Matt Lucas and David Walliams have ended their professional relationship after more than two decades of performing together. The pair were working on a second series of airport sketch show Come Fly With Me, but Walliams has now confirmed that the show’s return has been scrapped and they are both working on separate projects for the BBC.
Walliams is currently developing a classroom comedy in which he plays a harassed teacher. Meanwhile, Lucas will return to his former role in Les Miserables in London’s West End before fronting BBC1’s The Matt Lucas Awards, in which the ex-Shooting Stars man will hand out a range of ‘alternative’ accolades. He is also thought to have ambitions to move to America in the future.
A mutual friend of the pair told The Sun; “They still get on but as far as being working partners is concerned, that had ground to a halt. They both wanted to do completely different things. Neither wants to be defined by the partnership any more. They want to be known as more than those guys that do Little Britain.”
The pair first met while performing in the Youth Theatre in 1990 and went on to achieve stardom with Little Britain.
Walliams – who will be appearing in new Sky1 gameshow Wall of Fame tomorrow – recently told students at Oxford University: “I want to do something more personal and on a different level. So at the moment we are doing different things. We will re-group at some point and see what the future holds.”