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Little Britain 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (2003–2006)
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.
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Series cast summary:
Matt Lucas ...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2006
David Walliams ...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2006
Tom Baker ...  Narrator 23 episodes, 2003-2006
Paul Putner ...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2006
Anthony Head ...  The Prime Minister 23 episodes, 2003-2006
Joann Condon Joann Condon ...  Fat Pat 21 episodes, 2003-2006
Charu Bala Chokshi Charu Bala Chokshi ...  Meera 20 episodes, 2003-2006
Steve Furst ...  Various Roles / ... 16 episodes, 2003-2006
Leelo Ross Leelo Ross ...  Tanya 14 episodes, 2004-2006
Ruth Jones ...  Myfanwy 14 episodes, 2003-2006
Stirling Gallacher ...  Margaret / ... 13 episodes, 2003-2005
Stephen Aintree ...  Fat Fighters Taxi Driver / ... 10 episodes, 2003-2005
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Based on the highly successful Radio 4 series, Little Britain is a hilarious exploration of the British Isles and its curious inhabitants after a successful pilot earlier this year. The programme travels from the Scottish highlands, through Wales, the tranquil English countryside and the less tranquil council estates of Britain's inner cities, while the narrator (Tom Baker) adds his insightful and eloquent comments for those less familiar with these fair Isles Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Grã-Bretanha See more »

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| (12 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The sketch involving Mr.T was based on a real life event involving Matt Lucas in his local gym. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: Roy! Roy!
[long pause]
Roy: Yes!
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Crazy Credits

The narrator, Tom Baker, says a different random thing about Britain and/or its people as the opening credits play in each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2005 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation showed repeat episodes as fillers, condensed to 15 minutes with the title Very Little Britain. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Neighbours: A Fistful of Dobbers (2006) See more »

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Ouch.
28 December 2004 | by kafka-21See all my reviews

Dear me, this is pretty mediocre stuff. Without meaning to be too much of a snob, it didn't bode well that the main quote on the cover of the DVD (which I was given for Christmas) was from The Sun. And watching this is fairly painful stuff: this is comedy by people who don't understand comedy--but who believe that they do.

It's self-consciously 'edgy' where the League of Gentlemen is the genuine article; it's repetitive, as others have noted--but more importantly, it's uninspired, and where other shows (say, The Fast Show) get tiresome after a while but at least have a real initial spark to them, this is just... empty. And that emptiness is made the more apparent by the awful laugh track, which smacks of having been dubbed on.

Even as character studies, Little Britain's sketches fall flat-- there is no compelling depth to them, no underlying psychology to extends beyond mere caricature. I've been rather bewildered by those on this site who have been praising its lack of 'political correctness': the sad thing is that this isn't 'daring'; it's merely rather reactionary stuff, and it's all been done better, more interestingly, and *funnier* elsewhere.

Ultimately, the sad thing is that Little Britain is precisely that: it's insular British 'comedy' of a very base, unintelligent English kind--always making the obvious joke, relying on innuendo and on catchphrases, and winking at the audience to make sure everyone understands it's trying to be funny. It steals liberally from *good* British humour -- everything from The League of Gentlemen to Bottom. It doesn't know what to do with the good ideas that it does have, except to keep bashing them hamfistedly at the audience. And it's just not very funny. I just hope that people won't think that this is 'good' British humour, merely because it tries to be irreverent.


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