Ebene News – GB – Not Going Out Christmas Special review: old-fashioned festive laughs, with the late Bobby Ball as cheeky as ever

New Years Eve Special sees Lucy and Lee bring their friends and family together for a night of board games

Wednesday December 30, 2020 at 9:30 p.m.

It’s been a tough year for everyone, and like so many TV shows this year, the realities of 2020 have flowed into the fictional world where Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) welcome their parents. and friends on New Years Eve for a night of festive games Only instead of reflecting on the hardships of this year, Lucy Geoffrey’s (Geoffrey Whitehead) dad is nostalgic for the loneliness of the lockdown. “It takes a moment like this to make you understand that the lockdown wasn’t really that tedious after all, “he moans as the group bickers through their first meeting in months

As party guests work their way through a tense game of ‘Head’s Up’, with each person assigned to a famous character they must guess written on a sticky note on their forehead, it becomes clear that many guests have somewhere they would prefer to be

Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) laments missing a sound and light at Hampton Court to watch her friends guess what’s stuck on their foreheads, while her husband Toby (Hugh Dennis) fanatic of getting lost in the Hampton maze alone Court Geoffrey, meanwhile, does his best to deal with the face of ‘wasting despair’ as his wife Wendy (Deborah Grant) falls onto the couch with a glass of wine in hand, scrambling her words and laughing at times. the most inopportune

And what Christmas family would be complete without someone making inappropriate jokes? Bobby Ball returns as Lee’s father Frank, who finds the concept of yes / no questions more than a little difficult to grasp as he sits with a post-it reading “ Hank Marvin ” on his forehead, making flirtatious comments to Wendy who is slumped on the couch next to him laughing

With Bobby Ball passing in October 2020 after being diagnosed with COVID-19, sadly this will be the last Christmas special not to be released that will feature the veteran comic as we get to see the cheeky character a bit more of Bobby Ball Frank in the 11th series of the sitcom, due to air on the BBC in January 2021, it is especially moving to see his character getting into trouble and causing a stir as usual at the end of an all-time high year that the actor himself will not tragically see

Described at one point as a ‘Poundland Jimmy Krankie’, Ball is in top form as Frank, who finds his ugly gags ironic criticized by the other party guests, who then decide to work on their individually in the room to take New Year’s resolutions (what could possibly go wrong?) Lucy, desperate to see 2021 without the endless bickering, threatens to throw a trifle at anyone who rebels. Adams family tradition, the group has to wait until midnight to eat the dessert.This is truly one of the most unappealing trifles you’ve ever seen – it’s hard to imagine why anyone would dispute the wait

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The special offers much-needed light relief and a healthy dose of schadenfreude (that wonderful German term meaning ‘pleasure derived from the misfortune of others’) as we watch a fictional family descend into arguments, accusations and devious comments Ah , Christmas! At least it’s not just my family, is it?

The world of Not Going Out still has its humor firmly rooted in the 1970s, with ‘old balls and chains’ jokes galore and enough ‘ooh-err missus’ jokes to guide you into 2021 There are times when Anna and Toby’s relentless mutual desperation just feels a little sad, however does a couple really have to hate each other to relentlessly hurl such cruel remarks in each other’s direction?

It’s not a fresh and uplifting comedy, but it’s clearly still an extremely popular format, as the show has also been given the green light for a 12th and 13th series. It’s also the best time of the year. year for a bit of comedy back We all taste sitcom classics as we eat our 17th mince pie, and Not Going Out’s festive special will fit in perfectly with the festivities Even when the gags run dry every now and then. time in favor of general insults, he finally has his heart in the right place

Not Going Out will be returning to BBC One in the New Year – check out our guide to the best Christmas TV for 2020 or see what else there is with our TV guide

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Ebene News – GB – Not Going Out Christmas special review: festive old school laughs, with the late Bobby Ball as cheeky as ever

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