Actor/comedian Matt Lucas, star of hit TV shows such as Little Britain and Shooting Stars will be heading for the fast flowing water’s of the Thames at the weekend to play his part in this year’s Big Splash extravaganza for the BBC.
The Big Splash is a charitable event aimed at raising awareness throughout the UK of the pleasures and benefits of swimming- for which Lucas said his aim was to make ‘a very big splash indeed’....Event organisers are said to be delighted....’whether it be jumping off the top board at your local indoor baths or being pushed off London Bridge by an irate licence fee payer....everybody agrees, nobody could make a bigger splash than Lucas’ was how one of the stewards saw it.
Lucas is following in the footsteps of co-host David Walliams who has already backed the BBC sponsored charity by swimming both the Channel and Gibraltar Strait.
For his latest venture Walliams aims to swim the length of the Thames from Lechlade to London in just 8 days....but Lucas, who rather disparagingly said he would be more impressed by Walliams if the swim had been from London to Lechlade- is planning something even more demanding.
On 3rd September Lucas will be lowered into the Thames using hydraulic lifting gear at a point just north of New Charlton and will straddle the river for the next 10 days.
Lucas will then spend his time on the river repelling flood tides and rising water levels unaided, using just his bare hands, his ample girth and not inconsiderable bottom to hold back the waters.
Although ostensibly Lucas main aim is to raise money for charity it means the Environment Agency will take advantage of the opportunity to carry out much needed repairs to the nearby Thames Barrier – a huge task, but one that the portly comedian is more than able to meet.
The Thames Barrier has been designed to hold back 1m cubic litres of water per day before releasing it under controlled conditions back into the river at low tide, which experts say should hold no fears for Lucas who is estimated to hold more back than that in his bladder alone.....although they can’t guarantee he always has the same control when emptying.
There is no doubt Lucas will raise awareness of the Big Splash for the BBC but what Londoners are fearing most is what else will he be raising. Many have already left the capital and panic buying of sandbags has left hardware stores struggling to cope with demand.
‘No...this won’t be another Hurricane Irene’ said a spokesperson from the EA ‘ it’s not even in the same league...we’re expecting this disaster to be really fucking serious’
Comedian set to make big splash
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