Si­lence is golden, com­edy gets phys­i­cal in new Lu­cas show

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Matt Lu­cas (pic­tured) is to star in a silent com­e­dystyle show – his first new char­ac­ter se­ries with­out side­kick David Wal­liams. Lu­cas will star in the di­a­logue-free six-part se­ries Pom­pi­dou to be screened in the UK next year about an el­derly aris­to­crat who falls on hard times. He and Wal­liams have per­formed to­gether for many years, in­clud­ing the hugely suc­cess­ful Lit­tle Bri­tain, but they went their sep­a­rate ways af­ter one se­ries of the air­port-based show Come Fly With Me. Lu­cas has long been a fan of the ‘‘vis­ual com­edy’’ of veteran stars such as Char­lie Chap­lin and Lau­rel & Hardy. The new BBC1 pro­gram comes af­ter the success of last year’s Os­car hit The Artist about the golden age of pre-talkie movies. For his new show, Lu­cas has cre­ated a new set of characters and the BBC said it would fea­ture guest ap­pear­ances from ‘‘some of the world’s finest phys­i­cal com­edy per­form­ers’’. ‘‘I’m de­lighted to be back at the BBC with an­other show full of new characters – how­ever, un­like Lit­tle Bri­tain and Come Fly With Me, this one has no di­a­logue at all,’’ he says. ‘‘At the cen­tre of it is Pom­pi­dou him­self, an el­derly aris­to­cratic English odd­ball who has fallen on hard times but who re­mains up­beat and re­source­ful.’’ BBC1 con­troller Danny Co­hen says: ‘‘Matt’s new project is won­der­fully orig­i­nal and am­bi­tious.’’ It is due to be screened in the UK late next year.

Coming in 2014.

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