Production commences on Pompidou - new BBC One visual comedy from Matt Lucas

This is the show I've always wanted to make and I can't wait to start filming.Matt Lucas
Date: 17.06.2014     Last updated: 17.06.2014 at 09.32
BBC One announced today that shooting has begun on Pompidou, a new prime-time visual comedy series created by and starring Matt Lucas.

Pompidou will be filmed in the UK and comprises six 30-minute episodes to air early 2015.

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.

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.

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), and Tony Way (The Fast Show, Game Of Thrones).

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 says: “This is the show I've always wanted to make and I can't wait to start filming."

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning for the BBC, adds: “Matt has worked incredibly hard on creating a unique comedy universe for Pompidou. Only someone of his immense talent and experience could achieve something that feels so modern and inventive which also has an underlying nod to past classic comedy masters like Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. It’s rare to have a comedy the whole family can enjoy together.”

Pompidou was commissioned by Danny Cohen, former Controller of BBC One, and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. It is a John Stanley production for BBC One, devised and written by Matt Lucas with Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker. Executive Producers are Chris Sussman for the BBC and Layla Smith for John Stanley Productions. Produced by Charlie Hanson and Katie Mavroleon for John Stanley Productions. Directed by Charlie Hanson and Matt Lucas.