In Fall 2005, Britain's immensely popular, award-winning comedy duo took their hit TV program live in an 8-month UK tour that sold out in record time! For those who couldn't get tickets comes this DVD, recorded live at the Blackpool Opera House. All the exuberance and spontaneity of the live performance is captured on DVD. All your favorite characters are present, including Lou and Andy, Vicky Pollard, Emily Howard, Bubbles de Vere, Sebastian Love and Dafydd Thomas. There are no holds barred in this riotous live concert. And the only ticket available in North America comes from BBC Video.
Little Britain Live contains just about everything from Little Britain the BBC television series. Leads Matt Lucas and David Walliams along with familiar faces from the series, reenact skit after skit, extracting new scenarios from the characters that have created die-hard fans. Little Britain Live has the twist however, of being a filmed touring theatrical production, and unlike the series, watching this DVD plays like you are an outsider during an inside joke. The actors are playing to a crowded theatre and often over-hamming, which serves to dilute the characters they worked so hard to perfect. They interact with the audience, address the audience, pause during applause, and sometimes break character, which tends to interrupt the skit of the moment. Clearly they chose to run the performance this way, and in person the magic is probably there, but that magic doesnt transfer well to the impersonal DVD. The stage set-up is impressive, closely mimicking sets from the original program; the costume changes are lightning fast and perfectly timed. Little Britain as a series is a masterpiece of comedy. Little Britain Live is probably best seen live.--Rachel Moss