Lee Mack

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - NEW SERIES REVEALED -

Ac­tor, writer and co­me­dian Lee Mack is the cre­ator of the lon­grun­ning BBC One pro­gramme Not Go­ing Out, the will-they-or­won’t-they (they do, even­tu­ally) sit­com in which he stars as a slacker lodger be­sot­ted with his land­lady. He’s also a team cap­tain on Would I Lie To You?, a hugely pop­u­lar panel show.

Lee has long been fas­ci­nated by his “job­bing comic” great grand­fa­ther, Billy Mac. His re­search re­veals that Billy played the tough­est gigs imag­in­able – en­ter­tain­ing fel­low sol­diers on the Western Front as a mem­ber of a con­cert party, the Op­ti­mists.

Lee also learns about his mother’s Ir­ish fore­bears, a fam­ily saga en­com­pass­ing em­i­gra­tion to Mon­treal, un­li­censed booze and the up­heavals of con­flict.

THEMES: the First World War, the Ir­ish Civil War, va­ri­ety the­atre

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