Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Lucas enlists veterans for new show

Matt Lucas will play the title role in Pompidou about an oddball aristocrat fallen on hard times and reduced to living in a caravan in front of his crumbling mansion

Little Britain star Matt Lucas has gathered together a veteran cast including Bella Emberg, Roy Barraclough and Jane Asher for a new comedy show.

The comic and actor will play the title role in Pompidou about an oddball aristocrat fallen on hard times and reduced to living in a caravan in front of his crumbling mansion.

The show, dubbed "a visual comedy" by the BBC, has a script mainly made up of gibberish with a few coherent catchphrases.

He said: "This is the show I've always wanted to make, And I can't wait to start filming."

Inbetweeners actor Alex McQueen will play his long-suffering butler Hove while former Russ Abbot star Emberg, Barraclough and Asher will have cameo roles.

BBC comedy boss Shane Allen said: "Matt has worked incredibly hard on creating a unique comedy universe for Pompidou.

"Only someone of his immense talent and experience could achieve something that feels so modern and inventive which also has an underlying nod to past classic comedy masters like Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy.

"It's rare to have a comedy the whole family can enjoy together."

Six episodes will be broadcast early next year.

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