The complete first season of the comedy show that takes a surreal tour of the British Isles and its curious inhabitants. Matt Lucas and David Walliams introduce us to a host of bizarre characters: juvenile delinquent Vicky Pollard ('No... but yeah... but no'); Daffyd Thomas, the only gay in the village; Jason, the teenager with an unhealthy attraction to his best friend's granny; Sebastian Love, the government aide with a crush on the Prime Minister; Marjorie Dawes, the terrifying FatFighters group leader; Emily Howard, the world's worst transvestite ('I'm a lady!'); and, of course, put-upon helper Lou and his wheelchair-bound friend Andy.
"Britain, Britain, Britain, land of technological achievement. We've had running water for over ten years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru, and we invented the cat," narrates Tom Baker gleefully at the beginning of Little Britain, introducing the first hit show for fledgling digital channel BBC Three and the best new comedy since The League of Gentlemen. In fact, creators and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams acknowledge a large debt to the League, not only in the gallery of grotesques all performed by the duo, but also in the way in which the familiar sketch-show format is expanded by clever use of locale: not Royston Vasey here, but "Britain" itself in all its perverse splendour: from Darkly Noon, where chavette Vicky Pollard seems all too frighteningly real ("Yeah, but no, but yeah. Shut up!"), to the Welsh village with only one gay, to the council estate where buck-toothed Lou looks after apparently wheelchair-bound Andy ("Yeah, I know"), to Kelsey Grammar School where pupils are baffled and confused by their fusty teacher, and many more besides. It's unashamedly puerile stuff and, as with The Fast Show before it, many sketches rely on a single incident or catchphrase repeated over and over in only slightly different contexts. But it works brilliantly, thanks to the characterisations of Lucas and Walliams, their sharp eye for the eccentricities of modern life, and of course that surreal voiceover from Tom Baker.