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David Walliams wants ‘Little Britain’ to make a comeback.
The 48-year-old actor reunited with Matt Lucas – who co-wrote and starred in the comedy sketch show from 2003 to 2005 – once again for a special ‘Little Brexit’ episode on BBC Radio 4 in October, and now the iconic comedy duo are in talks to bring back the beloved series and the nation’s favourite characters.
During Monday’s (02.12.19) episode of ‘This Morning’, David said: "Yeah, we might do! We’re just talking about it at the moment. Matt has his last night in ‘Les Miserables’ – the stage show – tonight, so we’re meeting up very soon and talking about our future plans.
"We did a special episode called ‘Little Brexit’ – because we started on Radio 4. We’d love to do more, maybe do something new."
The politically-charged special caught up with the characters – including Dafydd, Vicky Pollard, Emily Howard, Marjorie Dawes, Mr Mann, and Lou and Andy – to find out how Brexit is affecting their lives.
The show originally aired on the radio station in 2000 before moving to the BBC as a TV series which ran for three series and won back-to-back BAFTAs for Best Comedy Performance.
However, in 2017 Matt confessed he would make ‘Little Britain’ differently now if he was having another go, because "society has moved on a lot" and he had changed his own opinions.
He admitted: "If I could go back and do ‘Little Britain’ again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites.
"I wouldn’t play black characters. Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now.
"Society has moved on a lot since then, and my own views have evolved. There was no bad intent there – the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play."
‘Little Britain’ featured sketches of the likes of fictional teenage delinquent Vicky Pollard, played by Matt, and he and David also portrayed transvestites Florence and Emily Howard, whose catchphrase was: "I’m a lady!"
Matt added: "Now I think it’s lazy for white people to get a laugh just by playing black characters. My aim is to entertain, I don’t have any other agenda. And as I’ve got older, I’ve become more empathetic, I care more about hurting people."

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