Little Britain duo to crack up US

Computer says "noooooooo," but HBO says "yes" to an Americanized Little Britain.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the writers and stars of the British sketch comedy show, have signed a deal to bring their offbeat humor to the pay cable network, says Reuters. The duo will create six episodes of a US-based version of Little Britain, due to air in 2008. Producer extraordinaire Simon Fuller (American Idol, The Spice Girls) will produce.

"We're very keen to take Little Britain to as wide an audience as possible, so we're looking forward to working in the States," said Walliams. "We have grown up with huge respect for American comedy, so going to work there with HBO, which is the home of some great talent, will be a great experience for both of us."

Little Britain relies heavily on recurring characters, including wannabe thug Vicky Pollard (played by Matt Lucas in fat-suit drag), bumbling travel agent Carol Beer (played by Walliams in fat-suit drag), and Daffyd Thomas, the flamboyant "only gay in the village." It is unknown which, if any, of the characters will be preserved for the US version.

HBO has picked from the British Isles for some of its shows before. Da Ali G Show first appeared on British television before moving over Stateside, and Extras, starring The Office creator Ricky Gervais, is currently airing on the cable channel.

Little Britain began as a BBC radio show before jumping to television in 2003. The most recent season, its third, concluded at the end of 2005. For more information on the show, head over to TV.com's previous coverage.

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Awesome, can't wait to see it. First HBO gets Extras and Flight of the Conchords, now this.
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British sketch comedy at its finest... I can see they will need to re-work existing characters / create new ones for the American market. Cool in my books as I am pretty sure that I will enjoy them too.
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hope it works, would like to see alot of new stuff from the guys
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I have never heard of these 2 guys but the concept is rather interesting-mainly because of what someone else has already pointed out-sketch comedy relies on satire of a community's or society's stereotypes, celebrities, government, entertainment, etc. I don't know how well this will work, but I can't wait to see.
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Tim S: You forgot that the guys has been doing the Little Britain Live since the end of season 3.

Anyways.. I love these guys and I can't wait for some new comedy from both of them together.. The stuff David Walliams did on his own just wasn't that good..

But then again they should be focusing on the regular show instead.. Otherwise its just going to end up as the Ali G show as was stated in the article..

So I'm gonna have to say "Yeah, but, no, but, yeah, but, no, but oh my go I so can't believe you even said that!"
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This could be weird... if it really is just Little Britian in America then people won't get half the jokes. If it's new American characters, it may come off as two British guys taking the p*** out of Americans.

It'll be interesting to see the approach.
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Haha! Yay! I love LB, so I can't wait to see what its like!
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I think there will be an influx of US-brand of Brit comedy. The Office worked too well not to have the notion exploited
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It's a great show...not sure how it would work here though. Hopefully, they will keep Carol Beer...
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