Come Fly with Me
Title card
GenreComedy
Mockumentary
Created byMatt Lucas
David Walliams
Written byMatt Lucas
David Walliams
Kevin Cecil
Andy Riley
Directed byPaul King
StarringMatt Lucas
David Walliams
Narrated byLindsay Duncan
ComposerDavid Arnold
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMark Freeland
Geoff Posner
ProducerAdam Tandy
EditorsAnt Boys
Mark Everson
Running time28 minutes
Production companiesLittle Britain Productions
BBC Productions
Distributor2entertain (BBC DVD)
BBC
Release
Original networkBBC One & BBC One HD
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release25 December 2010 (2010-12-25) –
27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)
Chronology
Related showsLittle Britain
Airport
Luton Airport
Airline
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. A spoof of British documentaries Airport and Airline, the series follows the activity at a major airport and three fictional airlines: low-cost British airline FlyLo (a parody of Flybe, Ryanair, easyJet), low-cost Irish airline Our Lady Air (a parody of Ryanair and Aer Lingus), and major British airline Great British Air (a parody of British Airways).

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 announcing a second series, Walliams confirmed in January 2013 that a second series was not going to air.

Production

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.[1][2] Filming for Come Fly with Me began in August, with the duo spending two weeks at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.[3][4] A further three weeks were spent shooting at London Stansted Airport, with scenes also being filmed at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Pinewood Studios.[5] A "making of" documentary titled Come Fly on the Wall aired on BBC One on 8 February 2011.[6] On 28 January 2011, the BBC announced it had commissioned a second series,[7][8] but Walliams confirmed in January 2013 that a second series was not going to air.

Airlines

Characters

Main characters

Additional characters

Episodes

Series 1 (2010–2011)

Series 1 of Come Fly with Me began airing on Christmas Day 2010 to mixed reviews from critics, and gained over 12.47 million viewers.[11] The second episode, which aired on New Year's Day 2011, gained over 8.80 million viewers,[12] while the remaining four episodes averaged around 7 million viewers throughout the rest of the series.[13][14][15][16] The series began airing in the United States on BBC America on 18 June 2011, edited to fit a 30-minute time slot with commercials.[17]

No. Episode title Directed by Original air date Production code United Kingdom Viewers (millions)
1"Episode 1"Paul King25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)10112.47

Omar Baba responds to criticism of FlyLo's safety practices while husband-and-wife pilots Simon and Jackie argue about flying together, and Simon's affair. Moses Beacon is tasked with explaining to a first-class passenger that her dog has died in-flight after a heating malfunction in the cargo hold caused it to freeze to death, and later finds himself charged with escorting Hetty Wolf, a 92-year-old German woman who claims she has never flown before. She scams Moses into buying her many luxury items that she says are presents for her grandson in Florida, whom she is going to visit, as well as upgrading her seat to first class. Just as she is boarding the plane, Hetty reveals to Moses that she has actually flown many times, angering Moses.

A man that doesn't work at the airport is caught 'patting down' the passengers. Ian Foot investigates a case of an elderly gentleman attempting to enter the country using the passport of a 12-year-old girl. Taaj Manzoor describes his duties on an airport buggy, which he sees as a chick magnet.

Melody and Keeley learn that there may be a supervisor's opening. Mickey and Buster attempt to get a photograph of Geri Halliwell but miss her after doing a rendition of Spice Girls songs. Fearghal assists a young mother by putting her three-month old baby in the overhead locker. Precious Little closes The Coffee Hut early after claiming it has run out of coffee, then does her shopping at the airport. Sue and Geoff Stott check in for their flight to Disneyland California, and Sue talks about her love for Disney. Asuka and Nanako try to catch a glimpse of Martin Clunes returning, but he finds out they are waiting for him, and has the plane diverted to RAF Northolt.
2"Episode 2"Paul King1 January 2011 (2011-01-01)1028.80

Omar Baba reveals Flylo's latest schemes: flights to New York for £1 with a big catch, and upright "flat" beds in coach. Moses Beacon attempts to help a nervous passenger, but only worries her more by telling her statistics about plane accidents. Ian Foot detains a woman with a "suspicious" passport, believing Liberia is not an actual country. Taaj Manzoor must diplomatically tell passengers that their flight is delayed when a wing falls off the plane.

Melody must enforce FlyLo's new baggage allowances and Keeley acquaints a passenger with the company website. Mickey and Buster receive a tip-off that Queen Elizabeth II is at the airport. Fearghal works with trainee steward Lee Lodge. Tommy has ambitions to be a pilot, and tries to work his way up from the airport burger bar.

Precious Little closes her stall early claiming that there are no paper cups, and spends the day playing the fruit machines with petty cash. Peter and Judith describe their FlyLo Holidays 'cruise from hell'. First Officer Jackie flirts with a member of air-traffic control, annoying Simon. Captain Stirrick is arrested for being drunk. Ben and James detain David Schwimmer for bringing illegal transsexual pornographic DVDs into the United Kingdom, whom he makes up that they are for his Friends co star Matt LeBlanc.
3"Episode 3"Paul King6 January 2011 (2011-01-06)1037.81

Omar Baba creates a new FlyLo advert with dwarves in after reports that there is no leg room. Flylo ground crew Taaj Manzoor bumps into Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, and tries to show him his movie script. Customs Officers Roberts and Stewart try to work out what to do with a truly massive drugs haul. Ian Foot road tests his new board game 'Keep Em Out'. We also meet Penny, Great British Air's snobbiest employee, as she attempts to throw out some passengers that she deems unworthy of the First Class cabin.

