Matt Smith And James Corden Team Up For ‘Lizzie And The Duke’

Former Doctor Matt Smith has reunited with two-time Doctor Who guest star James Corden to provide their own take on the American buddy cop genre – with a regal twist…

A spoof trailer for the mock cop series Lizzie and the Duke – billed as ‘when monarchy meets anarchy’ – aired as part of a recent edition of CBS chatshow The Late Late Show with James Corden. Inspired by Smith’s role as Prince Philip in the first two series of Netflix’s The Crown, the sketch sees him step into the royal’s shoes once again, this time to tackle crime on the streets of modern-day Los Angeles.

The Duke may be a ‘lone wolf’, but all that changes as tough-talking police chief McDaniels – played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews – decides it’s time to assign him a new partner in the form of Queen Elizabeth (Late Late Show host Corden). Despite their initial reluctance the crime-fighting, crown-sporting duo soon get to work, complete with a good cop, bad cop routine that brings new meaning to the phrase ‘one lump or two’, but ultimately the pair’s unorthodox methods have consequences for them both…

Lizzie and the Duke marks the first time that Corden and Smith have acted together since the former’s Doctor Who guest appearances as Craig Owens in The Lodger (Series 5, 2010) and Closing Time (Series 7, 2013). With their characters forming a quirky comic partnership on screen, both actors have since also struck up a firm friendship away from the show, with Smith guesting on Corden’s Sky One sports panel show A League of Their Own as well as attending the chat show host’s wedding in 2012.

In addition to the spoof trailer, Smith’s recent Late Late Show appearance – on an edition also featuring guests Vanessa Hudgens and Ariana Grande – also involved a more conventional interview with host Corden, during which he delivered his verdict on the variety of Eleventh Doctor tattoos sported by some of Doctor Who‘s more dedicated fans:

This year Matt Smith stars in the films Mapplethorpe, a biopic about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and the pandemic horror Patient Zero. Upcoming projects include the role of cult leader Charles Manson in Charlie Says, political thriller Official Secrets alongside Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes, and supernatural drama His House. With all of this on the way, a full series of Lizzie and the Duke may just have to wait!

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