Great Night Out

Series 1 - Episode 4

Great Night Out
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

ITV’s Stockport-set comedy continues to rattle along nicely. Yes, it feels old-fashioned for a series about 30-somethings and yes, the storylines move with the predictability of Swiss railways. But there’s an oomph
to it, a likeability that comes partly from the writers’ unashamed love of the comic mishap (this week, a flooded living room and the world’s most embarrassing pub quiz) and partly from a cast who give the characters plenty of heart under the daftness.

Scene of the night must be the moment where Daz’s bathroom comes flooding through his lounge ceiling while he’s enjoying fish and chips – a tour de force. But the meat of the plot comes when Glyn bumps into an old schoolfriend (guest star Paul Nicholls) who’s done well for himself and become a bit flash. He drinks latte. He waxes. But why is he so keen to befriend gormless Glyn?

Meanwhile, Kath suggests that she and Hodge try for a baby, an idea that leaves Hodge struggling to, as it were, keep up.

About this programme

4/6. Glyn develops a `bromance' with an old friend (guest star Paul Nicholls), but the other lads are suspicious of the newcomer's motives. Hodge finds himself in unfamiliar territory when Kath brings up the subject of starting a family, and encounters more difficulty when his plumbing skills prove less than professional, while Daz moves into Colleen and Bev's, using Beggsy as a bargaining tool to clinch the deal.

Cast and crew

Cast

Beggsy
William Ash
Hodge
Lee Boardman
Glyn
Craig Parkinson
Daz
Stephen Walters
Julie
Christine Bottomley
Kath
Rebekah Staton
Colleen
Naomi Bentley
Warren
Ricky Tomlinson
Mrs B
Susie Blake
Tonky
Phil Cornwell
Bev
Isy Suttie
Scott
Paul Nicholls

Crew

Director
Iain B MacDonald
Executive Producer
Jimmy Mulville
Executive Producer
Mark Bussell
Executive Producer
Justin Sbresni
Producer
Pat Lees
Producer
Angela Sinden
Writer
Steve Turner
Writer
Jonathan Harvey
Categories
Comedy

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