Little Britain stars 'are offered £3M to bring comedy to Netflix'

Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas ‘are offered £3M to bring comedy to Netflix’… as hit BBC show is set to return after 15-year absence

Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have reportedly been offered £3million to bring their revived comedy to Netflix.

Comedians Walliams, 48, and Lucas, 46, last produced a UK version of their show for the BBC in 2005, and released a US version of the sketch series for HBO in 2008.

And sources have now told The Sun that streaming giant Netflix is hoping to clinch the show with a highly lucrative offer as Little Britain makes its anticipated return.

Big business: Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have reportedly been offered £3million to bring their revived comedy to Netflix (pictured in September 2019)

‘Netflix have set up phone meetings next week with David and Matt. The offer they are making is more than double the BBC could make. It’d be a package of well over a million each.

‘David and Matt don’t need the cash but bosses at Netflix know they are a more viable option for the brand.’

Added the source: ‘David and Matt have agreed to give the BBC due consideration. But the idea of taking Little Britain global and working in a less restrictive environment is a really attractive prospect.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for David Walliams and Matt Lucas for comment. 

Cashing in: Sources claimed that streaming giant Netflix is hoping to clinch the show with a highly lucrative offer as Little Britain makes its anticipated return (pictured in a show still)

News of the comedy favourite’s return comes after the iconic duo resurrected the show in a special Little Brexit episode for Radio 4 in October.

Fans of the programme’s unabashed humour may be disappointed, as Walliams and Lucas both said they would have to make a different show to match the times.

Little Britain was first introduced to the public on Radio 4 in 2000, before it was adapted for the screen two years later.

It ran for three series and several specials and was watched by more than nine million viewers at its peak.

Legendary: Comedians Walliams, 48, and Lucas, 46, last produced a UK version of their show for the BBC in 2005, and released a US version of the sketch series for HBO in 2008

The sketch mocked different areas of British society and took its inspiration from the phrase Little Englander.

Characters including wheelchair-user Andy, Dudley and Ting Tong, Bubbles and Desiree, Emily and Florence and Daffyd may fall foul of today’s PC police.

Williams was adamant it did not mock minorities, adding ‘comedy for me is celebrating things’.

Actor, TV personality and children’s author Walliams said he and Lucas have faced calls to appear in more shows together.

Is it back? It comes following reports that the show could be returning to screens in the future, though it remains to be seen whether any of its characters will stand in today’s culture

The former comedy duo were not seen together for seven years until May 2018, when they both attended Dale Winton’s funeral.

In his autobiography, Lucas revealed how tensions boiled between the pair in 2005 during their Little Britain Live tour, leading to a spectacular backstage fight.

The pair first met in The National Youth Theatre, and broke onto the comedy scene with Little Britain.

In September, Walliams and Lucas reunited when they appeared in a photo together which was posted on Twitter.

Filthy: Characters included wheelchair-user Andy, Dudley and Ting Tong, Bubbles and Desiree, and Vicky Pollard (pictured)

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