Great Night Out

Series 1 - Episode 1

Great Night Out
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Worst Week of My Life was one of the standout rom-coms of recent years. ITV’s new series comes to us from the same writing team, but they’ve mislaid their deft touch with caricatures and comic mishaps. Instead we get a fairly heavy-footed farce revolving around four 30-something lads from Stockport — all likeable and well acted, but at the mercy of laboured plots. For instance there’s a salsa class full of embarrassment (two blokes have to dance together!) and a getting-the-groom-to-his-wedding caper that goes wrong in ways we can see coming from the Pennines.

Underneath the prehistoric take on relationships and gender differences, it’s a series with a warm heart and a
sense of fun. What feels odd is that a drama about 30-somethings in 2013 should look and feel so proudly and resolutely old-fashioned.

About this programme

1/6. Comedy about four thirtysomething men who gather for a weekly night on the tiles in Stockport, as they try to help one another solve problems surrounding work, romance and family. Would-be alpha male Hodge narrowly dodges wife Kath's fury after botching the plans for their wedding anniversary party - and then he and the other lads get waylaid on the way to the venue after stopping to help a worse-for-wear companion. Starring Lee Boardman, William Ash, Craig Parkinson and Stephen Walters.

Cast and crew

Cast

Beggsy
William Ash
Hodge
Lee Boardman
Glyn
Craig Parkinson
Daz
Stephen Walters
Colleen
Naomi Bentley
Julie
Christine Bottomley
Kath
Rebekah Staton
Warren
Ricky Tomlinson
Mrs B
Susie Blake
Bev
Isy Suttie
Kelly
Jessie Clayton
Mandy
Lucy Gaskell
Wayne
Oliver Boot
Gerado
Alex Lowe
Chris
Tom Bennett
Martha
Beatrice Kelly
Summer
Jessica Gunning
Train attendant
Andrew Buckley
Barnet leader
Connor Mills

Crew

Director
Elliot Hegarty
Executive Producer
Jimmy Mulville
Executive Producer
Paul Schlesinger
Executive Producer
Mark Bussell
Executive Producer
Justin Sbresni
Producer
Pat Lees
Producer
Angela Sinden
Writer
Mark Bussell
Writer
Justin Sbresni
Categories
Comedy