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      24.02.2010 09:30
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      pretty good and funny sketch show

      Little Britain is a comedy sketch type show which was shown almost quite appropriately on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). The show was created by comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams who also play most of the main characters. The show first aired in 2003 and had a total of three series up to 2006 with a total of 25 episodes which also include some extra special episodes such as Little Britain USA. The show usually runs for around 30 minutes.

      There are a wide range of weird and wonderful characters on show from the British public. The humour can be quite crude at times but in a way that is generally considered funny. The humor is usually targeted to a certain group and this is reflected in the different characters and sketches.

      Some of my favourite characters include Andy and Lou. Andy is in a wheelchair and has a sad appearance when you first see him but we find out that he is not actually disabled. Lou is his carer and does all he can for him and doesn't have a clue that Andy is in fact not disabled. Andy's now quite famous catchphrase is " I want that one." Then there is Vicky Pollard who is a loud mouthed and back chatting teenager who is quite typical of the anti social type that are found around in Britain. She finds it hard to actually answer a question and wears the same pink Kappa tracksuit. Her well quoted phrase is "No, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah, but, no, but, yeah ..". Then there is Dafydd Thomas who proclaims to be the only gay in the village and if any others claim to be he aims to force them out. Then there is Marjorie Dawes who is the leader of her local fat fighters club and she makes fun of the way everybody is eating and advises them to eat dust instead.

      There are plenty others such as "Computer says no" which all make fun of British people and the way they go about their daily lives. It is all quite funny and I did like quite alot of the characters. By the third series I did feel the show had run dry of ideas and the phrases and the sketches were not something completely new and original as they once were. The voiceover work by narrator Tom Baker is quite brilliant and his random comments go well with the nature of the show.

      Overall though this was a top British comedy show and showcases well how British people are not afraid to make fun of and laugh at themselves. It is easy to watch and you can just switch your brain off when watching. If you are easily offended it may not be the best option but the humour is not usually too rude/crude. I would just about give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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      27.01.2010 18:29
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      Definately worth a watch.

      David Walliams and Matt Lucas are now pretty much household names, with Little Britain largely to thank for their fame. I (and I'm sure alot of you) know it in it's televisual incantation, I was quite suprised to learn that it started out on the radio before it's move to the chattering cyclops.
      The show is as its name suggests, is a look at some of the more peculiar residents of this tiny little island we call home.

      As well as playing all the roles, Matt and David (and before you ask yes we are on first name terms, lol) write the show as well. While the writing is generally good alot of the humour comes from the actual characters visually. Characters such as Lou and Andy (a stubborn and difficult cripple and his long suffering carer) wouldn't work as well for me on the radio.

      The show relies heavily on catchphrases which is fine by me, the programme is hardly a Blackadder (that is to say it's not really all that clever) so the fact that some of the humour comes from simplistic catchphrases is okay, it is what it is, a bit crude, a bit simplistic a bit obvious (I'm trying hard not to sound like a ponce). But as long as you don't expect too much from it, theres alot of fun to be had with it.

      Some of my favourite characters include, a masculine transvestite, a crazy scottish fife playing hotel owner and Anne, a mentally ill yong lady played convincingly by David Walliams happily painting a yule tide message to us all in her own excrement (very high brow stuff).

      All in all I like Little Britain , it's easily accesible comedy, no brain power needed which at times can be exactly what you're looking for, I give it a 4 (only just scraped it though).

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        07.01.2010 12:34
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        3/5

        When Little Britain first came on to the screens, I was never a fan, and admittedly I never gave it a chance. I gave it a chance and I started to become a fan and started enjoying the series.

        All the characters were funny and well played by the cast of Matt Lucas and David Walliams. My favourite characters were Anne, who was in the mental institute, Daffydd, who was the only gay in the village, Mr Mann, who was the very silent shopper, and Lou and Andy, who is a 'disabled' person and his helper.

