Finally some Brexit news worth talking about.
If there’s one thing we absolutely need right now – this week especially – it’s more people laughing in the face of Brexit, ’cause let’s face it, the whole thing is one big f*cking joke anyway.
*Cue David Walliams and Matt Lucas making a spectacularly camp X-Factor style entrance*
Thank God you’re here, boys. We’ve missed you.
The BBC made the announcement on Sunday 27th October, confirming that the world-famous British comedy duo would be reuniting for the first time in a decade for a Brexit-themed Little Britain special.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams will reunite to bring Little Britain back to Radio 4 on Thursday 31st October; the radio station where Little Britain was first broadcast in the year 2000.
The Brexit-themed special episode of Little Britain, called Little Brexit, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 31 October at 6.30pm. According to the BBC:
“The programme will catch up with many of Matt and David’s much-loved characters to see how the hottest topic of modern British history is affecting their lives. Characters we’ll be hearing from include Dafydd, Vicky Pollard, Emily Howard, Marjorie Dawes, Mr Mann, and Lou and Andy.”
Joining Lucas and Walliams will be original cast members Ruth Jones (Nessa!) and Anthony Head (Giles!), as well as narrator Tom Baker (Doctor!).
Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 comedy, says:
“Matt Lucas and David Walliams are uniquely talented writers and performers as well as one of the UK’s most loved comedy duos. It’s a privilege to have them back on Radio 4, where Little Britain first began almost 20 years ago.”
David Walliams confirmed via Twitter this morning that Little Brexit was in fact recorded at the Shaw Theatre in London last night (Sunday 27th October) and from the looks on their faces, Little Brexit seems a tad more sh*ts and giggles than the bigger, scarier Brexit we’re facing at present.
Little Britain was a hugely successful comedy sketch show written by and starring comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams. The show was born on the radio in 2000, but was soon adapted for television in 2003 – this move which went on to propel the careers of the two comedians across the world.
The show consisted of a series of comedy sketches involving exaggerated parodies of British people. It ran from February 2003 to January 2007 and for the majority of that time was considered one of the most popular shows in Britain.
The show was so successful it sparked live shows, tours and spin-offs. Famed characters like Vicky Pollard and Dafydd basically lived on Comic Relief for a good few years.
I like to think that I’m a woke gay man with a good, sharp sense of humour, but I have to say, a few of the jokes in that YouTube clip made me raise an eyebrow.
To put it bluntly: parts of Little Britain have aged horribly.
As with many shows filmed in the ’90s and early ’00s parts of it have not aged well – to say the least. The show has been heavily criticised over the years for their perceived satirical presentation of certain minority groups and understandably so.
To be fair to both Lucas and Walliams, they haven’t shone away from the criticism over the years – they have faced it head on for the majority of the time. In an interview with The Big Issue in October 2017, Lucas stated that if he were to remake the show now the jokes would be different and far more woke. He also stressed that he would never play a black character again. He said:
“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 … Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved.”
It will be interesting to see how they’ve adapted the famous Little Britain humour for an audience in 2019, that’s for sure.
In a recent interview with the Radio Times, Walliams echoed a similar sentiment to his co-host while discussing the criticism:
“You’d definitely do it differently. Because it’s a different time now. You’d make any comedy differently. We started working on Little Britain nearly 20 years ago, because it was on radio first.
“It’s hard to say specifically how it would be different. There’s all kinds of tolerances that change. People understand people’s predicaments more now. Maybe it’s, ‘We see this differently, we’ve got more information,’ and it would be a different type of joke.”
I personally need to laugh at Brexit, or I’ll just cry (and I’m an ugly cryer, so no-one needs to see that). I trust these two will do this country a service on Thursday, as no doubt everyone else is going to spectacularly fail us.
Side note – I’ve suddenly realised we’ve got Little Brexit followed by Drag Race UK on Halloween.
What a shady night, courtesy of the BBC – such a treat.
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.