Lee Mack packs 'em in

4.2m for new BBC One show

Lee Mack's All Star Cast drew a strong 4.2million viewers for new BBC One on Saturday night, with more than one in five of the total TV audience tuning in.

But it was less good news for ITV1's version of the panel show Jerry Seinfeld created, The Marriage Ref. which attracted just 2.25 million at 9pm, plus another 300,000 an hour later on the +1 channel.

It only narrowly beat Have I Got A Bit More News For You at the same time on BBC Two, which was seen by 2.13 million.

In what was a good night for comedy, even a rerun of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow won 3 million viewers – a fifth of the total audience at 10.45pm – and a Dad’s Army repeat won 2.4million on BBC Two at 7.30pm.

Published: 19 Jun 2011

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This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

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