Come Fly with Me (2010 TV series)

Come Fly with Me

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Genre Comedy, mockumentary
Created by Matt Lucas
David Walliams
Written by Matt Lucas
David Walliams
Kevin Cecil
Andy Riley
Directed by Paul King
Starring Matt Lucas
David Walliams
Narrated by Lindsay Duncan
Composer(s) David Arnold
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mark Freeland
Geoff Posner
Producer(s) Adam Tandy
Editor(s) Ant Boys
Mark Everson
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) Little Britain Productions
BBC Productions
Distributor 2entertain (BBC DVD)
Original network BBC One & BBC One HD
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release 25 December 2010 – 27 January 2011
Related shows Little Britain
Luton Airport
External links
Official website

Come Fly with Me is a British mockumentary television comedy series created by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. Narrated by Lindsay Duncan, the series launched on 25 December 2010 on BBC One and BBC One HD. A spoof of British documentaries Airport and Airline, the series follows the activity at a fictional airport and three fictional airlines: FlyLo (a low cost airline), Our Lady Air (an Irish low cost airline) and Great British Air (a major international British airline).

Lucas and Walliams portray many of the focal airline and airport staff, as well as some passengers, whose comments and experiences are featured in one or more of the series episodes in the style of a "fly on the wall documentary". Despite the BBC announcing a second series, Walliams confirmed in January 2013 that a second series was not going to air.[1]


In June 2010, it was announced that Little Britain stars Lucas and Walliams had reunited to star in a new comedy series set in an airport, a spoof of British documentaries Airport and Airline.[2][3] Filming for Come Fly with Me began in August, with the duo spending two weeks at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.[4][5]

A further three weeks were spent filming at London Stansted Airport,[6] with further weeks of filming at Pinewood Studios. A 'making-of' documentary titled Come Fly on the Wall aired on BBC One on 8 February 2011.[7] On 28 January 2011, the BBC announced it had commissioned a second series.[8][9]




Main characters

Additional characters


Series One (2010–11)

Series One of Come Fly with Me began airing on Christmas Day 2010, and received mixed reviews from critics, and viewers over 12.47 million.[12] Episode Two, which aired on New Year's Day 2011, gained viewers over 8.80 million,[13] and the remaining four episodes averaged around seven million viewers throughout the rest of the series.[14][15][16][17]

The series began airing in the United States on BBC America on 18 June 2011, edited to fit a thirty-minute time slot with commercials.[18]

Come Fly on the Wall (2011)

Come Fly on the Wall discussed the making of Come Fly with Me with Walliams and Lucas. The programme featured clips from filming, outtakes and interviews with the show's creators as they developed the series. It featured pre production discussions and rehearsals, and showed the actors filming at some of the United Kingdom’s busiest airports. It also showed Walliams and Lucas transforming into their new characters in the make up chair, and bringing them to life in front of the camera.

The programme was broadcast on BBC One on 8 February 2011.[19][20]


On 28 January 2011, the BBC announced that the show had been commissioned for a second series. The new series was set to air during 2013. In January 2013, Walliams confirmed that a second season will not air, saying that Lucas does not want to do another show.[21][22]

DVD and Blu-ray release

DVD/Blu-ray Title Discs Year Episodes Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Blu-ray Region B
Complete Series 1 2 2010–11 6 13 March 2012[23] 21 November 2011[24] 24 November 2011[25] 21 November 2011[26]
(Region Free)

Web content

In conjunction with the television episodes, a selection of extra online content was published on the programme website.[27] The extra content, featuring some of the main characters played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, was presented as spoof versions of real life airline websites, for example an on line check in service for fictional airline FlyLo, with Melody and Keeley.[28] The content was written by Kevin Cecil, who also contributed to the television scripts. Cecil was inspired by his own work on comedy tie in books over the years [29]


Come Fly with Me has received mixed reviews, with the Daily Express calling it "the worst sketch show, or sitcom to have ever gone out on a Christmas Day" and expressed concern over its screening on the day, considering the lack of quality.[30] The Daily Mirror, however, claimed it was a resounding success and the claims of racism and lack of humour made by the Express were unfounded.[31] The show was the most watched comedy of 2010, with ten million viewers,[32] but also had thousands of viewer complaints, and criticism for perceived racist content.[33] It was also the third most watched show on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom.[34]



Episode Viewers (millions)
1 12.47
2 8.80
3 7.81
4 7.43
5 7.11
6 7.22

International versions

Main article: Zie Ze Vliegen

A Dutch version of the show was created, using an almost exact copy of the script and characters (translated to Dutch). It was broadcast on RTL 4 from August 2011.


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  29. Come Fly with Me 'online book' Retrieved on 10 January 2011.
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  35. Consolidated viewing figures retrieved from BARB database on 9 February 2011

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