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TV Review — Come Fly With Me

The Little Britain boys are back with their new entertaining production Come Fly With Me that leaves no boundary untouched, and no stereotype avoided, says Brendan Lucas.

Cross-dressing, homophobic, racist, and abusive. It has been a while, but the Little Britain boys are back breaking all the rules, and this time with their airport spin off ‘mockumentary’ Come Fly With Me, which aired on Channel Nine on Monday at 8pm.

In conjunction with the BBC, David Walliams and Matt Lucas bring to the table much of their flair as we may have seen in previous productions Little Britain (2003), and the follow up, Little Britain USA (2007).

We are opened up to the world of a fictional airport housing three airlines FlyLo, Our Lady Air and the more famous Great British Air where these two boys wreak havoc. If you have never been fond of their confronting humour then look away.

As with all good ‘mockumentaries,’ acting is an important part for these two comedians, who play an almost insurmountable 36-character cast. Albeit, they do it, and quite well I might add. Although the extensive character list does limit the possibility of extensive story development, which this show seems to lack.

We as an audience are first introduced to the airline tycoon of FlyLo, the equivalent of Jetstar in Australia, Omar Baba (played by Walliams) who is the founder and owner. He is one of Britain’s high profile businessmen, and as a part of the cost-cutting airline, quite self-indulged and negligent when it comes to passenger safety, as he explains to us about the lack of life-jackets on his planes.

The boys play each of the characters so well — seamlessly shifting from one persona to the next. The character range compliments everything these boys are known for: crossing boundaries, race, and even sex, and each to their own will shock you. From a luggage car pimp, to Asian students, to a black lady who owns the coffee stall she has been working at for 20 years; an annoying elderly woman flying for the first time, to a shifty Immigration Officer; you name it, this show has it.

What the show lacks in believability it makes up for in satirical humour. The setting however seems to restrict the growth of the characters, and one can only wonder how long it will take before the scenarios played out become stale and jokes begin to run dry. Fortunately for the show there are only six episodes — a shame though that they have not diversified the setting as seen in previous productions.

Scenarios like security assistants patting down people inappropriately, gay airline stewards placing babies in the overhead lockers, and an Immigration Officer letting a suspicious Indian man pass as a young teenage girl will leave you in stitches glued to your seat — however, unfortunately only for around 20 minutes.

Do not get me wrong, this show is not Little Britain quality. It does risk becoming tedious, but it is a good laugh for a Monday night which is otherwise void of any decent programming. These boys sure know how to entertain, and they seem to do it time and time again.

Brendan Lucas is a second year Bachelor of Journalism student. You can check out his blog, sparkadiar. This is his first piece for upstart.

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