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(2003–2006)

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David Walliams personally chose Anthony Head to play the Prime Minister. Whenever asked he answers "Because next to Steve Martin, he's the only man I'll ever turn gay for".
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The sketch involving Mr.T was based on a real life event involving Matt Lucas in his local gym.
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The characters Lou and Andy were originally created for Rock Profile (1999) where they were Lou Reed & Andy Warhol. The characters were changed slightly, but their relationship, and their voices, were established in the earlier show. They new characters retain the original first names.
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams were both huge fans of Doctor Who (1963) as children and Little Britain contains a number of references to the series, including a character called Matthew Waterhouse (Matthew Waterhouse played the companion Adric in the 1980s) and another called Michael Craze (Michael Craze played the companion Ben Jackson in the 1960s). Tom Baker, who played the Doctor from 1974-1981, is the narrator. Lucas had played the Second Doctor in a "Doctor Who" parody in the third season of "Shooting Stars" before landing a recurring role as a companion for both Matt Smiths and Peter Capaldis Doctor. Walliams, however, only had a guest role in "Doctor Who" The God Complex (#6.11) as Gibbis.
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In the week leading up to Christmas 2004, the DVD set of the show's first season was the UK's top selling DVD across all genres, and was the first non-theatrical title to top the charts in Britain since Riverdance had done in 1994.
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Patrick Stewart was considered for the role of the Prime Minister.
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The second series was first shown on BBC Three from 19 October 2004 onwards. When repeated on BBC One in December, it had some of the more graphic references, (the gay/lesbian sex references in the Daffyd sketches for example) cut out and replaced with new material. This was due to a decision that these references were unsuitable for a mainstream audience.
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams stated "The Young Ones" as one of their influences behind "Little Britain".
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The Irish for Wales where a lot of Little Britain characters are from is Bhreatain Bheag. This translates directly as Little Britain
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Matt Lucas stated that Vicky Pollard was partly inspired from a short film that he had made at University which he went up to people and asked "How are you?". Which in the short film, Matt interviewed two boys with Bristol accents.
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Some character's return (or are lookalikes) of characters in Rock Profile. These include: The "Kelsey Grammar school" teacher is also Kula Shaker's teacher. Eugene (see series 2 deleted scenes) looks a lot like Art Garfunkel. The "I was Molly Sugden's bridesmaid" couple look like the couple outside the Prodigy's house Bubbles looks and sounds like Shirley Bassey.
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In one Lou and Andy sketch which takes place at a river. Andy gets insulted and is called Davros because he is in a wheelchair. In "Doctor Who", Davros was the crippled scientist whom created The Daleks. Tom Baker (The Narrator) was the 4th Doctor.
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As of December 2015, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Anthony Head and obviously Tom Baker have all appeared in Doctor Who
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The tiny Dennis Waterman character is based on an actual British television celebrity also named Dennis Waterman. Waterman made a surprise appearance in the charity presentation Comic Relief Does Little Britain: Live (2007), interrupting Williams and Lucas performing a version of their Dennis Waterman sketch. During his appearance, Waterman gets to complain that he does not have a high voice, is not "a midget," and does not sing or write the theme tune of all his shows. To apologize, Williams and Lucas perform one of Waterman's songs with him.
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The show was never considered to be a spin-off of "Shooting Stars". Matt Lucas played Marjorie Dawes in both shows.
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Little Britain Abroad which is the 2 part 2006 Christmas special is believed to be the 4th and final series.
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David Walliams and Matt Lucas both later appeared in Doctor Who (2005). David Walliams played Gibbis in Doctor Who: The God Complex (2011) and Matt Lucas would go on to play Nardole, companion of the Peter Capaldi incarnation of The Doctor.
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When filming the Lou and Andy meet George Michael sketch for Comic Relief. George Michael unintentionally made Matt Lucas smirk and David Walliams stayed in character and improvised the line "You made him laugh. Come on, George, stop messing about! You begged us for this part! You want to mess around, you can go."
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In the press conference with the Prime Minister, one of the reporters gives his name as "Boyd Hilton". Boyd Hilton is a real reporter, who later wrote their biography "Inside Little Britain".
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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is considered as a major influence behind "Little Britain".
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Made its debut on BBC Radio 4 in 2001, running for two short series of five and four half-hour episodes respectively. In 2003, it transferred to television, with an eight episode run on the BBC's digital only channel BBC Three.
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams considered giving Lou and Andy their own spin-off series. Marjorie Dawes in her own sitcom and the Prime Minister and Sebastian in a one-off special.
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A Jason and Granny sketch in Series 2 which saw Jason being caught by Gary, his mom and his sister having sex with Gary's grandmother was filmed, but deleted because it was deemed too naughty and shocking. The deleted scene was featured in the special features on the Series 2 DVD.
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Matt Lucas had played Mr. T before in an parody of "The A Team" in the 3rd season of "Little Britain".
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams stated "The Two Ronnies" as one of their influences behind "Little Britain".
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams stated Reeves and Mortimer as one of their influences behind "Little Britain".
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Anthony Head, who portrays PM Michael throughout the series, went on to play former Tory chancellor Geoffrey Howe in The Iron Lady (2011).
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A decade before the 1st season, Matt Lucas played George and Marjorie Dawes in the hit BBC comedy celebrity panel gameshow Shooting Stars (1993) (TV Series) and David Walliams played The Lift in the CBBC sci-fi fantasy adventure gameshow Incredible Games (1994) (TV Series).
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In the last Fat Fighters sketch of Series 1 which Marjorie strips down to her underwear and is told to lose some weight, Marjorie doesn't have big breasts.
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George Dawes, the scorekeeper whom Matt Lucas played in "Shooting Stars" and was created by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer was not considered by Matt Lucas to be a regular character in the show. Marjorie Dawes was George Dawes's mother in "Shooting Stars".
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Director Cameo 

Graham Linehan: (director of the pilot episode) appears in the first of the two prime minister sketches, as the reporter from "Whizzer and Chips".
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