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Little Britain's David Walliams and Matt Lucas 'are keen to reboot controversial show' amid backlash

Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas are allegedly keen to reboot their controversial show.

The comedian, 48, and actor, 46, are said to be looking for a new format for the sitcom, which was removed from streaming services last month.

A source told The Mirror that they were interested in reviving the show as a podcast and said: ‘Spotify is among those who have mooted David and Matt as targets to commission a podcast with.

Claim: Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas are allegedly keen to reboot their controversial show (pictured in 2008)

Claim: Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas are allegedly keen to reboot their controversial show (pictured in 2008) 

‘They’d love for it to be around Little Britain, off the back of the success last year of their Radio Two Little Britain show.’

They added: ‘It’s looking even more likely after conversations with Netflix about a Little Britain comeback have come to a standstill due to political correctness reigning in TV at present.’

MailOnline has contacted David and Matt’s representatives for comment. 

In June, David and Matt apologised for their use of blackface after the series was removed from streaming services like Netflix and Britbox following concerns its use of blackface was no longer acceptable in wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

Gone: Little Britain was removed from streaming services including Netflix and Britbox following concerns its use of blackface was no longer acceptable

Gone: Little Britain was removed from streaming services including Netflix and Britbox following concerns its use of blackface was no longer acceptable

New venture? The pair are said to be interested in rebooting the show in a podcast or radio format, with Spotify allegedly their top choice to host the show (pictured 2019)

New venture? The pair are said to be interested in rebooting the show in a podcast or radio format, with Spotify allegedly their top choice to host the show (pictured 2019)

In a joint statement the pair insisted it was ‘wrong’ to portray characters of other races, but reiterated it’s something they have apologised for in the past. 

In the statement posted to Twitter, David wrote: ‘Matt & I have both spoken publicly in recent years of our regret that we played characters of other races. Once again we want to make it clear that it was wrong & we are very sorry.’

Matt went onto share the same statement with fans, after Little Britain was removed from several streaming services in June.

Apologising: In June, David and Matt issed a joint statement the pair insisted it was 'wrong' to portray characters of other races, but reiterated it's something they have apologised for in the

Apologising: In June, David and Matt issed a joint statement insisting it was ‘wrong’ to portray characters of other races, but reiterated it’s something they have apologised for in the past

It comes amid claims Netflix are no longer in talks with Matt and David about reviving Little Britain, as bosses were concerned about backlash given the show’s current controversies.

A source told The Daily Star: ‘Netflix bosses were really keen to make a new series of Little Britain. The plan was to give Matt and David even more license to be controversial. 

‘In the current climate, Netflix can’t be seen to be championing offensive comedy.

‘The chances of any revival at this stage are slim-to-none.’








MailOnline contacted representatives for David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Netflix for further comment.  

In an apparent reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests, Netflix pulled Little Britain on Friday June 5, along with Matt and David’s other comedy Come Fly With Me.  

BBC and BritBox both confirmed they had also decided to remove Little Britain saying ‘times have changed’ since the show first aired.

The shows include scenes where the comedians portray characters from different ethnic backgrounds with the use of make-up. 

Anymore? The decision comes as Netflix was earlier this year said to have been in discussions with Lucas and Walliams about making a new series of Little Britain

Anymore? The decision comes as Netflix was earlier this year said to have been in discussions with Lucas and Walliams about making a new series of Little Britain 

Similarly, Bo’ Selecta, which impersonated black stars such as Craig David, Trisha Goddard and Michael Jackson has been removed from All 4 after creator Leigh Francis recently issued a tearful apology. 

It suggests an uncertain future for other popular comedy series which feature similar techniques, though many are still available to watch on streaming sites. 

In recent days The Mighty Boosh and The League Of Gentlemen were also removed from streaming services.

Fans have also called for the beloved comedy series Gavin and Stacey to be removed from BBC iPlayer. 

Critics called for the popular show, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, to be pulled in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, but BBC have confirmed they are no plans for the series to be pulled.

Stereotypes: Lucas played coffee shop worker Precious Little in Come Fly With Me

Stereotypes: Lucas played coffee shop worker Precious Little in Come Fly With Me 

The main bone of contention stems from characters described in the show as ‘Chinese Alan’ and ‘Seth, the black fella’.

Matt previously said if he could go back and remake the previous series of Little Britain he would not play black characters.

In 2017 he told Big Issue: ‘If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn’t play black characters.

‘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.’

Debate: He also played airport worker Taaj in Come Fly With Me. Fans have since expressed unease about sketches which feature comedians wearing make up to portray different races

Debate: He also played airport worker Taaj in Come Fly With Me. Fans have since expressed unease about sketches which feature comedians wearing make up to portray different races

He added there had not been ‘bad intent there’ and they had simply been showing off about ‘what a diverse bunch of people we could play.’

In the interview Lucas said it was ‘lazy’ for white people to ‘get a laugh just by playing black characters’. 

David also said that the show would definitely make a comeback but acknowledged he would change things. 

He said: ‘I would say there will definitely be some more Little Britain coming. I can’t say when exactly but at the right time and place. It was fun coming back for radio because that’s where we started.’

He added that he would ‘definitely do it differently’ in today’s cultural landscape. 

Unacceptable: The show's creators David and Matt said in 2017 they would 'definitely do [the show] differently' in today's cultural landscape (pictured in 2010)

Unacceptable: The show’s creators David and Matt said in 2017 they would ‘definitely do [the show] differently’ in today’s cultural landscape (pictured in 2010)

The decision comes after Netflix were reportedly in discussions with Lucas and Walliams about making a new series of Little Britain for the streaming giant, in a lucrative deal. 

Huge demonstrations, many organised by the Black Lives Matter Group, have helped spark renewed debate on racism in recent weeks.

The protests intensified after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after white police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for eight minutes and 46 seconds.








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