On the DVD: This is a handsome two-disc set chock full of tasty extras. Lucas and Walliams provide a surprisingly serious commentary, joined in turn by producer Myfanwy Moore and director Steve Bendelack (a League of Gentlemen alumnus). There's the original pilot episode, plus plenty of deleted scenes, live sketches, several behind-the-scenes segments, an interview with Jonathan Ross, and a half-hour Best of Rock Profiles, the hilarious spoof series in which Walliams and Lucas impersonated various rock stars. If that's not enough, you can also select from a gallery to watch all the sketches featuring your favourite characters. Another triumph for Auntie Beeb. --Mark Walker
Matt Lucas and David Walliams play perfectly off each other and act as foils to each other's own style of comedy and impersonation. Each have a wide range of unusual characters but a few stand out more than others, most notably the double act of supposed wheelchair bound Andy and his good-hearted but gulliable friend, Lou. These two are so brilliant in their execution they could have a spin-off series all by themselves. Other highlights include the infamous Vicky Pollard which Matt Lucas gets down to a tee, and the unconvincing transvestite Emily Howard. The first series is outstanding, simple but brilliant, it's a touch of genius with each episode easily watched repeatedly over and over again. By the last episode each character gets some kind of comeuppance but that doesn't mean they won't all be back for a highly anticipated second series.
Instantly quotable this series is a classic- and a must-buy DVD. Everything from the opening credits to the closing 'world record attempt' has you laughing and it's all topped off by Tom Baker's
booming voice describing the bizzare goings on with customary hilarity.
Little Britain. This, in my humble opinion, is the greatest sketch show ever created. Matt Lucas and David Walliams will become TV comedy gods for this (suprisingly) little-known gem. The stupidly over-exaggerated (in a good way, of course) characters will have you splitting sides all around. Examples include:
Vicky Pollard, the unintelligible juvenile "No but yeah but no"
Lou and Andy: A carer and cared-for duo. But does Andy really need that wheelchair? "Yeah I know"
Marjorie Dawes: The evil leader of the 'slimming' group 'FatFighters' "Dust! Anyone? No? Dust!"
The Hotelmaster: A deranged Scotsman who runs an old-style hotel, but does he know which time period he's in? "Maybe we do, and maybe we don't!"
Daffyd Thomas: The self proclaimed only gay in the village. He rants about it, however, he seems to like being the only one. "I'm the only gay in the vill-age."
If I listed all the characters, I'd be here a while. Anyhow, Little Britain is the greatest comedy series I have ever seen. I have loved it ever since I first saw it, a few months ago.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams have produced an incredibly funny 'account' of the lives of 'Real Britain folk', or so Tom Baker puts it.
"Just who is Britain? What do they, and why?"