        I thought it was brilliant British comedy. The show then went on to make three series, and made some special editions, however as the series went on, the show got boring and quite repetitive and I started to fall out of it again.

        Now when I watch the show again, I believe the show isn't that funny after all, and I don't enjoy watching the series anymore.

        At first it was enjoyable but now I don't, so I would really only recommend the series to someone who could maintain their love for the series.

        Please don't shoot me down as this is my personal opinion and I have genuinely fallen out of love with the show.

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          24.12.2009 14:05
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          Overrated beyond words

          Little Britain is a show that has been supremely overrated by and large, chiefly because the state of modern British comedy is so bad that this is apparently the best that the Beeb can manage (it isn't). Although the show works fairly well as a satire of modern "Broken Britain", it simply isn't cutting enough, and falls into the trappings of sketch show formula quite quickly, resting on its rather flimsy laurels. The show is concieved by comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who also perform all of the show's skits.

          There are some fairly memorable ones, such as a young disabled man and his carer, an aggressive weightwatchers woman, and a young man who has an obsession with his friend's grandmother, but the show does not escape the problems perenially associated with the sketch show format. The main problem is that as long as you watch ONE episode from every series, you've basically seen it all, because the humour consists of the lazy conceit of altering one or two small variables in a sketch and then recycling it week-to-week, meaning that the show, I imagine, can be written in just a matter of minutes, despite many hailing it as "comic genius". How people have let the show get away with such flagrantly simple writing is beyond me...

          What does work, then? Well, it is well-acted, and as gross-out comedy, it is decent, and Tom Baker provides a generally pleasant voiceover throughout. However, I personally can't really rate the show highly because I need something more substantial; rehashing the same sketches with a slight change of location or item isn't going to fly with me, because I want NUANCE in my comedy, or at least some dynamism!

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            22.11.2009 03:31
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            A show that has had its day and then some

            Like the Fast Show before it, Little Britain was pretty funny when it first appeared, with a range of unsophisticated yet superficially amusing and surreal characters played skilfully by Matt Lucas and David Walliams and with entertainingly bizarre narration by ex-Dr Who star Tom Baker.

            The problem with catchphrase comedy is that it has a very short shelf life however, and so it wasnt long at all til Little Britain, like the Fast Show before it, stopped feeling inventive and funny and begain to feel dull, derivative and utterly vacous as the same shallow characters (a fat naked woman, a camp civil servant, a devious disabled man, a transvestive, an incontient granny) were rolled out week after week after week.

            Lucas and Walliams are highly talented comedians, and there is a sense that they realised they had hit paydirt here and so avoided changing their formula and just kept on churning out the same old tripe series after series. There are some gems hidden away- one sketch takes place in Kelsey Grammar School for example, whilst the sketches in which Barbara Cartland dictates her utterly vacuous novels to a typist are funny and well observed, and Tom Baker's surreal rambles can be very amusing too- but by and large the show consists of lowest common denominator stuff for people who think saying things like "You are the weakest link, goodbye!" and "Want that one!" represents cutting edge humour. A show that definitely needs putting out of its misery as soon as possible.

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            17.11.2009 00:00
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            These guys need to move on to something else, and quickly...

            Everyone's familiar with the typically English surrealist recurring character sketch show Little Britain. It has come under fire for mocking less priveliged and easy to exploit social groups such as the mentally ill, the unemployed, gays, transvestites, fat people foreigners and the poor. Each sketch relying heavily on repeating themes, tired premises and stereotypes.

            Little Britain was very funny at first, but now the catchphrase yelping, caricaturing, pale imitations, half arsed celebrity appearances and repetitive sketches have just got to stop. Its been running for three seasons now, with any number of specials, abberations, parodies and one-offs that seem to have gone on forever. This show has had its day and needs to be taken round the back of the barn with a double barrelled shotgun and mercilessly blown away. Its already enjoyed extraordinary popularity, and now its just being milked for all its worth. (Bitty...)

