The Trailer For Matt Lucas' POMPIDOU Will Make You Want To Stab Out Your Eyes
I had hoped Come Fly With Me would prove to be the low point for Lucas and his comedic partner David Walliams, with a return to form following soon. It hasn't. While I've not kept track of Walliams' more recent work - he's been writing childrens books and adapting them for the screen - a trailer has recently arrived online for Lucas' latest opus, a BBC Two comedy titled Pompidou.
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 is joined by Marion, an elegant Afghan Hound.
Written by, starring, and frequently directed by Lucas this is entirely his baby, the presence of The Thick Of It actor Alex MacQueen notwithstanding, and he clearly intends it to be his answer to Mr Bean - a physical comedy show in which the dialogue, when it exists, is largely gibberish. Lucas, however, is not Rowan Atkinson.
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.
I don't post a lot of things here these days for the sole purpose of saying, "Wow, this is horrible." I find there just aren't enough hours in the day for such pursuits and I'd rather spend my time finding things I actually like. But this is a special class of horrible, coming from someone who really should know better. Beyond saying that I'm a total loss for words ... check it out below.