Not Going Out viewers pay tribute to late star during festive special

Stephanie Chase
·4-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Not Going Out viewers have paid tribute to the late Bobby Ball following his appearance in the BBC comedy's New Year's special tonight (December 30).

The actor, who played Lee Mack's father Frank in the BBC comedy, tragically passed away in October following a battle with COVID-19.

On Twitter, comedian Les Dennis led the tributes by writing: "Bobby Ball was wonderful in Not Going Out tonight. I did a Would I Lie To You just before he passed. Lee Mack spoke with such affection for him. Miss your huge warmth and talent. #rockontommy."

In the episode, Lee and Lucy (Sally Bretton) invited their parents round to ring in the New Year with some festive games.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

But things quickly turned less-than festive when the subject turned to New Year's resolutions and who should make what pledge.

Viewers praised Ball for his performance as Frank, with many sharing how much they will miss him.

One viewer tweeted: "Sad seeing Bobby Ball knowing he's just passed away but great seeing him putting a smile on our faces as always in 'Not Going Out'".

Another added: "So sad watching the #NotGoingOut Christmas Special with the late great Bobby Ball. His last appearance on telly and he always brings a smile to peoples faces."

Ball will appear as Frank in the show's 11th series which was filmed earlier this year. The series is set to begin on BBC One on January 8.

Speaking at the time of Ball's passing, Mack said: "I'm utterly shocked and devastated to lose my mate Bobby like this.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"I filmed with him just a few weeks ago and he was his usual funny and cheeky self.

"To get to work with one of my childhood comedy heroes was great. But to call him a friend was even better. Rest In Peace Bobby."

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