British funnyman Matt Lucas will be hoping silence is golden after signing up to star in a new U.K. comedy without dialogue.

The Bridesmaids star will play "an elderly aristocratic English oddball who has fallen on hard times" in the upcoming Tv series, provisionally titled Pompidou.

Lucas admits he has always been "a huge fan of the visual comedy" and its silent stars including Charlie Chaplin, Mr. Bean and Laurel and Hardy.

He says, "I'm delighted to be back at the Bbc with another show full of new characters - however... this one has no dialogue at all. I've been working for a while with two great writers - Julian Dutton and Ashley Blaker - to create a bunch of new faces which we hope will appeal to audiences in Britain and beyond."

The six-part series is set to debut next year (14).