Pompidou

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 4.2  (839)

Pompidou is a surreal and whimsical comedy television show that premiered on BBC Two in 2015. The show features comedic genius Matt Lucas in the titular role of Pompidou, a bizarre, childlike aristocrat with a knack for getting into absurd situations. The show is set in a dilapidated townhouse, which serves as the home of Pompidou and his loyal butler Hove, played by Tony Way.

The show is structured as a collection of sketches, featuring a range of quirky characters and absurd situations. Each episode follows Pompidou as he embarks on a new adventure, often involving interactions with his equally eccentric neighbours. From attempting to lure a wild boar out of his garden with a trail of cream cakes, to attempting to stage a puppet show with his own body as the marionette, Pompidou's antics are always entertaining, and often downright bizarre.

Thanks to the show's unique blend of physical comedy and absurd humour, Pompidou has been praised for its imaginative and visually stunning approach to comedy. The show often relies on visual gags and quirky sound effects to elicit laughter from viewers, and it certainly delivers in this regard. From the moment the show begins, viewers are transported into a world of imagination and whimsy, where anything is possible.

One of the main draws of the show is the performance of Matt Lucas as Pompidou. Lucas throws himself into the role with a childlike glee and a complete lack of inhibition, resulting in a performance that is both hilarious and endearing. The character of Pompidou is reminiscent of classic silent film comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and Lucas captures this spirit perfectly.

In addition to Lucas, the show features a talented supporting cast, including Jane Asher as Pompidou's long-suffering aunt and Bella Emberg as his eccentric neighbour Mary. Each episode also features a guest star, with actors like Mackenzie Crook, Katy Brand, and Reece Shearsmith popping up to add their own unique flavour to the proceedings.

Despite its surreal and offbeat tone, Pompidou is a show with a lot of heart. Underneath all the absurdity, there is a real sense of affection for the characters and their world. There are moments of genuine pathos and tenderness, which serve to ground the show's more outlandish elements.

Overall, Pompidou is a delightful and original addition to the world of comedy television. With its inventive visual style, talented cast, and off-the-wall humour, it is sure to delight fans of both traditional slapstick and more avant-garde comedy. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who appreciate something a little different, Pompidou is a true gem.

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Seasons
Cold
6. Cold
April 5, 2015
When a repairman refuses to fix the caravan's broken heater on a very cold day, Pompidou and Hove hatch a plan to get out of town.
Hoarder
5. Hoarder
March 29, 2015
Fed up with Pompidou's piles of junk, Hove tries to donate some of it to a church fair, but Pompidou does his best to hold onto his belongings.
The Date
4. The Date
March 22, 2015
Pompidou's wish for a Valentine's day date seems to come true when he meets a lady from a dating agency, but will she be wooed by his idea of romance?
The Bowl
3. The Bowl
March 15, 2015
When Pompidou realizes that the bowl he gave to a friend is worth a million pounds, he and Hove try everything they can think of to get it back.
Lottery
2. Lottery
March 8, 2015
When Hove wins the lottery instead of Pompidou, his personality changes dramatically, but Pompidou has a plan to return things to normal.
Hunger
1. Hunger
March 1, 2015
With no money or food in the caravan, Hove's efforts to find food land him in a sticky situation and Pompidou must come up with a solution.
Description
  • Premiere Date
    March 1, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    4.2  (839)