Little Britain star to play Pompidou

Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me) takes the titular role of Pompidou, an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times. Alex MacQueen (The Thick Of It, Hunderby) plays the character of Hove, Pompidou’s long-suffering butler.

There will also be cameo appearances from Bella Emberg (Benny Hill Show, Russ Abbott Show), Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street), Jane Asher (Dancing On The Edge, Alfie), Tony Way (The Fast Show, Game Of Thrones).

In a clapped-out old caravan, parked in front of his now crumbling estate, lives Pompidou, a tubby, pompous, penniless, eccentric, yet ultimately lovable aristocrat. He is served by his loyal butler Hove and the pair are joined by Marion, an elegant Afghan Hound.

Each week Pompidou and Hove face a new challenge, from stealing back a priceless bowl they once owned, to extracting a live bird which has flown into Hove’s mouth and is nesting in his stomach.

Matt Lucas said: “This is the show I’ve always wanted to make, And I can’t wait to start filming.”

Pompidou will air in early 2015