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Little Britain USA set for return

By Frances Cronin
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

David Walliams and Matt Lucas as characters Tom and Mark
Little Britain USA was filmed as a six-part series in March this year

Little Britain USA is to return for a second series, despite claims Americans failed to get the jokes and found it too rude.

Numerous headlines claimed Americans were shocked by the show, but the pair deny that it caused any controversy.

"I don't think it really did," Matt Lucas told Newsbeat.

He says the US network they made it for were very happy.

"We're getting a second series. It was very successful on HBO, it got good viewing figures, great reviews, everyone was really pleased," David Walliams added.

"We're delighted, we're very proud of it."

But they do admit that they pushed taste limits.

"It has some of our most outrageous things in it," said Walliams.

"Tom and Mark those bodybuilders with the big muscles and their small... it's not for everybody but we thought it was funny.

"We're always just trying to entertain people, not offend them, and I think if it's not your cup of tea, don't watch it."

'Nerve-racking'

Lucas and Walliams revealed the news of the second series on the Chris Moyles show while they plugged the programme's DVD release, which is out on 1 December.

Despite the US having stricter rules about what is allowed on TV, Walliams said they didn't tone down any scenes but that there weren't any outtakes for a DVD.
David Walliams and Matt Lucas as characters Sandra and George
Old and new characters were featured in the first series

He said: "I think we put all the really filthy stuff on screen, I think there might be a couple of rude scenes, but that's what you get with Little Britain.

"It's always been quite edgy humour but you know in Shakespeare there are jokes about bottoms and farts, this is the stuff of life and people like that kind of thing."

The comic pair said it did them good to go to the US for the series.

"It was a bit nerve-racking at first because we had to prove we were funny all over again but that's probably a good thing.

"It was like starting again and it was quite an exciting place to be."

Lucas, who is in the middle of filming Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in Hollywood, has become particularly fond of spending time in the city.

"It's very nice to visit Los Angeles, the sun's out and you bump into big celebrities like Same Difference and you can have burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner," he joked.

"Oh yes, and I met Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Will Ferrell. I forgot about them."

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