Matt Lucas Gives us the Silent Treatment in BBC's Pompidou
Matt Lucas has received the green light for what will be his first solo written series which will introduce some brand new characters whilst featuring guest appearances from som of the world’s top physical comedy performers. The BBC has commissioned a series of six thirty minute episosdes going by the name of Pompidou. If all goes to plan, we can expect to see the series towards the end of next year.
BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen stated that “Matt’s new project is wonderfully original and ambitious. I can’t wait to see what he and his talented team produce,” whilst Comedy Commissioning Controller, Shane Allen said “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.”
Physical comedy has become all the rage lately with some fine acts emerging such as The Boy With Tape on His Face and Doctor Brown. When asked why turning his hand to silent comedy Matt Lucas said that he has always been a massive fan of the visual comedy of the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the UK’s very own Mr Bean.
He went on to say that he’s been preparing the show with two excellent writers, Julian Dutton (Stephen K. Amos Show, Coronation Street) and Ashley Blaker (producer of The Matt Lucas Awards and La La Land), and he is hopeful that the new character creations will appeal to audiences in Britain and overseas. You may well be asking yourself what lies within the name of the show. Pompidou is in fact a central character of the show, an elderly aristocratic English eccentric who has fallen on hard times but manages to remain both positive minded and resourceful.
To date no specific names of guest appearances have been mentioned but there has been talk of a further two BBC shows for the BBC. Firstly, Peter Kay is currently penning a new sitcom for the BBC called Car Share and secondly, if the rumour mill proves true, Frankie Boyle may be making a return although what format that would take or if it will indeed materialise is yet to be confirmed.