‘Sherlock’s’ Martin Freeman Does ‘Star Wars’ Skit for BBC’s Children in Need

Martin Freeman, channeling his inner Jedi Master. (Photo: BBC)
Martin Freeman, channeling his inner Jedi Master. (Photo: BBC)
Martin Freeman, channeling his inner Jedi Master. (Photo: BBC)

One of the best things about Fall is the return of the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon, which generally features celebrity appeals, comedy sketches and musical performances, all in the name of raising money for a good cause.

The UK tends to do these sort of specials fairly often see also: the annual Red Nose Day and Sport Relief events. Thankfully, they usually turn out pretty great, and this year appears to be no exception.

Sherlock star Martin Freeman appeared in what was probably the evening’s best bit – a Star Wars-themed sketch in which Warwick Davis, with assistance from robotic friends C3PO and R2-D2 was charged with locating the film’s biggest fan in order to trigger the first Children in Need totalizer of the night. (This means they get to push a big button that reveals how much money has be raised so far, so it’s actually pretty cool, if you ask me.) 

Freeman is only one of several contestants that Davis and friends met along the way, but his Yoda impersonation is hilariously on point. (As is the Tom Daley-connected bit I’m not going to spoil here.) Other famous faces who show up to compete for the superfan title include Lord Sugar, Great British Bake-Off hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, actor Stephen Merchant and more.

(But sadly, they all get upstaged in the end by that adorable new BB-8 robot from upcoming film The Force Awakens.)

Watch for yourselves:


(Part of me thinks if Freeman's Jedi powers can do all that, he probably should have won - even if that Millennium Falcon cake was amazing.)

This year’s Children in Need broadcast raised a record-breaking £37 million pounds to change the lives of disabled children and young people in the UK.

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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