Matt Lucas Explains Why Little Britain Won't Be Coming Back!
10 October 2017, 16:59
The comedian says the show holds a special place in his heart but reveals why the format wouldn't work in 2017.
It's hard to think of Matt Lucas without thinking of the hilarious characters he played in 'Little Britain' and all the catchphrases that go with it.
From Vicky Pollard's "yeah but, no but" to Daffyd Thomas' "I'm the only gay in the village" the sitcom has gone on to become one of Britain's most iconic comedies.
Now, 10 years since it last aired, Matt says there's no chance of the show ever coming back, at least not starring himself and David Walliams anyway.
Matt, who has released his own autobiography Little Me: My Life From A-Z, believes the controversial comedy wouldn't be well received by a 2017 audience due to the sensitive topics and inappropriate stereotypes depicted in the programme.
"If we did the kind of humour that we did 15 years ago, I think it would offend more people than it did at the time," Matt told heart online.
The comedian also admits that his own personal convictions would see him shy away from certain topics, in particular, dressing up as transgender characters Emily and Florence.
"If we did it now," he explains, "people would feel it was inappropriate and if we did it without all of the offensive things, people would complain that it wasn’t really Little Britain."
So what else is in store for Matt? And who would be on his celebrity parody list in 2017? See what he had to say for himself below!
You’ve written your autobiography Little Me, where you talk about your life in A-Z. Was it quite challenging to open up about your life so much, or did you leave bits out?
I’ve done this as an A-Z so that I can think of the more interesting bits, for example, B is Baldness, G is for Gay and so on. I think that helped me write the book and focus, and there is some really candid stuff in there.
You open up about some troubling experiences in your life like school and suffering from alopecia. Is your sense of humour something that’s helped you through the more troubling experiences in your life?
I think it’s been good for me to have this job as a comedian because even when I get sad about things I hopefully make people laugh, and it stops you dwelling on bad times.
You parodied some famous characters in Rock Profile, did the celebrities all have a good sense of humour about the whole thing?
Most of the people that we ever came across when we were in that show were really cool about, and we became really good friends with George Michael because of it and Geri Halliwell, Robbie Williams and Elton John and they seemed to enjoy it. We were pretty merciless with Gary Barlow, i think we probably went a bit too far. I bumped into him a few times over the years and I’ve always apologised most profusely every time.
If you were to do Rock Profile now, who would be on the parody list?
Sam Smith would be a fun one to do, Mumford and Sons, Adele and Rag n Bone Man, god there are so many new great personalities in pop I think we could have such great fun.
Have you ever watched episodes of Little Britain and thought, 'How did we get away with that?'
If we did Little Britain now, we would be caught between a rock and a hard place. If we did the kind of humour that we did 15 years ago, I think it would offend more people than it did at the time. At the time, most of the people were offended by its vulgarity rather than anything else. Whereas if we did it now, people would feel it was inappropriate and if we did it without all of the offensive things, people would complain that it wasn’t really Little Britain.
Do you think the show could ever come back?
I think comedy has really changed and the cultural landscape has really changed, there are certain things in that show that you just wouldn’t do now - like transgender people for example. I think from a personal perspective I have a great understanding of the challenges people like that face and even with Majorie Doors, that would be considered fat shaming.
Someone else will come along and find a way to do the sketch show in their very own way, but I think if we were doing the show now we would probably do it quite differently.
Matt's autobiography 'Little Me: My Life From A-Z' is autobiography is out now!