Silence is golden, comedy gets physical in new Lucas show
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.