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Lucas quits Shooting Stars quiz

Matt Lucas as George Dawes
Shooting Stars returned last year after a seven-year break

Little Britain star Matt Lucas has said he will not be appearing in the new series of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's BBC show Shooting Stars.

The comedian, who has played giant baby George Dawes since it began in 1993, said he is "busy writing a new series".

In a statement he said: "I just couldn't fit everything in this time, because we'll be right in the middle of rehearsals and rewrites."

Filming for the comedy panel quiz is scheduled to start in the spring.

"I love being on the show and love working with Vic and Bob and the whole team," Lucas said.

"Of course I'll be watching, and I hope we can all do something together again soon."

Lucas, who went on to make Little Britain with David Walliams after Shooting Stars originally ended in 2002, kept the scores from behind his drumkit, while dressed in a giant babygro.

The show returned to BBC Two last year after a seven-year break.

Reeves and Mortimer will continue to present, with original team captain Ulrika Jonsson returning along with comedian Jack Dee and Angelos Epithemiou.

"We are really looking forward to the new series. We remain determined to try and cheer Jack up, we can't wait to see what Ulrika's going to look like once the surgeon has finally finished tinkering with her and we both hope Angelos is just going to turn up on time," Mortimer joked.

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