            Despite the genuinely entertaining acting and comedic skills of David Walliams and Matt Lucas, the show has blatantly run out of mileage and its definitely time for them both to move on to new things (and no, as it happens I'm not talking about Little Britain USA.) British comedy needs some new concepts, there was never anything new here. Cheap catchphrase comedy has been around in this country since The Fast Show, and something needs to change or the English comedy circuit is in danger of stagnating. This is overall a decent sitcom that is worth watching the first few series of, and then discarding before it begins to grate on you, which it undoubtedly will.

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            12.08.2009 00:55
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            A Great Comedy

            Britian, Britian, Britian. The opening words of a classic comedy. If you have never seen it, Little Britian is a comedy Sketch show featuring comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams. The show features sketches showing people from around the British isles from all different walks of life.

            The show ran for three years and was shown on BBC. The show won several awards and was a massive hit. By the third series the show had a massive cult following and was massive. The show progressively pushed the boundaries and was constantly trying to shock people and make them laugh.

            Some of the sketches inlcude, Vicky Pollard, the gobby teenager. Andy and Lou, Andy in a wheelchair with Lou looking after him. Margery who runs the Fat Fighters club and basically insults all the faties. You've got David, who is the only gay in the Welsh village. There are several other sketches that are very funny.

            For me the first series was the best. The sketches were so original and really funny. As the show evolved the writters tried to make the show more shocking and sick. Some of the sketches were very funny but some were just to sick. The one where the young man fancies his mates gran was just a little to sick. Some of the ones featuring Mrs Daveere who was constantly naked as she pranced around the health spar were again, just a little sick.

            I think my favorite sketch was Andy and Lou. Andy was wheelchair bound but was faking it. Lou didn't know this and was always there to meet all Andy's needs. Usually Andy 'don't like that one' and would moan about everything. My favorite sketch was the one in the swimming pool where Andy dives in whilst Lou is talking to the lifeguard.

            The show was so popular that they continued on with the show and made a Little Britian in America. Some of the same sketches in America and some new ones more appropriate to American life.

            One of my favortite bits of the show is the naration by Tom Baker. Tom is a legend of British TV so to get him involved in the show was a great move. He comes out with some rather strange but very funny comments on British living.

            Overall I do like this show, although some of the skethes do go just a little to far for me. You can still check this out on BBC 3 and there are often repeats of the show on other channels. It really is a classic comedy and one that will be popular for a long time into the future.

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              14.03.2009 12:51
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              What has happened to comedy these days

              Having seen a small sketch of this show yesterday on Comic Relief, it bought back all the memories I have had of watching this show in the past. My opinion will differ from most others, as having checked the past reviews for this show it seems that 99% of the people gave this five stars and thought it was hilarious.


              For those of you who are not aware Little Britain is a sketch show featuring lots of different characters played by the main two stars who are David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Then on top of this there is narration from Tom Baker which makes the show a little bit different. There are also other actors who appear now and then like Anthony Head. For someone like Head who had earnt my respect for his role in Buffy he has now gone down to this mediocre level and his career seems in tatters.


              This show seems to have won many comedy awards so must be doing something right and initially it does. The first season I thought was amusing and all the characters were fresh and new. There Vicki Pollard who played a chav teenager. This was a very funny exaggeration of what a lot of teenagers act like these days so many people who have experienced chavs, especially ones at the back of buses, will find this amusing.


              Forgive me for not remembering many of the other characters names however they are unmemorable and include some gay characters a band worker that keeps using the catchphrase 'computer says no'.


              I don't know if I just seem to have a weak sense of humour but these jokes do get boring fast. Specifically the woman character who whenever asked a question says 'computer says no'. Is this really that funny? Fair enough once used once or twice, but they use this phrase like ten times an episode and likes hundreds of times a series. OK they add a little twist to it every now and then but this is a pointless joke and they have no idea how to keep humour fresh. Move on and stop using the same jokes over and over.


