Thursday, June 16, 2005

Little Britain returns on BBC America

Little Britain Back in a Big Way

BBC America transports the inhabitants of Little Britain to the U.S. premiering Wednesdays from August 17, 2005 at 9 p.m. ET\ 10 p.m. PT.

Fresh from winning double honors at this year's BAFTAs (UK equivalent of the Emmys) Little Britain, written and performed by two UK's comics - Matt Lucas and David Walliams - is a voyage of discovery that turns the spotlight on all that is mad, bad, quirky and crazy about the people and places in Britain.

The character based comedy sketch show is populated by a bizarre set of misfits representing the frightening debris of modern British life. These include Daffyd who jealously guards his status as the only gay man in his village; Marjorie Dawes, a terrifying Fat Fighters group leader; Emily Howard, a totally unconvincing transvestite, incomprehensible teenager Vicky Pollard and a British Prime Minister (Anthony Stewart Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Manchild) who tries to avoid the sexual advances of his aide, Sebastian Love.

This season a fresh group of faces add to the colorful cast of characters:

* Bubbles, the pampered, obese wife of a mysteriously absent businessman.
* Harvey, a prosperous young man still attached to his mother, much to his fiancée's horror.
* Judy and Maggie, genteel ladies who haven't embraced the concept of diversity.
* Rachel and Nicola, young women who keep very personal Polaroids of their dates.
* Doug, the bogus drugs counselor.
* Carol, the bank teller who takes financial advice from her talking computer.
* Florence, a new friend for bad transvestite Emily Howard.

Providing a commentary to guide us through the madness and mayhem is former Doctor Who Tom Baker.

Little Britain has garnered huge critical acclaim and numerous awards including three BAFTAs. Season two swept the board at the British Comedy Awards (beating The Office Christmas Special) to add to its already prestigious collection of prizes.

British viewers have found the painfully accurate portrayal of their homeland so infectious that catch phrases have been absorbed into the national lexicon and are repeated in homes, pubs and schools around the country. A live UK tour (October 2005 to March 2006) was an instant sell-out with tickets being sold on Ebay for five times their face value.

Little Britain's legions of fans includes Hollywood star Johnny Depp who has asked Lucas and Walliams if he can appear in the show.

Little Britain: The Complete First Series is available on a 2-disc DVD set on August 16, 2005 for $29.98.

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