A small sampling of the nearly fifty characters Matt Lucas and David Walliams portray in Come Fly With Me.
Now Little Britain creators, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, have taken it upon themselves to further blur the line between comic reality and fantasy with Come Fly With Me, a hilarious, often scathing parody of the popular reality show Airport.
Come Fly With Me, winner of the 2011 BAFTA for comedy, takes place in a British airline terminal and, like the show it parodies, focuses on a day in the life of airline employees. The difference is, unless you have a fondness for inept, careless louts, you might not want these employees helping you along on your journey.
You'll meet Omar Baba, penny-pinching founder of FlyLo, Britain's eighth favorite low-cost airline, Taaj, a member of the ground crew who wants to be a filmmaker. (His favorite film? Avatar 2: "It's not out yet but it's gonna be great".) Keely and Melody, FlyLo's bickering check-in girls, married pilots Simon Trent and Jackie, and Precious Little, the world's laziest coffee kiosk lady. Over fifty characters will appear during the course of the episodes, all played by Lucas and Walliams, who are aided award-winning costume and make-up teams.
It is an ambitious undertaking and judging by the first three episodes, one that might last a few seasons (or "series," as they say in the U.K.). That said, the humor can be mean-spirited: Ian Foot, chief immigration officer, might be the most bigoted character on television. If you don't mind a smattering of that sort of thing, you'll enjoy Come Fly With Me. The show is smart, laugh out loud funny, and a unique addition to BBC America's Britcom lineup.
Come Fly With Me airs on Saturdays at 11:30 PM ET on BBC America.