Not Going Out (2006– )
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Absent Father Christmas 

Lee gets a surprise visit from Frank, the father who walked out on his family thirty-five years earlier and who never paid any maintenance. Lee is hostile but Lucy urges him to forgive and ... See full summary »

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Lee gets a surprise visit from Frank, the father who walked out on his family thirty-five years earlier and who never paid any maintenance. Lee is hostile but Lucy urges him to forgive and forget. It is Christmas after all and Frank has terminal cancer and a hospital letter to prove it. But can Lee trust the man who ate his goldfish and made him take a drink-driving rap aged twelve? At least he gets to kiss Lucy under the mistletoe, which is the best Christmas present of all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 December 2009 (UK)  »

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The arrival of Frank!!!
16 January 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lucy's unimpressed with Lee, he's behaved badly at Christmas dinner with her parents. Barbara has suggested he tones down his laddish behaviour, and that he has a softer side. A soft lit, romantic evening is disturbed when Lee's father Frank turns up at the door. Lee is sceptical by Frank's return, Lucy convinces him to give Frank a second chance. Lee throws him out, but Frank tells Lee he's dying. Lee gives Frank a day doing what he wants, but soon discovers the truth.

What an inspired bit of casting getting Bobby Ball into the show was, I utterly love Bobby Ball, he's a true funnyman, he bounces off Lee Mack so well, they make a great combination.

Some utterly painfully hilarious lines, Not going out is famed for its Christmas specials, and this was the first of the really brilliant ones.

Just fabulous. 9/10


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