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Series 7 - Episode 7 Surprise



Tim Vine’s absence is keenly felt in Not Going Out, but Hugh Dennis’s addition to the cast is a shrewd move – he fills a similar comedy foil/sounding board role for those pub chats. But he has a delicious wryness, too, which softens the blokey stuff that goes on elsewhere.

Tonight he’s called on, by a very tortuous route, to help Lee torpedo a surprise anniversary party that Lucy is hosting for her parents. Her terrifyingly imperious dad (the magnificent Geoffrey Whitehead, who surely should be knighted for services to both television and radio comedy) hates surprises, while her mum just wants some fun. There’s an idiotic phone call involving a fake Italian accent and lots of ludicrous crosstalk.


Lucy determines that on no account will her plans for a surprise anniversary party for her parents be revealed. However, she then makes the big mistake of disclosing the details to Lee. Comedy, starring Lee Mack and Sally Bretton.

Cast & Crew

Lee Lee Mack
Lucy Sally Bretton
Daisy Katy Wix
Toby Hugh Dennis
Geoffrey Geoffrey Whitehead
Wendy Deborah Grant
Mario Joseph Balderrama
Derek William Maxwell
Director Nick Wood
Producer Jamie Rix
Writer Lee Mack
Writer Daniel Peak
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