Little Britain USA

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Little Britain USA
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Format Sketch comedy
Created by Ben Silverman
David Walliams
Matt Lucas
Simon Fuller
Written by David Walliams
Matt Lucas
Directed by Michael Patrick Jann
David Schwimmer
Starring David Walliams
Matt Lucas
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Patrick Jann
Larry Brezner
David Steinberg
Simon Fuller
Producer(s) Stephanie Laing
Location(s) Los Angeles and Wilmington, North Carolina
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) 19 Entertainment[1]
Reveille Productions
HBO Original Programming
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run September 28, 2008 – November 2, 2008
Chronology
Preceded by Little Britain
Followed by Come Fly with Me
External links
Website

Little Britain USA is an American spin-off-continuation of British sketch show, Little Britain, produced and aired by HBO.

As in the British series, Matt Lucas and David Walliams play the majority of the characters: originals such as Lou and Andy, Daffyd Thomas,[2] Sebastian Love, Marjorie Dawes and Vicky Pollard, as well as new characters not previously seen in the British series.[3]

The first series started filming in March 2008 in Wilmington, North Carolina.[4] HBO showed the first episode of the season in the United States on September 28, 2008; The Movie Network broadcast it in Canada the same day, followed by BBC One on October 3 in the UK.[5]

New guest-stars include Rachael Harris, Bob Stephenson, Paul Rudd (as the President of France), Hilarie Burton, Vivica A. Fox, and Sting. Michael Patrick Jann served as executive producer of the series and directed the majority of the shows. David Schwimmer directed studio-based segments of the show.[6] Rosie O'Donnell also makes an appearance in a "Fat Fighters" segment.[7]

The series was released on DVD in the UK by 2entertain in August 2009.[8]

Ratings[edit]

  • The first episode attracted 540,000 viewers in the US and 4.7 million viewers in the UK (according to Digital Spy[citation needed])
  • The second episode, when shown in the UK, attracted 4.23 million viewers[9]
  • The third episode shown in the UK attracted 4.67 million viewers[10]
  • The fourth episode shown in the UK attracted 3.65 million viewers[11]

Season 2[edit]

On November 27, 2008 on GMTV Matt Lucas announced plans for another season to air in 2009,[12] but in July 2009, HBO announced the show would not return for a second season, but plan to work with Lucas and Walliams on other projects.[13][14]

Main characters[edit]

Original characters[edit]

New characters[edit]

  • Mildred - A grandmother, played by Lucas, who shares strange and often inappropriate facts about her past with her grandson, Connor (Walliams).
  • "Mark and Tom", aka the "Gym Buddies", two new bodybuilder characters who brag about their love lives, but reveal their homosexuality several times. In the final episode of the season, the one played by David Walliams reveals that he has had a sex-change operation.
  • A "sweet" little school girl called Ellie-Grace who, while sharing love sentiments with her mother before parting with her for a short time, inadvertently comes up with some vulgar ones, shocking her mother, who starts to get more stern in reaction. In their final sketch, Ellie-Grace goes for a sleepover and her mother has warned her not to utter any vulgarities. As they are parting, however, her mother accidentally comes up with one herself, traumatising Ellie-Grace.
  • Phyllis Church, a woman who owns a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named "Mr. Doggy" (voiced by Walliams while playing Phyllis). In each sketch, Phyllis — using her deep Mr. Doggy voice — commands herself to do anti-social deeds in public. These anti-social deeds involve taking off her clothes in public and standing in a trash bin, defecating in public and throwing a brick through a shop window.
  • Bing Gordyn - the eighth man (out of nine men) on the moon and an American counterpart of Denver Mills. Bing tries to impress people with his expedition (by donning his spacesuit or by going on about his exploits, for example), to the extent of requesting plumbers for this purpose, but always fails to impress, most likely[original research?] because the moon-landing era has faded away. In his final sketch he pulls a shotgun on a student writing an essay opining that NASA staged all the moon landings.
  • A middle-aged British couple named George and Sandra, who appear in a series of sketches called "Forty Glorious Years". They visit America to celebrate their 40th anniversary. It seems clear, however, that their love died a long time ago - Sandra remains silent when George tries to make conversation (although she utters the word "ornithophobic" in their third appearance): they live permanently in an awkward silence, which makes George angry and verbally abusive to her. In their final sketch, they return to the UK and George insults her.
  • A couple go through divorce because the female has realised her homosexuality. The sketch shows her throughout packing up, and her husband discovers many secrets she has kept from him pointing to this. He inadvertently uncovers a secret of his own, implying his own homosexuality.
  • Senator White, an American counterpart of Sir Norman Fry; he attempts to cover up his homosexual experiences.
  • A pair of hunters who shoot very small animals (such as mice or wasps) as though they were larger targets.
  • A pair of bank-robbers too timid to actually rob a bank.
  • Two couples on vacation who bump into one another and discover that both are called Steve and Wendy Ashby and live in exactly the same house.