              It seems to be that everyone forgets the past joke and then repeats when the exact same joke is used on the next episode of this show. You might as well just watch a repeat as the jokes are nearly identical. Ok this is not as bad the Green Green Grass which I recently reviewed as there are some funny jokes, but I really think that Walliams and Lucas lost their direction after the first season.


              As the seasons go on they literally try and find anything to put in the show and stoop to low forms of disgusting humour. Things like going for a dump and pissing is meant to be funny. Please someone comment and explain to me how this is funny?


              There are people who do not like this show as they think it is offensive, and I am not particular one of these people, just I think some of the jokes are disgusting. I am surprised it has lasted as long as it has, and like I said with the Green Green Grass, if this was released in America they would have seen right through it and it would not have lasted very long at all.


              Sketch shows can be funny, but characters and storylines need to be kept fresh and original. Resorting to vulgar humour can not be used over and over and repeating the jokes for the thousandth is a criminal offence. I for one will be turning the channel over if this is ever on again.

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                07.02.2009 05:30
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                worth viewing

                An original and often amusing comedy show written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. Here are some of my thoughts on the show:

                * The length of the show is right, half an hour is ample and it keeps it fresh and tight

                * Dafyd is a strong character, one of the highlights thanks to some awful costumes and horrible personality

                * Not fond of the Bitty character which seems to be in bad taste

                * Some jokes started funny yet are becoming very repetitious. Lou and Andy is a clever concept, but how many times can you play on the same joke that he can walk?

                * Walliams seems to only have one voice, that camp raspy one. This means a lot of his characters sound the same

                * Bubbles is superb and grotesque and has to be seen to be believed

                * Tom Baker's voiceover is a credit to the show, prominent and commanding and always amusing

                * The newer series seems to have descended into poor taste, using bodily functions like being sick as the mainstay of comedy

                * Maybe more cast members would inject some new lifeblood into it? Walliams and Lucas are great but are they running out of steam?

                Verdict: A hilarious show, but maybe some of the jokes are scraping the barrell.

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                  17.12.2008 12:08

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                  brilliant British comedy

                  Little Britain as most people will know is a hilarious comedy created by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. The show is based around funny, fictional characters living in Britain. The show has become so popular that there is now a spin off titled 'Little Britain USA'. The characters are brilliant and also original! Each has a funny catchphrase or character trait. Vicki Pollard is on of Matt Lucas' characters, a chivvy girl who seems to talk at a speed of about one hundred words a second! So fast that nobody can understand much apart from "yeah, but, no, but"!
                  Daffyd Thomas is supposedly gay but doesn't support anything gay! His catchphrase is "I am the only gay in the village!'
                  Then there is Andy and Lou. Lou is pretending to be in a wheelchair, unable to walk, and lets Andy do everything for him.
                  The show is hugely popular yet not for people who are easily offended, or with a weak stomach come to that! It's very funny and Matt Lucas & David Walliams are comedy geniuses!

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                  26.11.2008 14:37
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                  i used to love this show, shame it's lost the appeal, or i've just grown up!

                  Little Britain started off as a radio show; it was later aired on BBC 3 in 2003. During this time characters have changed and the show has lost its appeal it once had.

                  I used to sit and watch Little Britain and the next day in work we'd all be saying the phrases to each other. We would roll around laughing at the jokes. In time I feel have started to grow more fond of Catherine Tate and more adult comedy. This was a good show to start with but I am surprised they got away with so much. Throughout the years my favorite characters are listed below.

                  Dafydd Thomas
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                  Dafydd is played by Lucas, he has to be one of my favorite characters he is so funny. Dafydd wears Lycra and drinks Bacardi and Coke and if your first thoughts are "he's gay" you'd be right - he's apparently the only gay in Llandewi Brefi. Throughout the course of the series though we met other gays and Dafydd is determined to be 'the only gay in the village'.

                  Marjory Dawes
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                  Marjory is played but Matt Lucas and is one of my favorite characters - Marjory is a cheeky fat woman who runs the local Fat-fighters club like slimming world or weight-watcher but not politically correct.

