David Walliams Hints That 'Little Britain' May Return To Our Screens
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Looks like a great life, being David Walliams, doesn't it? Swim the Channel one week, write a best-selling children's book the next... and still find time to offer a verdict on dogs in fancy dress or people singing immaculately-trained opera while shoving cake in their gobs on Britain's Got Talent.
Yessir, you could say he's got it made. But there's one thing most people would really like to see him do, and that's return to the comedy sketch show that launched him into the spotlight - Little Britain.
Well, guess what? He's only bloody gone and said there's a chance it might happen - and it might even take the form of a live show.
Walliams was appearing on Chris Evans' Radio 2 show earlier today when the topic of the show was brought up - and when it came to the subject of a revival, he said: "I would like to return to it. I would like to do a live show again, I think that would be fun."
He also suggested that a 'couple of specials' could be in the offing, adding that he had discussed it with Little Britain co-creator Matt Lucas.
"We were talking about [it], there's an idea to possibly do it for charity as well," he explained.
"The show wasn't that big in America. I think we would do Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland."
So looks like we could be in for more of the popular show then, eh? However, Walliams has previously admitted that a new version of the show would need to move with the times, as he told the Radio Times back in April.
"You'd definitely do it differently," he told the publication. "Because it's a different time now."
"You'd make any comedy differently. We started working on Little Britain nearly 20 years ago, because it was on radio first.
"It's hard to say specifically how it would be different. There's all kinds of tolerances that change. People understand people's predicaments more now. Maybe it's, 'We see this differently, we've got more information,' and it would be a different type of joke."
You'd have to presume he's speaking about characters like the show's transvestite pair Emily ("But I'm a lady") and Florence, who might now seem crass with heightened awareness about transgender issues having come to the fore in recent years.
Meanwhile, the very idea of Walliams donning blackface to play Desiree DeVere might also seem unthinkable now - however, the actor seems unfazed by the idea of resurrecting the show's more controversial characters, even in the wake of his 'different time' comments.
"I wouldn't rule out anything because I basically think you have to be able to make jokes about everything, everyone," he said. "Otherwise there is no point having comedy."
Hmm. Let's see how that pans out then, eh?