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Strike delays US Little Britain
Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams
Lucas and Walliams have made three series of Little Britain to date
Comedian Matt Lucas has revealed the US version of Little Britain has been put back because of the writers' strike.

"We're members of the Writers Guild of America so our show is on hold," Lucas told BBC Radio One's Newsbeat.

"We obviously didn't want to break the strike, so we're just waiting for them to reach an agreement," he continued.

Members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) began their industrial action on 5 November in a bid to get more money from DVD and internet sales.

Filming of almost everything in America is on hold at the moment
Matt Lucas
The six-part series, starring Lucas and his comedy partner David Walliams, was scheduled to begin shooting in the US this autumn.

The show, which will be broadcast next year on pay-TV network HBO, was "pretty much written," according to Lucas.

"But when you're in rehearsal you change things and write new sketches, and when you're on the set you change things," he added.

'Really excited'

The US series' title has yet to be confirmed, continued the 33-year-old, but would probably feature Little Britain in some form.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams as Little Britain's Andy and Lou
The show sees them play a variety of outlandish comic characters
"This is effectively series four," he told BBC Radio One. "But there's a kind of way into it if you've never seen the show before."

"I can't tell you too much about the characters because I don't want to ruin it," he said.

"But we've worked really hard on it, we've been writing solidly for about eight months, and we're really excited about it."

Little Britain started out on radio six years ago before spawning a TV sketch programme and a touring stage show.


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