Ben Hunte meets Pink News chief Ben Cohen to discuss and introduce Matt Lucas and David Walliams‘ hit comedy series, featuring ‚only gay in the village‘ Daffyd Thomas.
PinkNews chief Benjamin Cohen shares his unforgettable LGBT moment with Gay Britannia season host Ben Hunte.
The only gay in the village, Daffyd Thomas, plus Emily Howard, Marjorie Dawes and more!
Matt Lucas and David Walliams‘ oddball TV smash hit – back where it began on BBC radio.
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Producer: Ashley BlakerFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2001.
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Gay ghettos, homosexual havens or discriminatory woke nonsense? Britain’s first LGBT-only housing complexes get green light
Canal Street is the beating heart of Manchester’s gay scene, and has been for decades.
Years ago, in the late 1990s, some wag took a spray can and crossed out the C and S on the street sign to create the phrase ‘anal treet‘ – get it? My guess is that this was just a moron with a puerile sense of humour and too much free time, not some raging homophobe making a hateful statement.
I worked just across from the street at the time, and nobody was particularly upset or offended at the graffiti. Gay folk were not put out; in fact, that it took a little while before anyone was bothered enough to even clean it up. Back in those days, it would have taken a very brave or very stupid person indeed to express any kind of homophobia around those parts. The guys who frequented the area were more than capable of taking care of some idiot with a spray can.
Canal Street was probably the best place in the city for a night out, too, gay or straight. And Manchester in general was seen by many as an example of what a gay-friendly city should be like, the way an integrated and inclusive community could work and thrive to the point where sexuality was not even all that relevant. At least in certain pockets, such as the ‘gay village’ around that party street.
Manchester city council has just backed “a first of a kind” £20-million development for older LGBT+ people to live in a“safe and vibrant” environment. That, of course, implies that these folk need to be separated out in order to feel “safe and vibrant” in the first place.
The project has been backed by the LGBT Foundation, a charity that advises the myriad of communities within those four letters. It’s hoped the project will lead to other such schemes across the country. Paul Martin, the Foundation’s CEO, says: “Everyone deserves to have access to safe, affordable housing where they can be sure they feel secure and welcome.
There are already restored old red-brick buildings not far from Canal Street occupied, predominantly, by generally well-off gay men. These are folk who want to live near the place where they like to hang out. They didn’t need the council to step in, nor anyone else’s help at all for that matter, apart from maybe their bank manager to get a mortgage.
This new scheme is aimed at not-so-well-off over-55 LGBTs and consists of 100 apartments of affordable housing to be erected in the leafy Whalley Range suburb to the south of the city, a couple of miles from Canal Street.
Iain Scott, a 62 year-old gay man who lives in Manchester with his partner of some 40-years, runs an LGBT website in the city, focused on the Canal Street ‘gay village,’ and he is a supporter of the new initiative.
“What we all know is that, politically and socially, the LGBT community has seen a major drive forward over the last 20 or 30 years,” he told “And almost every week there’s evidence of some new initiative and I think housing fits in with that.
There is also, of course, a market for these properties and developers recognise that housing specifically targeted at LGBT+ people is a pretty damn good investment. Catering to the ‘pink pound’ they used to call it, back in the mildly less-liberal 1990s. There are reckoned to be over 7,000 LGBT folk aged over 50 living in the city, and that market is sure to to grow.
The Manchester project follows the announcement that the “first retirement community celebrating LGBT+ people” will open in London this summer, with 19 flats available on a shared-ownership basis. It’s believed that the first retirement home in Europe for LGBTs opened – where else? – in Sweden back in 2013
“I think these things are largely positive and realistic,” said Scott. “We live in a non-ideal world. Anything that can bring people together safely is a good thing, a positive thing. There’s a guy I know, for example, who’s 90 and lives in a gay-friendly block. For people like him, living somewhere filled with like-minded people can make one feel safer, happier and more comfortable.
