In "Come Fly With Me," which premieres Saturday on BBC America, David Walliams and Matt Lucas from "Little Britain" reunite over the subject of air travel. The series, which takes off on the British documentary series "Airport" and "Airline," perfectly replicates the look and sound and feel of such films. It is artfully shot; Lindsay Duncan narrates in a proper purr. Everything is played straight except the characters the stars themselves play.
These include pilots, flight attendants, ground crew, concession-stand workers, paparazzi, customer service personnel and a wide variety of passengers. Among them are a clutch of black, Middle Eastern and Asian characters, played in makeup, which elicited complaints about racism when the show aired in Britain last December, and complaints about the complaints. (Lucas defended the show as an attempt to "reflect, affectionately, the multicultural Britain we love.") It's hard not to shift in one's seat, in this day and age, when white people darken their skin for the purpose of comedy. But Walliams and Lucas play and lampoon something like 50 people in the course of the series, from all across the United Kingdom, and it might be argued that this equal-opportunity caricature amounts not to racism but inclusiveness.