Lee and Lucy have to put on a Christmas variety show...

The Not Going Out Christmas Special will this year be going out live for the first time in the history of the hit Lee Mack comedy.

Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale have all broadcast live episodes before, and now Lee Mack is getting in on the act!

Talking about going live for the first time ever, Lee says: “Live episode of a BBC1 sitcom…what could possibly go wrong? Loads.  Which, let’s be honest, is why you sadists will be watching.  So don’t miss out on seeing me end my career.”

We’ll join Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) live from their festively decorated living room, where they’re talking about the Ding Dong Merrily on Live Christmas Spectacular – the Christmas variety show they’ve been roped into organising to raise money for their children’s school.

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Can Lee rope Toby into help this Christmas?

But, things famously never go quite to plan for Lee and Lucy and this Christmas proves no different.

The problem they face is the only confirmed act they have is an animal impersonator and that’s not going to make a whole show!

Desperate for some help, Lee and Lucy turn to Toby (Hugh Dennis) and his rather uptight wife Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) for help. But will they agree? And what could possibly go wrong with a knife throwing act?!

Last year’s Christmas special saw Lee and Lucy face a present crisis when they discovered that grandparents Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) and Wendy (Deborah Grant) had bought the same gift as them for the children.

While in the 2015 Not Going Out Christmas special Lucy, who was heavily pregnant, and Lee found themselves being held hostage in a shopping centre. And in the 2013 Christmas special the gang ended up in a haunted country house.

It’s fair to say that Christmas doesn’t tend to go smoothly for Lee and Lucy!

The Not Going Out Christmas special will be shown on Friday 21st December on BBC1.