|Written by||David Walliams|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||36 (|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||Radio series:|
3 August 2000 – 5 February 2002
9 February 2003 – 1 January 2007
Little Britain is a
The programme consists of a series of sketches involving exaggerated parodies of British people from all walks of life in various situations familiar to a British audience. Each of them is introduced with a voice-over narration in a manner which suggests that the programme is a guide – aimed at non-British people – to the ways of life of various classes of British society. Despite the narrator's description of "great British institutions", the comedy arises from the British audience's self-deprecating understanding of either themselves or of people known to them. The programme's title is in part an elaboration of the term
Little Britain initially appeared as a radio show, produced by Edward Flinn, which ran on
Radio 4 began a
Like several other BBC comedies (such as
The first TV series was one of the new programmes in the launch line-up for digital channel
The second series, featuring several new characters, began on BBC Three on 19 October 2004. Its continued popularity meant the repeats moved to
A third series began on 17 November 2005, for the first time on BBC One and not BBC Three, and ended six weeks later. After its transmission, it was unclear whether there would be another, as many sketches were given dramatic twists and "wrapped up" — (see individual character articles). Lucas and Walliams were reportedly in talks for a fourth series with the BBC. Furthermore, they admitted in an interview they preferred to "kill off" certain characters in order to make way for new ones.
In 2005, to raise money for
In 2006, a two-part
As a success of the television series, Lucas and Walliams created a travelling stage show based upon their series.
In 2007, Matt Lucas and David Walliams announced that there would be no more of the British Little Britain, but they taped an American continuation of the programme entitled Little Britain USA, which featured both returning characters from the British series as well as new American characters. According to David Walliams, the new show is "effectively Little Britain season four". The show debuted on
Crossover between the UK and USA versions. Last episode to feature Matt Lucas.
The latest instalment of the series. Features David Walliams reprise the role of Emily Howard. Matt Lucas does not feature