Little Britain duo to crack up US

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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.