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Little Britain: Netflix ‘offers £3m’ to Matt Lucas and David Walliams for comedy reboot

Pair have teased a revival of the BBC sketch show, and reunited for a Brexit special for radio in 2019

Adam White
Thursday 26 March 2020 11:20 GMT
BBC's Little Britain: intro to the show

Netflix has reportedly offered Matt Lucas and David Walliams £3m for a Little Britain reboot.

Rumours of a revival of the hit BBC sketch show have circulated since 2019, when the pair returned for a one-off radio episode titled Little Brexit.

Now Netflix has allegedly stepped in with a lucrative offer for more episodes.

“Netflix has set up phone meetings next week with David and Matt,” a source told The Sun. “The offer they are making is more than double the BBC could make.

“It’d be a package of well over a million each,” the source continued. “David and Matt don’t need the cash but bosses at Netflix know they are a more viable option for the brand.”

Walliams hinted in January that a revival was in the works, teasing: “‘I would say there will definitely be some more Little Britain coming. I can’t say when exactly but at the right time and place.”

In 2017, Lucas said that a Little Britain reboot would have to be radically different as it would “upset a lot of people” if it came back exactly the same.

“There was a character who was a rubbish transvestite who said ‘I’m a lady’,” he recalled. “She was fun at the time but I think we look differently at the transgender community now and it would be very hard to do that.

“It would be very hard to play characters of other races now and even [weight-loss guru] Marjorie. People talk about that now in terms of fat shaming. We would definitely approach it very differently.”

Lucas was this month announced as the replacement for Sandi Toksvig on Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off.

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