BBC One comedy Come Fly With Me will not be returning for a second series despite the corporation ordering one. The first series of the comedy starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams launched on Christmas Day 2010 to strong ratings.
Although 10 million viewers watched the opening episode, making it the third most watched programme of Christmas Day, the series was blasted by critics. It was also subject to complaints from some viewers who felt it was racist. However, Come Fly With Me maintained strong ratings throughout its run. The comedy was spoof of docu-soaps such as Airline and Airport which were once very popular.
In a new interview with Esquire magazine actor David Walliams has revealed that a second series will not now happen. Walliams told the magazine that while he was keen to produce more episodes comedy partner Matt Lucas “wanted to do his own thing”. Walliams confessed he was “disappointed – I was hoping to do more because when you’ve started something like that, one series never seems enough”
Come Fly With Me featured a range of characters played by the duo such as Coffee Shop owner Precious and Flylo check-in girls Melody and Keeley with actress Lindsay Duncan narrating the series. The comedy centred on several fictional airlines and the staff who worked for them and the passengers who used them. Come Fly With Me featured guest stars such as David Schwimmer, Rupert Grint, Dale Winton and Barbara Windsor.