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Two more Baftas for Little Britain

 Little Britain has increased its burgeoning tally of awards, picking up another two Baftas in London last night.

It was named best comedy series for the second year running, and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliamswon best comedy performance, succeeding Ricky Gervias.

Collecting his accolade, Walliams said: “We are really lucky that Ricky Gervais wasn't eligible this year. The Bafta is the big one.”

And picking up the second award, he added: "We'd really like to thank the BBC who have believed in us for many years, even when we were rubbish."

 Lucas agreed: "We were really mediocre. Now we're brilliant, aren't we, so we've made up for it now."

Walliams added that the success of he show was becuase the characters were easily recognisable. He said: "People say ‘I know a Vicky Pollard’, or ‘There’s someone just like her who lives down my road’ - people can identify with the characters even though they are eclectic.

'Some people like the vomiting, some people like the surreal stuff, some people like the campness of it, and some people like the satirical stuff."

Little Britain triumphed over fellow nominees The Catherine Tate show, Harry Hill's TV Burp and The Mark Steel Lectures while Rory Bremner, Julia Davis and Tamsin Greig were also up for best comedy performance.

Elsewhere, Dylan Moran’s Black Books was named best sitcom, and Rhys Ifans won best actor for his portrayal of Peter Cook in Not Only But Always.

 "Winning is a relief," Ifans said. "Being nominated is the award.

 "I was a fan of Peter Cook, I was frightened of doing this role, I turned it down several times, but was finally persuaded.”

Michael Palin was also honoured with a special award for his outstanding contribution to television, from Monty Python's Flying Circus to his travelogues.



Published: 18 Apr 2005

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