Meanwhile, Precious has got fake nails which are too long for her so she cannot grip onto anything and is forced to close the coffee shop early. She then uses a wheelchair when she has her toes done. Peter and Judith remember another of their 'holidays from hell' that included there being no hotel, and Peter getting an upset stomach. Pilots Simon and Jackie are going on different flights, so Jackie's mum accompanies Simon on his flight to Las Vegas. Moses tells us about his charity WishWings, but then jets off to Mykonos, saying that he will call the ill child when there.
4"Episode 4"Paul King13 January 2011 (2011-01-13)1047.43

Melody and Keeley deal with a large man, and end up giving him two separate seats on the plane. Omar Baba goes green by planting a single tree on a roundabout, but insults Daybreak in the process. Baba also shows us inside the new FlyLo 'Loveatory'. Peter and Judith's next 'Holiday from Hell' ended with Peter facing a twelve year minimum prison sentence.

The stewardess that Simon had an affair with acts as cabin crew on Jackie and Simon's latest flight. Moses is challenged with a Chinese man, and tries to get Barbara Windsor to have him knighted. The water in Precious' coffee stall has mysteriously been cut off, so she has to close the stall early, and decides to go and see Dirty Dancing with her sisters. The plumber then fixes the pipe, annoying Precious.

Penny is delighted when she finds out that Princess Anne will be travelling with Great British Air, but is not so delighted when she meets up with a representative of the Royal Family to discuss her requirements. Tommy tries to ask Melody out on a date, but ends up accidentally buying tickets to Prague. Ian Foot dresses up as the type of people that try to enter the country, including South American, Scotsmen and Lady Gaga. The Woods family have their flight booked in for the next week instead of when they thought, so they stay at the airport for that time. In the end, it turns out that they miss their flight.
5"Episode 5"Paul King20 January 2011 (2011-01-20)1077.11

Taaj reveals to some disgruntled passengers that their plane departed an hour before, and Mickey and Buster go their separate ways when Buster loses his photographic license. Fearghal force feeds an allergic passenger nuts to allow him to administer a life saving injection and appear a hero, in an attempt to win the title of Steward of the Year. Police dog handler Steve Downes reveals the history of his previous dogs, that usually ended up with them going into rehab with drug addictions.

Battle re enactors Colin and Gavin are furious with Francoise when they are not allowed to bring their swords to a reenactment of the Battle of Agincourt, and baggage handler John believes he has psychic powers. Ian Foot does a spot check on Taaj Manzoor. Omar Baba denies sexually harassing Helen, Melody and Taaj, so he calls Keeley to come to the rescue at a press conference.

Peter and Judith talk about their most recent 'holiday from hell', which included being trapped in the Andes, and barbecuing Peter's leg. Moses meets Anna Friel, who reveals she is bald. Moses tries to find replacements for her lost wig. George Spires sings opera to frightened users of the toilet. Mickey and Buster make up again, and it is revealed that Keeley has been given the role of check in manager.
6"Episode 6"Paul King27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)1067.22

Keeley is the only one who is left at the check in desk, because she is now check-in manager and other FlyLo crew members are on strike. Ian Foot gets suspended after interviewing (and insulting) the Polish Ambassador for the United Kingdom. Moses is collecting for charity, and shows us his charity video for Flying Without Wings, but collapses after blowing up a balloon.

Tommy attends flying school to try to be a pilot, but fails due to his lack of experience as well as revealing he has a fear of flying. He then resigns from Happy Burger, walking through the airport in just his underpants after handing the uniform back and tells of his new ambitions to become a spaceman. Fearghal is nominated for the Steward of the Year award, hosted by Dale Winton, but after winning it in a tie, and having an enormous strop, he gets fired from Our Lady Air.

On a Great British Air flight to Orlando, Penny settles in for a relaxing flight with no First Class passengers, but to her irritation, she is made to work in economy. Omar fires all his staff after the strike, and replaces them with Vietnamese children. Judith and Peter have another 'Holiday from Hell', and are disgusted to find because of the FlyLo strike, there is nobody manning the complaints desk, except Peter goes back to the island where they practised Voodoo art.

Precious finally has all the supplies for the coffee hut, but closes early because there were no customers, and eager bar owners chase after people after leaving the bar during their pub quiz. In special services, wheelchair user Corinne Oliver looks after other wheelchair users and is pushed round by helper Bob. Bob then hurts his back and also has to take to a wheelchair. This creates a train of wheelchair users pushing each other around.

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.[18][19]

Cancellation

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. However, in January 2013, Walliams confirmed that a second series would not air, stating that Lucas did not wish to continue the show.[20][21]

Home media

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[22] 21 November 2011[23] 24 November 2011[24] 21 November 2011[25]
(Region Free)

Digital Editions were released on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes / Apple TV.

Web content

In conjunction with the television episodes, a selection of extra online content was published on the programme website.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

Reception

Come Fly with Me 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 perceived lack of quality.[29] 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 and hypocritical.[30] The show was the most watched comedy of 2010, with ten million viewers,[31] but also had thousands of viewer complaints, and criticism for perceived racist content.[32] It was the third most-watched show on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom.[33]

In June 2020, Come Fly With Me, alongside Little Britain, was removed from Netflix for its use of blackface; six months prior it had also been removed from BritBox. It had not been available on iPlayer.[34][35] A spokesperson for the BBC said: "There’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review". On its decision to remove the shows, BritBox added: "Times have changed since Little Britain first aired, so it is not currently available on BritBox. Come Fly With Me has not been available on the service for six months".[36]

Ratings

[37]

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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