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Matt Lucas in BBC One's new silent comedy Pompidou: First look

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BBC One has revealed casting and a first image for Matt Lucas's new comedy series Pompidou.

The six-parter - now shooting for broadcast in 2015 - is inspired by Lucas's passion for classic silent comedy, such as the works of Charlie Chaplin.

Matt Lucas in BBC One's Pompidou

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Billed as a "visual comedy series", Pompidou will star the Little Britain comic as the title character - an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times.

Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners) plays Hove - Pompidou's long-suffering butler - while the likes of Bella Emberg, Roy Barraclough, Jane Asher and Tony Way will make cameo appearances.

"Matt has worked incredibly hard on creating a unique comedy universe for Pompidou," said Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning for the BBC.

"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 has been devised and written by Matt Lucas with Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker. Lucas will also direct with Charlie Hanson.

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