Little Britain USA

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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 originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMichael Patrick Jann
Larry Brezner
David Steinberg
Simon Fuller
Producer Stephanie Laing
Production locations Los Angeles and Wilmington, North Carolina
Running time30 minutes
Production companies 19 Entertainment [1]
Reveille Productions
HBO Entertainment
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network HBO
Original releaseSeptember 28 (2008-09-28) 
November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02)
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 by and aired on HBO.

Contents

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

The first series started filming in March 2008 in Wilmington, North Carolina. [2] 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.[ citation needed ]

New guest-stars include Rosie O'Donnell, 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. [3] Rosie O'Donnell also makes an appearance in a "Fat Fighters" segment. [4]

The series was released on DVD in the UK by 2entertain in August 2009. [5]

Ratings

Season 2

On November 27, 2008 on GMTV Matt Lucas announced plans for another season to air in 2009, [9] 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.

In Matt Lucas's autobiography, he wrote that HBO wanted to relaunch the show but first they wanted a ninety-minute special. Lucas and Walliams were reluctant to do ninety minutes of solid sketches and a counter-offer of doing two forty-five minute specials was turned down by the network. [10] [11]

Reception

The show has received a generally mixed response from critics, garnering a 60% approval rating on review aggregator website Metacritic. [12] Mirror wrote: "The sad truth is Little Britain's mix of Monty Python, Kenny Everett, and Dick Emery has run its course. One-joke characters like Lou and Andy and Carol 'computer says no' Beer are being flogged to death. Walliams and Lucas have spent so much time deciding which frocks to wear, they've forgotten to write any gags. And their desperation to be outrageous is now just shockingly tedious." [13]

Main characters

Reprised characters

New characters

Cast

Starring

Guest starring

  • 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
  • Davenia McFadden as Boot Camp Overseer
  • Carla Jimenez as Helen Fisher
  • Matt McGrath
  • Amy Tipton
  • Tom Bower as Pastor
  • Julie Brister as a member of Fat Fighters
  • Preston Corbell
  • Matt Walsh as Business Man at the Urinal/Senator's Press Rep
  • Kevin Gould as Handsome Male Student
  • Robert Vaughn as Paul Getty II
  • Donna Hardy as Ellie Grace's Grandma
  • Ethan LePhong as Darren Chow
  • Toshi Toda as Japanese Prime Minister Udagawa

Special guest starring

Episodes

TitleOriginal airdateProduction code#Special TotalOverall Total
"Little Britain USA (1)"28 September 2008 Flag of the United States.svg
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  • 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 and stands in a trashcan, pretending it's 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). [14]
  • Bubbles Devere gambles everything on the roulette wheel (UK Airing).
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  • 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, and pretends that Mr Doggy told her to.
  • Mark and Tom talk about their sexual exploits (UK Airing).
  • Bubbles Devere gambles everything on the roulette wheel (US Airing).
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  • 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 to talk him out of her paying gambling debts.
  • The hunters shoot a wasp.
  • Emily Howard becomes an artist's model.
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Ellie 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
  • Phyllis pretends that Mr Doggy tells her 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
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  • 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

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