|Great Night Out|
|Created by||Mark Bussell|
|Written by||Mark Bussell|
|Directed by||Elliot Hegarty|
Iain B MacDonald
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Running time||44–46 minutes (60 minutes including commercials)|
|Production company||Hat Trick Productions|
|Original network||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original release||11 January –|
15 February 2013
The series follows the misadventures of four thirty-something former school friends from Stockport, Matthew 'Beggsy' Begg (William Ash), Paddy 'Hodge' Hodgkinson (Lee Boardman), Glyn Thwaite (Craig Parkinson), and Darren 'Daz' Taylor (Stephen Walters). All four love football and are lifelong fans of Stockport County. Hodge has been married for five years prior to the first episode, whilst Daz is in a long-term relationship. Glyn and Beggsy both get girlfriends as the series progresses. They frequent their local pub, the Admiral Nelson, where they often tease and banter with the landlord Warren Peterson (Ricky Tomlinson).
Actor Stephen Walters, who plays Daz in the series, described the show by saying: "Great Night Out is a positive and upbeat comedy drama series and audiences love that sort of escapism. People don't always want to sit though something dark and hard-hitting and depressing. There's a place for those sort of shows, but at a time when people are tightening their belts this series is all about warmth, friendship and pure escapism."
Hodge (Lee Boardman)
Paddy Hodgkinson, a.k.a. "Hodge", sees himself as the leader of the group, although his friends don't see him that way. He speaks with the voice of authority on most subjects, even though his knowledge is often lacking. He is very Humorous and lovable, Hodge often banters with both Beggsy and local pub landlord Warren. Whilst he thinks of himself as the man of the house, his penchant for avoiding responsibility and spending money leave his wife Kath in charge of their household. Boardman describes his character as "lovable and overweight",
Beggsy (William Ash)
Matthew Begg, a.k.a. Beggsy, often rubs Hodge up the wrong way and winds him up. Overall though he's a friendly man, happy being single with the odd one night stand. Divorced for a year, he still pines after his ex-wife Mandy who left him a year ago, running off to Australia to live with her new husband Wayne and taking their eleven-year-old daughter Kelly with her. At the beginning of the series he's the only one without a partner and he's in a bit of a relationship funk.
Glyn (Craig Parkinson)
Glyn Thwaite is a lovable underdog. He's a sensitive man and a nice hard-working guy who's unfortunately always one sentence behind and forever playing catch-up. Glynn works for "Mad Tony" who is known for his hot-temper; in episode 6 he has to look after Tony's house, but the lads decide to have a party there when Stockport County F.C. play Manchester United. He meets his high-school crush Julie played by Christine Bottomley, and yearns after her, but seems to embarrass himself every-time he attempts to talk to her, despite taking the advice of the others in the group. He eventually does win her heart and she becomes his girlfriend.
Daz (Stephen Walters)
Darren Taylor, a.k.a. Daz, is the fourth member of the gang who is described as the eternal pessimist of the group. He's the first to pull Hodge up on his sometimes questionable fashion sense, and the first to put a negative on a situation. He often performs strange actions, such as climbing on the roof of a house in episode 2 and claiming it was 'tranquil'. In an on-again/off-again relationship with Colleen (Naomi Bentley), Daz can't seem to live with her as much as he can't live without her. Walters describes his character as "...an underdog, the eternal pessimist of the group".
Kath (Rebekah Staton)
Hodge's wife Kath often has the final say with Hodge, who is intimidated by her, but they really do love each other. She works a stressful job at the local bowling alley during the day and many of Hodge's poor choices and mistakes in the evening. Stanton says of her character, "I play Mrs Hodge. It says in the script that I wear the trousers. I like to think it's more the shirt and tie and trousers and jacket".
Colleen (Naomi Bentley)
Naomi Bentley plays Colleen, Daz's long-suffering girlfriend.They share a very On-again, off-again relationship, and no-one can understand why they are still together. Bentley describes Daz and their on-screen relationship as: "He's just a miserable git really who's set in his ways and it drives Colleen crazy. They're like that couple that everyone knows - you can't understand why they're still together because one minute they're on, the next they're off and it's really passionate. Whether it's off or on they commit to whatever state they're in, so it's quite volatile. When we first meet them they're very much off." Quick and with a dry sense of humor, Colleen tend towards brutal honesty. She shares a flat with an incompetent roommate Bev (Isy Suttie), who does not get along with Daz.
