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With many British TV stations broadcasting top American sitcoms, it’s hard sometimes to watch shows from this country. Most of the British shows seem to be low budget by comparison.

But a program called “Little Britain” doesn’t need a lot of money to showcase its stuff in an entertaining way. Sort of like “Monty Python,” the show is a sketch comedy that pokes fun at fictional British personalities.

British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams are the stars, dressing in drag, employing various British accents and playing quirky characters.

One character is a pony-tailed hypnotist, Kenny Craig, who uses his mind-altering powers to get his way. There’s Daffyd, who proclaims to be the only gay person in his village and flaunts his homosexuality by wearing outrageous tight rubber clothing.

Then there’s Emily Howard and Florence, two drag queens who wear dresses and wigs. One sports a moustache.

Perhaps the most famous characters are Lou and Andy. Lou cares for Andy, who uses a wheelchair — or at least Lou thinks he does. When Lou isn’t looking, Andy can stand up and do whatever he pleases to make things as difficult as possible for his caretaker.

The show’s popularity has grown so much from its 2003 debut on BBC 3 that HBO is planning to do an American version. A “Little Britain” video game was released this month.

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