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Sketch show Little Britain to return after 12 years

Sketch show Little Britain to return after 12 years – with David Walliams promising to continue ‘celebrating’ minorities despite fears ‘woke’ viewers will frown at characters like wheelchair-bound Andy

  • The BBC comedy, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, is set for full TV return
  • Comes after they resurrected it for a ‘Little Brexit’ episode for Radio 4 in October
  • Walliams and Lucas both said they would have to make a different show for today

Little Britain is coming back to the small screen after 12 years – but there are fears it may fall foul of ‘woke’ viewers.

The BBC comedy, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, is set for a full TV return for the first time since Christmas 2005.

It comes after the iconic duo resurrected the show in a special ‘Little Brexit’ episode for Radio 4 in October.

Little Britain is coming back to the small screen after 12 years - but there are fears it may fall foul of 'woke' viewers. Pictured: Matt Lucas as Vicky Pollard

Little Britain is coming back to the small screen after 12 years – but there are fears it may fall foul of ‘woke’ viewers. Pictured: Matt Lucas as Vicky Pollard

The BBC comedy, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas (pictured as Lou and Andy), is set for a full TV return for the first time since Christmas 2005

The BBC comedy, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas (pictured as Lou and Andy), is set for a full TV return for the first time since Christmas 2005

Walliams, 48, told the Sun: ‘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.

‘We had to put it together quite quickly as it was about Brexit. Plus no one expected us to come back on the radio.

‘You would have expected Comic Relief or a big live tour. The reaction was great, which was encouraging.’

Fans of the programme's unabashed humour may be disappointed, as Walliams and Lucas (pictured as Bubbles and Desiree) both said they would have to make a different show to match the times

Fans of the programme’s unabashed humour may be disappointed, as Walliams and Lucas (pictured as Bubbles and Desiree) both said they would have to make a different show to match the times

The sketch mocked different areas of British society and took its inspiration from the phrase Little Englander. Pictured: As Emily and Florence

The sketch mocked different areas of British society and took its inspiration from the phrase Little Englander. Pictured: As Emily and Florence

Little Britain was first introduced to the public on Radio 4 in 2000, before it was adapted for the screen two years later.

It ran for three series and several specials and was watched by more than nine million viewers at its peak.

But fans of the programme’s unabashed humour may be disappointed, as Walliams and Lucas both said they would have to make a different show to match the times.

The sketch mocked different areas of British society and took its inspiration from the phrase Little Englander.

Characters including wheelchair-user Andy, Dudley and Ting Tong, Bubbles and Desiree, Emily and Florence and Daffyd (pictured) may fall foul of today's PC police

Carol Beer, who may be an acceptable character for 'woke' viewers

Characters including wheelchair-user Andy, Dudley and Ting Tong, Bubbles and Desiree, Emily and Florence and Daffyd (left) may fall foul of today’s PC police. Right Carol Beer, who may be an acceptable character for ‘woke’ viewers

Characters including wheelchair-user Andy, Dudley and Ting Tong, Bubbles and Desiree, Emily and Florence and Daffyd may fall foul of today’s PC police.

Williams was adamant it did not mock minorities, adding ‘comedy for me is celebrating things’.

The actor and children’s author said he and Lucas have faced calls to appear in more shows together.

Williams (pictured with Lucas as Dudley and Ting Tong) was adamant it did not mock minorities, adding 'comedy for me is celebrating things'

Williams (pictured with Lucas as Dudley and Ting Tong) was adamant it did not mock minorities, adding ‘comedy for me is celebrating things’

The former comedy duo were not seen together for seven years until May 2018, when they both attended Dale Winton’s funeral.

In his autobiography, Lucas revealed how tensions boiled between the pair in 2005 during their Little Britain Live tour, leading to a spectacular backstage fight. 

The pair first met in The National Youth Theatre, and broke onto the comedy scene with Little Britain.

In September, Walliams and Lucas reunited when they appeared in a photo together which was posted on Twitter.

The pair (pictured together in 2008) first met in The National Youth Theatre, and broke onto the comedy scene with Little Britain

The pair (pictured together in 2008) first met in The National Youth Theatre, and broke onto the comedy scene with Little Britain

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