Lee Mack Lands Prime-Time TV Show
Lee Mack, stand-up comedian and awards host, has landed a BBC prime-time Saturday-night entertainment show – as well as two more series of his sitcom Not Going Out.
BBC One has given the green light to Lee Mack's All Star Cast, following a successful pilot show at the end of 2010. The show will feature a mix of stand-up, guests, and music, alongside sketches in which members of the audience will perform alongside professional comics.
Six 45-minute episodes have been ordered from production house Zeppotron and Lee’s own production company, Arlo Productions.
The pilot will reunite Lee with BAFTA and Emmy nominee Catherine Tate. The comedic pair worked together on Lee’s Edinburgh Fringe sketch shows. After the test episode had been filmed he said: “I don't feel any more pressure just because it's a bigger audience. I'll put the same amount of work in as I would for anything else I do.”
It the same time the BBC has commissioned the 5th and 6th series of Not Going Out, in which Lee stars alongside Tim Vine and Sally Bretton.
This is a surprising revival for the gag-heavy show, which was ditched by the BBC, and then brought back.
“It's great news. I can finally get that extension finished,” said Lee.