The planned second series of hit BBC One comedy Come Fly With Me could well be delayed after it was claimed today Matt Lucas was too busy to take part in writing and filming for the show. The comic is said to be too tied up with working on West End musical Les Miserables and filming a Hollywood movie to write with partner David Walliams.
The show, which launched on Christmas day last year, saw over 8 million viewers to become the most watched comedy of the past 12 months. The show was commissioned for a second series back in February, originally due to begin before the end of the year, however this now looks unlikely.
A source told The Sun: "Matt says there isn't time for him and David to write a new series at the moment. Everyone wants it to come back but it's a matter of when they can get together.
"The Beeb is hoping for at least a one-off Christmas special but with Matt's diary it looks tight."
Meanwhile Lucas' comic pal David Walliams defended the show against complaints of racism, telling The Sun's Buzz magazine: "We just want to make people laugh, not offend them. None of our characters were defined only by their race.
"It would have been strange if they were all white, middle-aged men."