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


BBC Two sitcom / sketch show about an impoverished aristocrat. 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
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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