Not Going Out for New Year’s Eve

The cast of Not Going Out for New Year's Eve
Copyright Avalon. Photographer Mark Johnson

Not Going Out for New Year’s Eve and we join Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton), Lee’s lovably feckless father Frank ( the late and much loved Bobby Ball), generally put upon Toby (Hugh Dennis), the ever uptight Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), Lucy’s occasionally pompous father Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) and an unusually
high-spirited mother Wendy (Deborah Grant) as they wait for the traditional midnight… trifle?
When parlour games are suspended in favour of a no-holds-barred round of New Year’s Resolutions, the fireworks might be in the house when friendly suggestions on how to improve individual behaviour are received with not a lot of festive spirit. Will it be a Happy New Year for Lee and Lucy in suburbia?

Not Going Out the brand-new series follows this special in early 2021.

Produced by Avalon, Not Going Out is directed by Nick Wood and produced by Jamie Rix. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer and Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning. The Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Lee Mack and Jon Thoday. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.

In Memorium
Bobby Ball, one half of the comedy double act Cannon and Ball and Lee’s father in Not Going Out, died at the age of 76 on October 26th.

His death came after the actor and comedian tested positive for Covid-19.

Ball was one half of the comedy duo alongside his long-time friend and colleague Tommy Cannon. He also starred in several sitcoms including Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and more recently Not Going Out, Benidorm and The Cockfields
Leading the tributes, Tommy Cannon said: “Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.”

At the comic’s funeral fans lined the street outside Hope Church in Lytham, to pay their final respects to the star. A restricted number of mourners wearing red braces – a nod to Ball’s trademark twang of his braces while saying: ‘Rock on, Tommy’ – congregated outside the church to honour the much loved British entertainer.

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