“Even in these enlightened times, there’s still homophobia and transphobia and there are people out there who would wish to do these people harm simply for their orientation. The wider community, yes, they have precisely the same issues. But they don’t have the added problem of ‘straight-phobia’.”
Fair enough. But the Manchester project, paving the way for many future schemes, does kind-of beg the question; if a straight guy wanted to build housing for only straight men, excluding all others, would he get the go-ahead? Unlikely. There would be a rich array of laws that would be thrown at him to stop his plans ever leaving the drawing board. But for LGBTs? That’s different.
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Little Britain inspires the only gays in the Polish village
Poles (and legs) apart: The finale of Little Britain’s live show featuring Matt Lucas as Dafydd. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Little Britain, which has been running on Polish TV since April, has become an inspiration to gay Poles in their struggle against homegrown prejudice. Unlikely as it might sound, Matt Lucas‘ Dafydd Thomas (the only gay in the village) and David Walliams‘ Sebastian Love (the man in love with the prime minister) have become icons of gay pride in a country whose government was condemned by the European Commission for its homophobic views.
The irony, of course, is that here in Britain, the show has prompted grumbles from some liberal quarters for its slapstick portrayal of homosexual mores and manners. „The figure of Dafydd is now routinely used by anti-gay right-wingers,“ wrote Johann Hari in the Independent. Yet the reaction in Poland has been very different. „Little Britain has made a huge impact here,“ said Mirka Makuchowska, of the Polish Campaign Against Homophobia. „It has even made many think of moving to Britain.“
And no wonder. Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski banned gay marches when he was mayor of Warsaw. Earlier this year, on a visit to Ireland, he said that if homosexuality was freely promoted, the human race would disappear. „It’s not in the interest of any society to increase the number of homosexuals,“ said his twin brother, Jaroslaw, Poland’s Prime Minister. „That’s obvious.“ (He obviously doesn’t have a Sebastian to attend to his every need.)
Actually, it should come as no surprise that broad or bawdy depictions of homosexuality should inspire a beleaguered gay underground in a culture where homophobia is tolerated, or even actively encouraged. After all, not so long ago, much the same thing used to happen here. Just think back to Are You Being Served? To out and proud gay libbers, John Inman’s mincing Mr Humphries looked like a hackneyed caricature, but for less demonstrative gay men like Matthew Parris, he was a godsend, as was Kenneth Williams a decade before. „Hail to them all: the ludicrous old queens; the drag artists; the pantomime homosexuals,“ wrote Parris in The Times, after Inman died, this year.
Is racial (racist?) humour comparable? I was never a fan of Love Thy Neighbour (even as a kid I recall how its cackhanded attempts at interracial wit made me feel awkward and uneasy) and I’m sure a lot of people laughed at it for all the wrong reasons. However it was an education for me to meet Rudolph Walker, the fine actor who played Bill Reynolds, the black neighbour in that sitcom. You could tell he thought the show had its faults, but he didn’t regret doing it, saying it gave black Britons a rare peaktime presence in a medium where they were still wilfully ignored. And although I still think Love Thy Neighbour was woefully misconceived, I could see his point of view. It was a start.
Naturally, Little Britain is nothing like Love Thy NeighbourAre You Being Served?). Personally, I can’t get enough of Dafydd or Sebastian, but even if you’ve had your fill of Lucas and Walliams, it’s great to hear that they’ve cheered up Poland’s embattled gay community. If yours is a way of life that dare not speak it name, surely even a crude or clumsy stereotype is a lot better than nothing at all.
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LITTLE BRITAIN Tee / T-shirt from the British Britcom BBC Comedy Show with Matthew Lucas and David Walliams – Daffyd Thomas Character – „I am the only gay in the village.“ Heat Transfer print. In great condition. Men’s Medium. From Debenham’s Oxford Circus
„The new series of Little Britain has been announced, condemned and cancelled – all in the space of four days. These new puritans don’t hang about, do they?“
Like a printer that feeds directly into a shredder.