Julie (Christine Bottomley)
The female trio is completed by Christine Bottomley who plays Julie, a nurse and Glyn's love interest. Glyn's high school crush, she is now a gorgeous young single woman who seems to be out of his league. Following a chance meeting at a nightclub a will-they-won't they relationship ensues. Julie visibly finds Glyn attractive and refreshing, but their relationship takes time to develop. Bottomley says of her character: "She takes a little warming up, because she's quite shy really. That was a challenge for me to play. I'm quite gobby! Julie is a warm character and instantly loyal".
Warren (Ricky Tomlinson)
Warren is the landlord of the Admiral Nelson Pub and will do anything he can to keep the boys coming in and spending money. A father figure who nurses a secret admiration for the four leads, he also enjoys playing pranks on them and participating in banter. In an effort to draw customers and make more money, Warren has quiz nights and bingo, like other local pubs. Tomlinson describes Warren as "a know-all landlord who does anything he can to get them boys coming in...He enjoys playing pranks on them and kidding around but his main purpose it to get them to spend as much money as possible".
Pam (Susie Blake)
Pam is Beggsy's Mum and her sole objective is to ensure her son's happiness. The perfect mum, until she realizes she could make herself happy if she had a man. Now her goal is for Beggsy to find someone else rather than chasing after his ex-wife, who he obviously still loves. She doesn't interfere exactly, but he is always at her house even though he doesn't live there. Blake says of their relationship: "They go over things at meal times and I identify with that because I'm like that with my own son. He's 33 and married but he rings me up to talk about his problems and that's lovely."
Bev (Isy Suttie)
Bev is Colleen's eccentric housemate who is madly in love with Beggsy. She and Daz have an intense feud, but they put up with each other for Colleen's sake. She loves cats and baking cakes, and the secret ingredient to her cake recipes is 'anger'. She says that lederhosen and animal cruelty are some of the things that make her angry. She has also sniffed marker pen at some point, as stated by Colleen in episode 6.
Tony (Connor McIntyre)
Tony (nicknamed 'Mad Tony' by Warren) is a local gangster who lives in a huge mansion in the surrounding countryside. He is Glyn's boss, and owns a dog called Napoleon, which the lads find out about rather unpleasantly the first time they visit Tony's house.
Series One (2013)
|1||"Episode 1"||Elliot Hegarty||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||11 January 2013|
Hodge and Kath's seemingly carefully planned wedding anniversary celebrations go slightly awry when some of the guests are waylaid. Meanwhile, Glyn goes to the extreme lengths of taking salsa lessons in an attempt to catch the eye of his gorgeous school sweetheart Julie, and the lads help a worse-for-wear comrade in need, with disastrous consequences.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
|2||"Episode 2"||Elliot Hegarty||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||18 January 2013|
When the lads try to pep Daz up after yet another row with girlfriend Colleen, Glyn's first day in his new job as a chauffeur for local psycho gangster Mad Tony is badly affected. Hodge's questionable fashion choice inadvertently lands the lads in more than a spot of bother and when Glyn's car gets stolen, they are in deep trouble.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
|3||"Episode 3"||Elliot Hegarty||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||25 January 2013|
Beggsy gets a surprise visit from his ex-wife Mandy, and quickly realises that the embers of their relationship are still smouldering. Meanwhile Glyn learns that honesty really is the best policy when trying to win the affection of Julie. Meanwhile, a schoolboy row over their teacher resurfaces between Daz and Hodge, threatening to disrupt Glyn's fancy dress birthday party plans.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
|4||"Episode 4"||Iain B MacDonald||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||1 February 2013|
Daz moves into Colleen and Bev's place, using Beggsy as his bargaining tool to clinch the deal after Hodge fits him a wet room upstairs which then proceeds to wreck his house when it falls into his downstairs living room. Glyn's new bromance with an old friend unsettles the group who are suspicious of his motives. Hodge finds himself in unfamiliar territory when Kath broaches the subject of starting a family, and further 'man problems' arise from this.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
|5||"Episode 5"||Iain B MacDonald||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||8 February 2013|
Hodge & Kath's romantic countryside weekend away turns out to be anything but when some unexpected visitors join them. Add some very posh fellow campers, and a crazy shotgun-wielding singing farmer, whilst Beggsy finds himself finally enjoying the spoils he's been missing out on in the single life. Colleen's frisky new ways have Daz asking himself some difficult questions.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
|6||"Episode 6"||Iain B MacDonald||Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni||15 February 2013|
Glyn scuppers the lads' plans to go to the biggest football game in history meaning he'll have to go to big lengths to make it up to them. Hodge & Kath have a trial-course of parenting only to learn it's not all it's cracked up to be and Daz has to enlist the help of Colleen's eccentric housemate Bev to spring a surprise on his girlfriend.Additional material: Steve Turner & Jonathan Harvey
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