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Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, have commissioned a 6x30-minute prime time visual comedy series from Matt Lucas called Pompidou (w/t).

In his first solo authored narrative series, Matt introduces a new set of characters. The series will also feature guest appearances from some of the world's finest physical comedy performers. The series will transmit late 2014.

Danny Cohen says: “Matt's new project is wonderfully original and ambitious. I can't wait to see what he and his talented team produce.”

Shane Allen says: “The concept is wonderfully imaginative, the writing hugely inventive and it’s the perfect vehicle for Matt - one of a handful of performers in the whole world who could pull this off. A sleep-deprivingly exciting project.”

Matt Lucas says: “I'm delighted to be back at the BBC with another show full of new characters - however, unlike Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, this one has no dialogue at all. I've always been a huge fan of the visual comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and of course, our very own Mr Bean.

"I've been working for a while with two great writers - Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker - to create a bunch of new faces which we hope will appeal to audiences in Britain and beyond. At the centre of it is Pompidou himself, an elderly aristocratic English oddball who has fallen on hard times but who remains upbeat and resourceful."

Pompidou was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One and Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning. Devised and written by Matt Lucas, Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker for John Stanley Productions.

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