Come Fly With Me
Having debuted on Christmas Day in 2010, Little
Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ next move—after the
live shows and a US version—is largely successful. In the excellent
one-hour behind-the-scenes bonus, they are quite adamant they wanted a
clean break with the phenomenally successful show, which spawned
numerous catch-phrases and iconic characters.
Set in a fictitious airport in the UK (but impressively
shot in and around several real terminals), we are again given a
hyperbolic peek into different layers and people of British society.
Come to think of it, the airport is great place to look at them, because
these days, most people do fly. Most of the characters are grotesques,
physically and morally. We have the pompous owner of a very budget
carrier, we have the super-gay flight attendant who will stop at
nothing, the bitchy check-in girls, the lazy coffee-stall woman, the
dodgy immigration crypto-fascist, the father and son baggage ‘handlers’
plus numerous others.
Anyone familiar with the duo’s comedy will not be phased
by the morbid humour. If anything, it is slightly toned down in Come
Fly With Me, the result being that the show is more anchored in
reality. It reminds the viewer of all the nuisances of airports and
flying, from the queues to economy seats to the envy we have for those
in business or even first class.
Narrator Lindsay Duncan’s soothing, authoritative voice
is just right. This mockumentary takes itself quite seriously, in the
vein of such shows as Airline and many others.
The bonus features include the one-hour ‘Come Fly on the
Wall’, which is both a behind-the-scenes and an interview with the two
stars about their writing, ideas and performance and is very
interesting, a photo gallery and five BBC One Christmas Idents. Sound is
Dolby 2.0, which should have been surround. The image quality is very
clear, which is increasingly the case these days for TV, having been
shot in high definition.
I would recommend it for those familiar with this type of
comedy or for those wanting to get into it.