                  Sebastian Love
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                  This man is a little bit strange. Sebastian is played by David Walliams and is an assistant to the Prime Minister, he has a weird crush on his though. We see in a few episodes that he will strip off and cuddle up to the Prime Minister or even worse scare other foreign officials away with his creepy obsession. The funniest part the Prime Minister still doesn't realise what's going on!

                  Vicky Pollard
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                  Vicky is played by Matt Lucas and is my favorite character. When Little Britain first came out I recognised Vicky instantly she is stood on most streets in Plymouth. For a charity event I dressed up as Vicky Pollard, yep a bit of drag in there as well although I doubt you could tell, Vicky looks very much like a man anyway!

                  This has to be my favorite sketch where Vicky Finds out she is pregnant!

                  "I got the lurgy. Yeah I know because there was this whole fing 'cause I was down the arcade and Kelly flobbed on Destiny and a bit of it landed in my hair because Kelly hates Destiny because Destiny told Warren that Kelly pads her bra. It's true - Nathan reckons he put his hand down there and pulled out a bag of Jelly Tots."

                  Dame Sally Markham
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                  Sally is played by Matt Lucas. She is a big woman who writes novels, or so she thinks. She will get her secretary to type on an old typewriter but after finding out she has only got 200 odd words she will add fillings such as so they walked and walked and walked for another 100 words. A very funny sketch but also very repetitive.

                  Dennis Waterman
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                  I think this sketch can be funny at times, but after you have seen it once or twice it gets a bit predictable. Dennis Waterman is played by David Walliams (a very small man) walks into Jeremy Rent's (Matt Lucas) Office and sits on a huge chair. He may be offered a part but he wants to "write the theme tune, sing the theme tune" rather than just 'star' in the show. His voice really bugs me.

                  Mr. Mann
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                  Mr. Mann is played by David Walliams, and he always seems to go the same shop asking for really specific things. The shop keeper (Roy) Lucas, tries so hard to please and even calls up to his wife upstairs who has no legs or arms. "Margaret, Margaret". I think this sketch its brilliant especially when Mr. Mann asks for really specific items but I can get a little boring and predictable.

                  Kenny Craig
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                  Kenny Craig, played by Lucas, he thinks he is a great hypnotist but he is rubbish and no-one around him is affected but they usually pretend, like trying to convince a traffic warden that he didn't get a ticket. It's not until he sits with his nan in hospital that we realise how rubbish he is.

                  Emily Howard
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                  I live this character she is hilarious, Emily is played by David Walliams and is a transvestite. She isn't however convincing and people around her insist on calling her a man etc "Oh No I 'm a ladeeey, I do lady things like powder my nose". She will then do silly things like standing up to take a wee or wandering into a pub and buying a pint.

                  Anne
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                  Anne is played by David Walliams and is a patient in a 'mental institute; - I told you it wasn't politically correct. Anne likes to destroy everything and dig up plants. She is very funny, especially the way she talks or rather makes noise - eh eh ehhhh. When people aren't watching she will talk away on her phone as normal.

                  Ray McCooney
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                  Ray is played by David Walliams and is the owner of Ye Olde Hotel in Scotland. Ray likes to annoy customers by speaking in riddle and playing his flute. This sketch actually became quite funny in work when people would ask questions we would all turn around and say "if you ask me on a Wednesday I say yeeeeeees and if you ask me on a Thursday I still say 'yeeeeessss' and then play with a pretend flute, it soon wore off though!

                  Bubbles
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                  Bubbles is played by Matt Lucas and is a big lady who seems to be permanently staying at Hill Grange Health spa, she hasn't yet settled her bill and therefore flirts with the manager to do favours, a very dodgy sketch indeed.

                  Mr Cleeves
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                  Mr. Cleves is played by Matt Lucas and is a teacher at Kelsey Grammar School. The school seems to be quite old fashioned with rows of chairs but the pupils and lessons are rather unconventional.

