Matt Lucas & Alex MacQueen Set As Leads In BBC One Visual Comedy ‘Pompidou’

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Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and Alex MacQueen (The Thick Of It) have been are to lead the cast of BBC One’s new “visual comedy” Pompidou.

Pompidou follows the titular character, an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times, and Hove, Pompidou’s long-suffering butler, who live in a clapped-out old caravan, parked in front of his now crumbling estate. In each episode the duo face new challenges, from stealing back a priceless bowl they once owned, to extracting a live bird which has flown into Hove’s mouth and is nesting in his stomach.

Matt Lucas has been cast as Pompidou; while Alex MacQueen will play Hove. In addition, Bella Emberg (Benny Hill Show), Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street), Jane Asher (Dancing On The Edge), and Tony Way (Game Of Thrones) have been lined up for cameos in Pompidou. Production on the series is currently underway for a 2015 premiere.

The comedy series was written by Matt Lucas, Julian Dutton & Ashley Blaker and is being produced by John Stanley Productions. The executive producers are Chris Sussman and Layla Smith; while Charlie Hanson and Katie Mavroleon are set to produce. Charlie Hanson and Matt Lucas are also attached to direct.

“Matt has worked incredibly hard on creating a unique comedy universe for Pompidou”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “Only someone of his immense talent and experience could achieve something that feels so modern and inventive which also has an underlying nod to past classic comedy masters like Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. It’s rare to have a comedy the whole family can enjoy together.”