I feel like there’s a 1984 quote about how efficiently the Party manufactures things to hate dancing around in the back of my mind, but I can’t quite bring it to the forefront.
It would have exposed an awful lot about the current state of play at the BBC, had it got made. All you would have to do is watch a 2000’s episode and then a 2020’s episode next to each other.
No new Little Britain at all, is preferable to a sanitised woke-friendly reboot. Which is what would have come out.
Why do these fucking people bend so easily to the crazies on Twitter?!
Because the BBC is now run by people who agree with the crazies on Twitter.
BBC is also full of crazy people. Since someone posted here how they censored the cleavage of women they interviewed in a documentary I can not get surprised anymore.
Because the crazies on Twitter are cover for people who are really, really powerful.
There’s no nuance allowed. So when something is labelled something, it 100% is that.
Surprised to see the hate here for this show. It’s been like 8 years since I watched it but I remember thinking it was funny.
Then they just repeated the same jokes, it was lazy as hell. It pretty much became „insert character into new situation and say the catchphrase“. Then it became unbearable with series 3, where it became about „look at my new famous friends“ with celebrity cameos saying the catchphrases.
I liked it when I was 12 but it just got super old. Every character literally had the exact same jokes in every skit they appeared in and they weren’t the most knee slapping jokes to begin with.
I’m up to series 3 on Netflix and finding it just as funny as I did 15 years ago
It was a great show. I loved it. But I can absolutely understand why somebody would hate it. It was nearly unbearable trashy.
I think a lot of the humour is funny because it everyone knows at least some of the characters in the show.. The chav with six kids and no objective in life, the unconvincing transvestite, the gay whose only character trait is being gay… You get the idea.
I was never that much into it. It relied far too heavily on catchphrases for my liking, but what I will say about it, is that it was one of the very few shows that went from Radio 4 to TV, and didn’t get completely ruined in the process.
Remember a time where shows like The Simpsons made fun of the „screwballs“ in the episode Marge vs Itchy and Scratchy?
Little Britain star to ‚marry‘ gay partner
Little Britain star Matt Lucas is to ‚marry‘ his long-term partner Kevin McGee.
The star decided to pop the question in May this year and is reported to be ‚absolutely delighted‘ that his partner said yes.
The gay comic met 30-year-old producer McGee at a nightclub four years ago, and at first kept his lover out of the limelight, rarely posing for pictures with him at celebrity events.
But the 32-year-old funnyman has recently become more open about his relationship, writing in his new book ‚Inside Little Britain‘ that he and McGee feel destined to be together.
And Lucas‘ publicist confirmed yesterday (Thursday, September 7) that the couple are now to enter into a civil partnership. The couple have yet to fix a date for the ceremony.
The Daily Mail revealed in March last year that the couple had exchanged silver eternity bands, and were considering making a firm commitment when government altered the civil partnership law at Christmas.
Ministers changed the law on December 5 2005, giving all homosexuals in civil partnerships the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.
A source close to the couple told how they were making plans to cement their relationship.
The source said: „The rings are a sign to outsiders that they consider their relationship to be for good.
„They are very happy together and this was just a way of taking their relationship a stage further.“
The duo, who recently moved into a luxurious £1 million home in St John’s Wood, have long been open as a couple in celebrity circles.
Lucas invited McGee to George Michael’s birthday in June 2004, and they have been considered a solid couple for years.
The comedian affectionately nicknames McGee ‚Baby Bedingfield‘, because he looks similar to pop singer Daniel Bedingfield.
Speaking of the 30-year-old, who works at the BBC’s Wood Lane offices as a producer with the Comic Relief team, Lucas jokingly said: „I have a long-term partner. He’s beardy at the moment. We call him Baby Bedingfield. I love him very much.“
The star tells in his book how his mother Diana was ’shocked and surprised‘ when he told her he was gay.
But Lucas adds that she thinks McGee is a ‚lovely boy‘.
