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Non-dialogue comedy, Pompidou set for prime-time!


BBC One has commissioned a 6×30-minute prime time visual comedy called Pompidou, created, written and starring Matt Lucas with Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker for John Stanley Productions.

Matt will introduce a new set of characters and feature guest appearances from some of the world’s finest physical comedy performers.

Shane Allen, BBC Controller, Comedy Commissioning  says: “The concept is wonderfully imaginative, the writing hugely inventive and it’s the perfect vehicle for Matt – one of a handful of performers in the whole world who could pull this off. A sleep-deprivingly exciting project.”

Matt Lucas says: “I’m delighted to be back at the BBC with another show full of new characters – however, unlike Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, this one has no dialogue at all. I’ve always been a huge fan of the visual comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and of course, our very own Mr Bean.

“I’ve been working for a while with two great writers – Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker – to create a bunch of new faces which we hope will appeal to audiences in Britain and beyond. At the centre of it is Pompidou himself, an elderly aristocratic English oddball who has fallen on hard times but who remains upbeat and resourceful.”

Pompidou will transmit on BBC One late 2014.