For the first time in almost a decade, Little Britain is returning. The BBC has announced that Matt Lucas and David Walliams will be reprising their sketch show for a special Brexit-themed show on Radio 4.
But there’s just one problem: people really don’t want it.
At least that’s what we can gather from the reaction to the announcement on Twitter. Although some were excited to hear from characters including Dafydd, Vicky Pollard and Lou and Andy once more, the majority weren’t taken by the Little Brexit announcement.
In fact, many voiced concerns that the show’s brand of un-politically correct humour would simply be offensive to today’s audiences.
Some also highlighted how Lucas himself had expressed such worries in 2017. “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,” he told Big Issue.
“Society has moved on a lot since then, and my own views have evolved.”
“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. There was no bad intent there – the only thing you could accuse us of was greed” Matt Lucas
Sioned Wiliam, commissioning editor for Radio 4 comedy, said: “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.”
The original Little Britain series, first aired on BBC Radio 4 before moving to BBC3 in 2003. The sketch show ran for a further four years and featured characters such as ‘only gay in the village’ Dafydd and teenage delinquent Vicky Pollard.
Little Brexit will air on BBC Radio 4, 6.30pm on Thursday 31st October