                  Liz and Clive
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                  Liz is played by David Walliams and Clive is played by Matt Lucas. The sketch always takes place in a restaurant but each time Liz has to announce to the various people sat around that she was a bridesmaid at Mollie Sugden's wedding, this clearly annoys her husband and I am sure it would annoy me too if my girlfriend did it all the time.

                  Lou and Andy
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                  When I first saw this sketch I was gob smacked that they could get away with it, then again it was surprising how they got away with most of it. Andy (Lucas) is wheelchair bound (or so we are led to believe) and Lou (Walliams) is his carer who has no idea what Andy gets up to when his back is turned. The sketch seems to work on a basic concept.

                  Gary and Jason
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                  Gary is played by Matt Lucas and Jason is played by David Walliams. Gary and Jason are two young friends. Whilst visiting Gary's grandmother, Jason falls in love with her and over the episodes we see him 'do things' to her. It's very dodgy indeed.

                  Harvey
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                  This one is really dodgy Harvey (Walliams) is a young man who is dating his girlfriend Jane. The thing is he has never been weaned of breastfeeding and she calls it "bitty" well obviously he wants bitty all the time. I cringed when I watched the episode where Harvey met Jane's in laws and they were discussing wedding food and he said "I want bitty" and she got her boob out for him! He lied there like a baby - very disturbing.

                  Carol Beer
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                  carol is played by David Walliams. The sketch is very funny and has resulted in a lot of messing about at work. Her catchphrase "Computer says No" is used almost everywhere as a joke. She is typically the sort of person you would find in a bank or job centre where the staff are so badly trained. I love this sketch!

                  Maggie Blackamoor and Judy Pike
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                  Two women who are in the WI, they buy items at charitable events but when finding out they have been made by someone from a different background be it sexually, ethnically or ability they projectile vomit, no point to it but it can be funny.

                  Overall I would say for nostalgia and the good old times where we would roll around at work being silly this show gets 10/10 however, now I would say the show barely scrapes through at 5/10 maybe a little bit more. After the first 2 series I started to lose interest in the sketches they had been done before and it was more a case of "been there, done it" and I feel they have over-egged the pudding slightly.

                  Saying that Matt and David are excellent actors and play a variety of roles very well, I can't imagine they'd be any good in stand-up for in terms of acting and comedy they are fantastic. I must say however Caterin Tate is far more talented and more entertaining.

                  If you haven't seen it (where have you been) I would recommend it but if you have seen it and not managed to get into it (my girlfriend hated it) then I wouldn't recommend it, nothings changed.

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                    Good, but stick to the original series.

                    Little britain is the innovative sketch show created by comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams. Set in different areas of britain it provides a comedic view at the eccentricities of the british public.
                    Some of their most loved characters include Dafydd, the only gay in the village, who refuses to see the widespread gay population all around him, including his best friend, the local barmaid myfanwy.
                    Vicky Pollard is based upon a bristolian girl, and is the typical chav school drop out. Her famous phrases include "yeah but no but" and "oh my god i so can't believe you just said that".
                    Other characters include the prime ministers aide, Sebastian, supposedly wheelchair bound Andy and his carer Lou, and Marg, who runs the local fat fighters club.
                    Walliams and Lucas are brilliant at acting all the different characters...perhaps too good at portraying their female characters!

                    Theey have made three series for TV followed by a live show that was in my opinion even better. World domination is at thier feet as they move over to America, with the new series little britain USA. However in my opinion, the americanisation of this programme has taken some of the comedy genius out of the show. I'll be sticking to the original series'.

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                      interesting...

                      Little Britain has become very popular throughout the past years, mostly because of the funny characters like Vicky Pollard who stick in people's minds. Even though David Walliams and Matt Lucas' show is hilarious and witty to most people, they must tread carefully to not offend. Some of the sketches included are going a little bit over the line. Race, weight and disability shouldn't be too much in here.

