Matt Lucas to star in silent BBC comedy
Matt Lucas has signed up to front a new silent comedy for the BBC in which he will play aristocratic "oddball" Pompidou.
Matt Lucas will star in a silent comedy series for the BBC.
The 'Little Britain' comedian is due to return to TV screens in a six-part show about the misadventures of Pompidou, who is described as "an elderly aristocratic English oddball who has fallen on hard times".
Matt said he was "delighted to be back at the BBC with [a] show full of new characters [but] no dialogue at all", and hopes the comedy will "appeal to audiences in Britain and beyond".
He added that he was "a huge fan of the visual comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and of course, our very own Mr Bean."
The show - titled 'Pompidou' - is being billed as "wonderfully original and ambitious" by BBC bosses.
What's more, it has been reported Ant and Dec are planning a similar venture for ITV and are hoping to revive silent comedy by fronting a new wordless sketch show.
A source said: "Ant and Dec had a great idea for a comedy which is completely silent. There will be some slapstick, but it won't just be full of physical gags.
"They have already started working on a script and hopefully they will find time to film it this year or early next."