The comic said: „I may not be able to give her babies but I can give her Baftas.“
Lucas has become famous for catchphrases used in Little Britain including ‚I want that one‘, used by wheelchair-bound yet able-bodied character Andy to harass his carer, Lou, played by David Walliams.
And he is also well-known for catchphrase ‚I’m the only gay in the village‘, which he uses when in character as Welsh unemployed ‚homosexualist‘ Daffyd.
Little Britain USA
Little Britain USA, a sketch comedy show written and largely performed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, is a half-hour raunchy romp that satirizes the U.S. from a British perspective. The half-hour show, derived from the original BBC production Little Britain, originally aired in the U.S. on HBO in the late 00s. Many of the skits involve British characters examining some aspect of American life. Notable sketches involve a gay British Prime Minister with an attraction for an African-American president and a scathing commentary on gym culture and a grandmother who frequently reveals risqu
Little Britain USA, a sketch comedy show written and largely performed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, is a half-hour raunchy romp that satirizes the U.S. from a British perspective.
The half-hour show, derived from the original BBC production Little Britain, originally aired in the U.S. on HBO in the late 00s. Many of the skits involve British characters examining some aspect of American life. Notable sketches involve a gay British Prime Minister with an attraction for an African-American president and a scathing commentary on gym culture and a grandmother who frequently reveals risquLittle Britain USA is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 2008.
Little Britain USA is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Little Britain USA on demand at Amazon Germany, Google Play and Apple TV.
I like these stupid answers!! “ No because he’s got a girlfriend“ what a stupid nonsense reply!!!
That doesn’t mean anything!! Having a girlfriend doesn’t make you straight. I am personally gay, and i’ve had numerous girlfriends before I came out and accepted myself as such, but it has changed nothing about me.
I don’t think he is gay though. Campness is just an aspect of English guys who are generally very soft and a bit camp, so why would David Williams be gay? Is it because of the gay characters he plays?
i personally think he is but maybe a little misunderstood. i think what happens to rich and famous people is that they have their pick of everyone and everything and they get bored and want to experiment. he is very funny and very camp though. Plus he did really well in the he is quite cute in a very camp sort of way.
i dont think he’s gay, could be bi thou, he seems to be quite posh which can make him seem quite camp. being that he is a comedian i think he just plays up to this for attention and keep every guessing.
No just really camp. Have you not seen him in the paper. He has more girlfriends than ive had hot dinners.
Yes he is! I think hes amazing though, and hes so so funny!
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Comedian and actor Matt Lucas has spoken out about his controversial Little Britain character Dafydd Thomas, better known as ‘the only gay in the village’.
Matt said he knows the character has been used as a tool to bully young gay people, but insists that was not the show’s intention.
‘I have had people who had ‘you are the only gay in the village’ said to them and to us it was meant to be a celebration,’ he told Richard Herring’s RHLSTP podcast.
‘But people were labelled ‘the only gay in the village’ at school. It was meant as entertainment, not to make young gay people sad.’
The Welsh character was famous for his short shorts and lycra fetish costumes, as well as for his usual order of a vodka and coke at the quiet local pub.
Since the show ended in 2005, the sketch has gained a lot of criticism for its less than complimentary portrayal of gay men.
Matt Lucas and co-creator David Walliams have also come under fire for their use of blackface during their time on Little Britain.
‘I remember thinking there was a greediness to Little Britain and we just wanted to show off as many characters as possible so we played black, white, straight, gay, male, female, tall, short, whatever,’ the 45-year-old told the podcast.
He says, however, that he would not take on the role of someone of a different race nowadays, as he’s ‘much more sympatico with contemporary approach’.
Matt also went on to encourage anyone who is offended by his work to reach out to him: ‘I would say if anyone is listening and is offended, I would happily discuss anything, individual cases.’
The comedian has spoken out about the criticisms Little Britain has been subject to before, and admitted if he could go back and remake the programme he wouldn’t make jokes about ‘transvestites’ or play black characters.