                      This is what comediens must be careful about. For example, the Fat Fighters sketch might offend slightly bigger people, and with other issues.
                      Apart from these things, the show can be very funny. The sketch with Lou and Andy, where Lou (in the wheelchair in the picture) sectretly gets out of his wheelchair behind Andy's back and does something like jumping off a diving board can have hilarious results! These two people are probably my favourite characters and they are the ones to look out for if you decide to watch this interesting comdy program.

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                        Your no Sid James and Bernard Breslaw guys...

                        I've always thought that Little Britain is a bit of a BBC cheap trick and David Walliams (why can't he be Williams!) and Matt Lucas are not as a talented as they have been allowed to believe. Yes they do the Carry On style humour well but their version of those saucy postcard jokes arent always non-offensive.
                        If we- and they-are honest they are the magpies of BBC comedy, stealing shiny pieces and ideas from all that comedy gold and silver that has gone before them on the illustrious channel. The far superior League of Gentleman was doing the surrealist dressing up stuff much better a few years ago now and the originals in The Pythons were doing if decades before, and far funnier. At least the 'League' gleefully own up to stealing some of their ideas from the Pythons and other comedy greats. Wasn't Catherine Tate doing the underclass chav Lauren before Lucas did? You always feel Lucas and Walliams blatantly don't recognize those others in their work and convince themselves they are new and fresh, nobody in their circle likely to disagree. Where as American/Jewish comedy in America is confident and intelligent, here the two North London boys seems rather spiteful, bigoted and arrogant in their comedy... we can do what we want because who is going to stop us type thing, not caring about who they offend, really detracting from their material. Yes they have their funny moments but they are certainly no Fry & Laurie or Smith & Jones. At least when the great Larry David and the brilliant 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' attack minorities and disabilities they subtly apologies in the show with their clever endings. There is no subtly in Little Britain in any way.

                        The biggest complaint about Little Britain is that insensitivity and its need to offend, stereotyping race, gender and sexuality with little irony, the BCC doing little to stop them. Normally I'm all for that daring but when these two have a crack at risky stiff it always feels seedy and deliberately offensive. One such character is the Women's Institute lady who projectile vomits or exaggeratedly urinates in disgust when she has to meet black or Asian people. Now my old man died of Alzheimer's and pretty much everyone over 40 has a relative in that situation, this sketch carrying all manner of offence. Sure their stuff is aimed at young people but some of their stuff seems a bit much. If you're going to do that then do with craft like the 'League' do.

                        Some characters are funny and you can't help but chuckle at Lou & Andy, Lou, apparently based on the singer Lou Reed and Andy on the comic Mel Smith. It's a clever skit because it touches on those obsequious do-gooder carers that are rather easily exploited by disabled people who become dependant on them. The assistant gay Prime Minister character (probably based on that ghastly Peter Mandelson); on the other hand, doesn't work and a one joke act. Someone needs to tap them on the back and say that's too puerile and doesn't work anymore. So on that assessment I was hoping the new series from the USA would bring me back into the fold.

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                        Now that the show doesn't really work in the United Kingdom anymore, due to the guys not coming up with any new characters after running out of groups to offend, the pair up-sticked to tried to break America with it. Or at least that's the way they see it. The half-hour American show, like the British version, had some hits and some misses, Tom Bakers commentary still the funniest part of the show. Inevitably some of the old characters have also been given a ticket to fly over with Matt and David, the boys mixing in those new American ones to keep things fresh and their new audiences interested on HBO. The US cable station tune in for something other then the usual US TV dirge.
                        Of the new characters I particularly like the two locker room guys and their hilarious naked latex body building suits with tiny penises and I also chuckled at astronaut 'Bing' Shavers, the 8th man on the moon, constantly seeking attention to announce that fact, be it a talking with school kids or just boring the tradesman fixing the radiator at his house. I also feel there are legs in the old American granny that sits on the porch, all sweet and innocent, before blurting some really offensive language out of the blue. You can just imagine these ladies in Middle-America right now making shocking comments about Barak Ocala.

