Little Britain twosome Matt Lucas and David Walliams could be about to abandon the BBC for ITV, according to the papers.

The Sun reports that former BBC boss Peter Fincham – who has just been made head of ITV – is keen to bring some big names to the channel – and Matt and David are top of his list.

Fincham originally signed the pair to a £6m ‘golden handcuffs’ deal at the BBC in 2006.

“There is just over a year left on the BBC deal and Peter is well known for being a friend of the stars,” an insider told the paper.

“It’s no surprise he’ll want to get Matt and David on board – they are two of the world’s hottest TV stars.One of the things ITV is sorely lacking is comedy.”

Matt and David are currently filming a US version of Little Britain for the American channel HBO, while a new Saturday night sketch show for BBC1 is in the pipeline.