Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams have revealed the man behind David Beckham’s US move helped orchestrate their show’s move Stateside.

With Little Britain USA set to air in America on HBO at the end of this month, Matt explained how the US version came about.

He said: “Well, Simon Fuller brought us out here. He of American Idol, Spice Girls and David Beckham – he invented David Beckham, you know. He said, ‘I think you could be funnier than David Beckham’, so he brought us out here.”

So should we expect some big changes from the BBC comedy? Matt joked: “Well, the name is slightly different.”

Going into slightly more detail, David explained: “It’s a whole new show. We’ve taken the best of our British characters from our seasons in England and then we’ve added a whole new raft of American characters so it’s very fresh and it’s really rejuvenated it for us.”

The comedian added: “We’ve made it for an audience in America who have never seen it before. Little Britain is a little bit known in America, but a bit more of a cult really.”

It sounds like the boys have no plans to settle in Hollywood just yet. Matt joked the best bits about Tinseltown were ‘the ladies’, and added: “There’s a lot of irony attached to that comment if you know who I am.”

David added: “And the exchange rate is very good if you’re British.”

BBC One will air Little Britain USA this autumn – no date has yet been confirmed.