                        To be fair Matt and David have to use their stock characters and regulars in some context to keep the viewers interested, Vicky Pollard turning up in a Utah Brat Camp whilst Marjorie Doors (mother of George), the fat club teacher (clearly stolen from the League of Gentleman's job club woman sketch), is doing 'Fatbusters' in America, racially abusing fat Mexicans at every chance. Emily Howard, the world's only Victorian transvestite, also turns up, but bombs again here as it did in the other series. This show is also introducing a very American thing of having celebrity guest stars on sketch shows. Sting got to serenade Emily with his ridiculous lute and I think I'm not the only one at that moment who wanted to see Emily hit the pretentious pratt over the head with it. It was a one joke sketch back then and it still is now, as are many of the Little Britain characters. 'Computer says no...' woman is another example of that laziness and is also kept in the show, here working for private US healthcare, a joke the Americans will associate more with and so laugh at.

                        They have tweaked David Williams's gay prime ministers aid, updated to being the preposterous Prime Minister of the U.K., constantly hanging out in the Oval Room with a topically black US President, again a one joke trick and not amusing. You can understand why they put things in to get a camp demographic watching and this is the type of stuff they think does it. But chasing the pink pound is never that simple guys. 'Bubbles' Devere has also been flown over Club Class to Manhattan and is still showing her naked splendor to clear her gambling debts from the worlds roulette tables. At least that sketch has some sort of originality. I'm sure the American audience giggled the first time we saw her grotesque as we did but why keep it in every episode? Again my biggest critic point: these two fail to come up with a genuinely breadth of funny new characters, flogging a dead horse like no others in the business. I sure their creative team meetings are about who can we offend next and get away with it. The only gay in the village is another character not working at all in the new series. One poignant moment is the denial Lou is suffering over the realization that Andy Pipkin can indeed walk, witnessing it on CCTV, but not wanting to break their bond. That, to me, sums up where Little Britain is right now. Matt and David know it's over but keep plugging away as they have nothing else in their lives but each other...


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                          Hilarious comedy that attacks our stereotypes

                          Every style of comedy has its place in society, so it is only fair that we should experience a piece of comedy that takes the proverbial out of itself and everything stereotypical about us Brits. Thankfully, it's a pair of Brits who do it, in the form of Matt Lucas and David Walliams in their hit show Little Britain. The pair have struggled to get the big break in comedy for a number of years, having experienced differing roles on TV, radio and on paper for a number of years before Little Britain was given the go ahead by some liberal BBC producers who thought it would take off.

                          It has taken the British public by storm with its outrageous and politically incorrect style of comedy, making fun of the disabled, being racist, sizeist, ageist, pretty much everything-ist, and getting away with it at the same time as making us laugh. Characters such as Lou and Andy, the carer and the disabled patient who isn't really disabled, and the OAP Anne who cannot refrain from urinating wherever or whenever she feels like. Also include Daffyd, the only gay in the village, as an outrageously gay Welshman, and other such characters, and take into account that they really are risking being hated by a good number of the population, Lucas and Walliams have taken a big risk and it has worked.

                          The comedy timing and genius scriptwriting makes me laugh out loud, or at least, it did for the firstg couple of years. They have now taken the show across the pond to the States, and have started doing the same with the American stereotypes, although I don't find it that funny and possibly thing it takes it too far and is more rude than funny. The comedy element seems to be lacking. It also needs to be said that Little Britain will not and does not appeal to everyone, and that there will naturally be those who find it downright rude and they should be ashamed of themselves.

                          However, I imagine these people are in the minority, and the majority I know like it and find it very funny. I am included in this group, although I do appreciate how it could easily offend. If it is on TV, do give it a go, but be prepared to be possibly offended, because if you fall into a British stereotype, you'll find yourself ridiculed on there.

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