Lee Mack sitcom Semi-Detached ax, as comic makes Soccer Aid movie E! News UK
Lee Mack’s Semi-Detached sitcom was canceled by the BBC, while the comic began making an ITV football documentary, the British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.
Mack played Stuart, an hapless wedding DJ living opposite his ex-wife in the BBC Two comedy, which took place in real time. Starring Ellie White, Samantha Spiro, Neil Fitzmaurice, and Patrick Baladi, six episodes aired last year following a 2019 pilot.
Reviews of the frenzied sitcom were generally cautiously positive, with the Guardian calling it “a master class in chaotic comedy,” while the Daily Mail felt that, at least initially, it was “hilarious and very welcome in as a new outlet for Lee Mack’s genius comics “.
However, Semi-Detached only averaged around 400,000 viewers according to the night’s audience data. And Oliver Maltman, who wrote the sitcom with David Crow, tweeted that “unfortunately we won’t be back for a second round, but we are very lucky the BBC gave us free rein and so lucky to have worked with such an amazing cast and crew. “
Directed by Ben Palmer (Breeders, The Inbetweeners) and produced by Alison Marlow (Cunk On …) for Happy Tramp Productions (Guilt, Beep), Mack compared Semi-Detached to his longtime BBC sitcom Not Going Out when it was launched.
“In Not Going Out, I’m usually the one causing my own problem, but it’s absolutely not Stuart’s fault – everything that happens to him is the result of other people’s poor choices and telling them what to do.
“But the only thing that is his fault is that he should just stand up for himself and he never does, he always tolerates it – and that’s pathetic if I want to be honest. I was pretty bored. by the character at the end of the series!
“I was like, ‘Oh, hit someone in the face, be a little more bossy!'”
Meanwhile, Mack, who starred in Taskmaster’s 11th series earlier this year, is again confirmed to participate in this year’s Soccer Aid in September, playing alongside Paddy McGuinness, singers Olly Murs and James Arthur and sprinter Usain Bolt, as well as former professional footballers Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp, David James, Roberto Carlos and Patrice Evra.
The comedian shoots a documentary about his preparation experience, Lee Mack’s Road To Soccer Aide. The hour-long film, produced by Initial (Stars in their eyes), is due to air shortly before the annual charity match between the England and the rest of the world teams, which was set up in 2006 by Robbie Williams to raise funds for UNICEF.
Speaking last month to fellow former game player Blake Harrison on the MMA Fan Podcast that The Inbetweeners star co-animates with Stuff Whiffen, Mack said:
“In Soccer Aid, there are three types of people. There are ex-professionals, and obviously they’re very good at football… I’m talking about people who are still in their 30s and early 40s. [Yaya Toure], it was like four weeks after winning the [Premier] League!
“And then you have the celebrities and the majority of the celebrities have some history with football… there is a football connection with all of them at a pretty high level.
“And then there’s everyone – me, Blake, Joe Wicks, the people you suspect weren’t even on the school team. And of that bunch, I’m the worst of that bunch. . It’s not because of my skills but because of age. I’m about 20 years older than this group. At least Joe Wicks has his physical form. Blake has his youth. He is known to the Most of the people in this country to play a child for Christ’s sake.
“I’m 52 for Christ’s sake, I don’t stand a chance! And they take it so seriously you wouldn’t believe it.”
The BBC declined to comment on the cancellation of Semi-Detached.
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