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Matt Lucas And David Walliams Are Bringing Back ‘Little Britain’ – But With A Twist

Matt Lucas And David Walliams Are Bringing Back ‘Little Britain’ – But With A Twist

It's been a little while since Little Britain was last on our screens - 12 years to be precise.

But now the comedy skit show - fronted by Matt Lucas and David Walliams - is making a comeback...well, at least in radio form.

Focusing around the biggest issue in the country right now (you guessed it, Brexit), the comedy duo will be working together again for the first time since 2011, broadcasting a one off episode on BBC Radio 4 this Halloween.

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Many of the much loved characters will be voiced on the radio show - which was recorded last night live in London - from Lucas' Dafydd Thomas, the "only gay in the village", to everyone's favourite duo Lou and Andy to Vicky Pollard.

Little Britain is back in radio form (Credit: BBC)
Little Britain is back in radio form (Credit: BBC)

Emily Howard, Marjorie Dawes and Mr Mann will also be making a comeback.

The two comedians will be joined by original cast members, Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones and Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Anthony Head.

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Plus narration will be conducted by Doctor Who's Tom Baker once again.

Little Britain first begun as a radio show on the BBC channel, where it aired for two years before moving to TV screens in 2003.

It ran for three incredibly successful series, being watched by over nine and a half million people at its most popular.

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Sioned Wiliam, commissioning editor for Radio 4 comedy, said: "Matt Lucas and David Walliams are uniquely talented writers and performers as well as one of the UK's most loved comedy duos.

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"It's a privilege to have them back on Radio 4, where Little Britain first began almost 20 years ago."

The show is sure to divide opinion, as even comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas have conceded the humour they used back in the early 2000s would not have a place on TV today.

"Basically, I wouldn't make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I'd do now," he told Big Issue in 2017.

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"Society has moved on a lot since then, and my own views have evolved."

Matt Lucas and David Walliams filmed the special in London (Credit: Twitter/ David Walliams)
Matt Lucas and David Walliams filmed the special in London (Credit: Twitter/ David Walliams)

Of course, there's every chance the comedy pair will tone down the original jokes and characters for a 2019 audience.

After hearing about the revival, one person wrote on social media: "Please no," while another remarked: "Why are you doing this to us?"

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However, others didn't share their distain.

"Most excellent news, a very welcome return in our hour of need," another wrote, as a fourth begged them to bring the show back in TV form, too.

"And when will there be a TV show??? Politics today is crying out for it #doit #youknowyouwantto," they wrote.

Whether you're excited or apprehensive about the one off reboot, you can't deny it'll make an impact.

The Brexit themed special will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on October 31st.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/ Little Britain

Topics: TV and Film

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]