Little Britain is a British character-based comedy sketch show which was first broadcast on BBC radio and then turned into a television show. It was written by comic duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas. The show’s title is an amalgamation of the terms ‘Little England’ and ‘Great Britain’, and is also the name of a Victorian neighbourhood and modern street in London.
The show comprises sketches involving exaggerated parodies of British people from all walks of life in various situations familiar to the British. These sketches are presented to the viewer together with 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 is derived from the British audience’s self-deprecating understanding of either themselves or people known to them.
An American continuation of the show, entitled Little Britain USA was broadcast in 2008. This series was shown on HBO in the US, HBO Canada in Canada, BBC One in the UK and on Network Ten in Australia, as well as various other television channels across the world.
Many of the characters on the show have their own often-repeated catchphrases, which have become well known in the United Kingdom, and the show has gained a mainstream following.
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