Cast[edit]

Starring[edit]

Guest Starring[edit]

  • Peggy Miley as Anna from Fat Fighters
  • Brad Grunberg as Tony from Fat Fighters
  • Leslie Berger as a member of Fat Fighters
  • Geraldine James as Celia Pincher
  • Stevie Mack as a member of Fat Fighters
  • John Richard Petersen as a member of Fat Fighters
  • Matt Malloy
  • Nancy Lenehan as Kelly Pincher



Special Guest Starring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Title Original airdate Production code # Special Total Overall Total
"Little Britain USA (1)" 28 September 2008 United States
3 October 2008 United Kingdom
1 November 2009 Germany
26
  • Lou and Andy check into a Mississippi hotel; Andy needs to urinate and does so in the swimming pool behind Lou's back.
  • Carol Beer, working as a receptionist at a hospital, makes the check-in process impossible.
  • New American character Ellie-Grace goes off to Scout camp, sharing vulgar love-sentiments with her mother as she boards the bus.
  • Marjorie Dawes takes a Fat Fighters class; Rosie O'Donnell joins her.
  • A county sheriff shows his deputies a collection of guns (getting an erection in the process).
  • Mildred, an 82-year-old granny, talks to her grandson Connor about drugs.
  • Bing Gordyn - the eighth astronaut to fly to the moon - talks to a Cub-Scout group.
  • Phyllis Church strips down to her underwear in public, stands in a trashcan on Mr. Doggy's command, and gets arrested.
  • George and Sandra celebrate their wedding anniversary with dinner and awkward silence.
  • Mark and Tom, bodybuilders with stereotypically small penises, talk about their sexual exploits (US Airing).[15]
  • Bubbles Devere gambles everything on the roulette wheel (UK Airing).
"Little Britain USA (2)" 5 October 2008 United States
10 October 2008 United Kingdom
27
  • Vicky Pollard arrives at an American boot-camp.
  • Carol Beer upsets a pregnant woman.
  • Mildred tells Connor about racism in her day.
  • A couple get a divorce after it turns out the wife is a lesbian and the husband turns out to be gay.
  • Marjorie tells the Fat Fighters their low-fat options.
  • The Pinchers visit their American relatives.
  • George and Sandra go to the zoo and see the monkeys.
  • Sebastian Love visits the president of the USA.
  • Phyllis Church poops in public at Mr Doggy's command.
  • Mark and Tom talk about their sexual exploits (UK Airing).
  • Bubbles Devere gambles everything on the roulette wheel (US Airing).
"Little Britain USA (3)" 12 October 2008 United States
17 October 2008 United Kingdom
28
  • Sebastian meets the French President.
  • Vicky attends a group-therapy session at her boot camp.
  • A cleaner looks at men urinating.
  • A pair of hunters shoot a mouse.
  • Dafydd Thomas starts a gay-society at his new university.
  • The Pinchers have breakfast.
  • Bing Gordyn has his radiator fixed.
  • Andy steals a toy-car ride.
  • Bubbles tries to seduce the captain of her cruise ship.
  • The hunters shoot a wasp.
  • Emily Howard becomes an artist's model.
"Little Britain USA (4)" 19 October 2008 United States
24 October 2008 United Kingdom
29
  • Lou and Andy go to a church in the hope that the priest can cure Andy
  • Mildred talks to Connor about being gay
  • Marjorie expresses anger at one of her attendants who has had a gastric band fitted
  • Emily sings with Sting
"Little Britain USA (5)" 26 October 2008 United States
31 October 2008 United Kingdom
30
  • Emily Howard gets arrested
  • A student asks Linda Flint about the due-date for his essay
  • Mark and Tom do stupid things in the gym
  • Vicky tries to escape from boot-camp
  • Elle Grace has her tonsils removed
  • Starbucks talks about locations for their shops
  • A senator very similar to Sir Norman Fry gives a statement about a person he met on the street
  • Two couples called Steve and Wendy Ashby find that they live in exactly the same house
  • Another student asks Linda about his dissertation
  • Andy tries to stroke a lion
  • Mr Doggy tells Phyllis to throw a brick through a window
  • After being put off the ship in Rio and swimming back, Bubbles tries to seduce a rich man
  • Sebastian passes notes to the President, only to have the last passed on to the next person along
"Little Britain USA (6)" 2 November 2008 United States
7 November 2008 United Kingdom
23 December 2009 Australia
31
  • Ellie Grace plans to go to stay with twins; this time her mother says something disgusting
  • Vicky Pollard, in intensive care, has to use a machine to talk
  • The senator makes another speech about a situation in an airport
  • Fat Fighters talk about childhood
  • Carol Beer sorts out a slow-walking, elderly patient registered as "dead", only to receive the finger
  • Emily Howard goes on a blind date
  • George and Sandra's flight home gets delayed
  • Daffyd meets some lesbians on campus
  • Bing Gordyn meets a student studying faked moon-landings who annoys Bing
  • Cecilia Pincher overhears her American relatives making fun of them and becomes enraged
  • The Gym Buddies talk about each other's recent surgery
  • Andy decides that he no longer needs Lou, but then needs him again

References[edit]

  1. ^ Company credits for "Little Britain USA", IMDb, accessed 25 February 2012
  2. ^ I'm the only gay in the USA at The Sun
  3. ^ The Sun Online. "Matt Lucas: I Would Like Kids". London. Retrieved 2007-05-31. [dead link]
  4. ^ "New HBO series will film in Port City". Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Little Britain USA at The Sun
  6. ^ West, Dave (2008-06-06). "'Little Britain USA' to air this autumn". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell Video Blog -- May 24, 2008". 
  8. ^ "Buy Little Britain USA (2 Discs) online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Play.com. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  9. ^ "2.3m interested in 'American Future' - TV News". Digital Spy. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  10. ^ "'News For You' return pulls in 6.1m - TV News". Digital Spy. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  11. ^ "2.5m 'Cookalong Live' with Ramsay - TV News". Digital Spy. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  12. ^ "Lucas, Walliams defend 'Little Britain USA' - TV News". Digital Spy. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  13. ^ HBO scraps Little Britain USA Retrieved 8/22/09
  14. ^ HBO makes more announcements Retrieved 8/22/09
  15. ^ DigitalSpy.co.uk Article - Fans Unhappy With Little Britain USA Edit

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