues. “And during that discussion I will be walking round this table incessantly saying creepy stuff and looking absolutely gorgeous.”
In one scene, French parts her fringe using a curtain pulley.
The “contestants” included Alison Hammond, who was just confirmed as Matt Lucas’s replacement on The Great British Bake Off, Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mary Berry, Stephen Merchant, Danny Dyer, Jennifer Saunders and two actual Traitors contestants from season one.
One of the hooded contestants is eventually revealed to be the real Claudia Winkleman, who accuses French of being the Traitor.
“You see, you don’t sound like me, you’re not as orange as me, and your wig is much, much better than mine,” she says.
Fans expressed their adoration for the segment on social media, calling it one of the “funniest things” they’ve seen on Comic Relief “in years”.
The Traitors sketch is one of the actual funniest things I’ve seen on comic relief in years 😭 #RedNoseDay pic.twitter.com/Xr152i1LHa
— sᴜᴘᴇʀ ᴛᴠ (@superTV247) March 17, 2023
“Can’t stop laughing. Dawn French pulls off a Claudia Winkleman fringe links no-one else. Absolutely brilliant,” one fan wrote.
Can’t stop laughing. Dawn French pulls of a Claudia Winkleman fringe links no-one else. Absolutely brilliant #thetraitors #thefringe #comicrelief pic.twitter.com/v0gVeo8bF8
— Linda (@buddiespal) March 17, 2023
“Comedy. Gold,” wrote another alongside a clip from the sketch.
Comedy. Gold. #TheTraitors #RedNoseDay pic.twitter.com/txT8hYAgu8
— Nathan Lomax-Fay (@NathanLomaxFay) March 17, 2023
Elsewhere in the Red Nose Day broadcast, Blackadder fans rejoiced over the return of Baldrick after 20 years.
The show’s producers also faced criticism for a sketch in which David Walliams joked about his role as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. The comedy actor was recently replaced on the show after a leaked recording heard him make sexual comments about a contestant in 2020.