Pompidou. Pompidou (Matt Lucas). Copyright: John Stanley Productions.


BBC Two sitcom / sketch show. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2015. Stars Matt Lucas and Alex Macqueen.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Hunger

Pompidou, his butler Hove, and their Afghan Hound Marion are hungry. There's no food in their caravan and no money either. A desperate attempt to find something to eat sees Hove end up in a sticky situation. It's up to Pompidou to get him out.

Further details

Pompidou. Image shows from L to R: Albert (Roy Barraclough), Pompidou (Matt Lucas). Copyright: John Stanley Productions.

Pompidou, Hove and Marion are broke and hungry. Albert, a fisherman, comes by the caravan asking for directions to the lake which gives Pompidou an idea - if they go fishing they'll have something to eat. Pompidou and Hove join an unimpressed Albert fishing at the lake where Pompidou is, as expected, useless. While Albert snoozes there's a tug on his fishing rod. So Pompidou orders Hove to quietly reel in the fish, but Albert, while dosing, snuggles up to Hove as he tries to grab the fishing rod. Albert wakes and shocked at the sight of Hove pushes him in the lake!

Hove and Pompidou leave empty-handed and still very hungry. Spotting a bird in a tree, they attempt to entice it down with a juicy worm. But, the bird flies into Hove's open mouth and into his belly. Cue Hove and Pompidou rushing to hospital.

At the hospital, the receptionist implies it might be weeks until Hove is operated on, which gives Pompidou an idea. The Nurse discovers Hove missing from his bed and the doctor sound asleep in Pompidou's. Pompidou, now dressed as the doctor, is in the operating theatre playing surgeon. He cuts Hove open and the bird is released!

Back at the caravan, Albert, feeling bad for pushing Hove into the lake, brings him a fish as a peace offering, but the fish wriggles and jumps straight into Hove's mouth!

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st March 2015
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Matt Lucas Pompidou
    Alex Macqueen Hove
    Guest cast
    Roy Barraclough Albert
    Alex Lowe Doctor
    Ivan Gonzalez Bandaged Man
    Ayesha Antoine Nurse
    Sally Bankes Matron
    Katy Secombe Hospital Receptionist
    Joyce Veheary Theatre Nurse
    Beattie Edmondson Theatre Nurse
    Abbie Murphy Colleague
    Zara Tempest-Walters Colleague
    Andrew Francis ENT Doctor
    Anjali Mya Chadha Ward Receptionist
    Writing team
    Matt Lucas Writer
    Ashley Blaker Writer
    Julian Dutton Writer
    Jon Foster Writer (Additional Material)
    James Lamont Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Charlie Hanson Director
    Matt Lucas Director
    Charlie Hanson Producer
    Katie Mavroleon Producer
    Layla Smith Executive Producer
    Jon Blow Editor
    Dennis De Groot Production Designer
    Kevan Frost Composer
    Matt Lucas Composer
    Andy Heath Puppeteer
    Yvonne Stone Puppeteer


    Hospital gown

    Pompidou doesn't like the hospital gown, so he modifies it to his liking.

    Featuring: Matt Lucas (Pompidou), Alex Lowe (Doctor), Ayesha Antoine (Nurse).


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