Come Fly With Me

Mockumentary comedy series set in a busy airport, from 'Little Britain' stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2010 - 2011  (BBC One)
Episodes:
7 (1 series)
Starring:
Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Sally Rogers
Writers:
Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley
Production:
Little Britain Productions
& British Broadcasting Corporation

Comedy series created by the makers of Little Britain, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

The BBC's cameras have been given unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest airport terminals. For months, the producers have followed anyone and everyone to produce this portrait of life at the cutting edge of aviation. From check-in staff to cabin crew, from pilots to paparazzi, and from low-cost airline owners to their passengers, all human life is here - and all played by Lucas and Walliams.

In the first episode, 80-year-old Hetty Wolf takes her first-ever flight with Great British Air; husband and wife pilots Simon and Jackie sort out their marriage at 35,000 feet above Sweden; and Omar Baba, owner of low-cost carrier FlyLo, is forced to do something about the lack of life-jackets on his planes. Meanwhile, Omar's most junior employee, Taaj, is on buggy duty, and Chief Immigration Officer Ian Foot has found a suspicious passport.

Our Review: To put it simply: if you liked Little Britain, you'll more than likely like this. Matt Lucas and David Walliams bring new broadly drawn characters to the screen, just this time in an airport setting.

The duo confirm they have a real talent for creating memorable comedy, as all the characters that appear in this show are well drawn, and have the potential to become audience favourites. Catchphrases are slightly more hidden - but there were quotable lines forming before the first episode has even finished.

Not everyone is a fan - in fact there's a sizable number of people that don't like it (it was always going to be hard to please 10 million people), but the show ended up bedding down to attract a still very impressive 5 million viewers by the end of its run.

As expected, the tabloids needed to fill some space, so the show did meet some controversy along the way... mainly around the fact Lucas and Walliams 'blacked up' to play some of the characters.

With great ratings it comes as no surprise to hear that the BBC has ordered a second series. However, in 2012 it emerged that Matt Lucas didn't want to make any more. David Walliams said: "Matt didn't want to do any more Come Fly With Me. He wanted to do his own thing. I was disappointed. I was hoping to do more because when you've started something like that, one series never seems enough."