Beyond Paradise’s Sally Bretton addresses BBC show axe: ‘Had huge impact’

Beyond Paradise star Sally Bretton opened up on her huge role away from playing Martha Lloyd on the hit BBC detective series, which is based in the fictional town of Shipton Abbott in Devon. She is also well-known for playing Lucy Adams on hit BBC comedy series Not Going Out, fronted by comedian Lee Mack.

The show reached 100 episodes during the Christmas special last year, but it was actually cancelled in 2009 after three series, when Tim Vine was still a main character and Sally had only been on for one series.

However, it was saved by a huge fan campaign, and has gone on to have ten more series, which has seen Lucy and Lee finally tie the knot and welcome three children.

Speaking about the fan campaign to save the show, Sally said: “People I speak to who have been going through hard times often say they go back to it because it’s a world where they just laugh.

I get a lot of people coming up to me who say, ‘I was really going through things and this was the only thing that I could actually watch,’ because it’s there to entertain and surprise you with things that make you laugh out of nowhere.”

She also shared her praise for co-star Lee, adding: “I think he packs it full of so many laugh out loud moments. There aren’t that many shows on telly like that. That’s what he’s good at, isn’t he?”

Lee added: “That was series three, just as we’d settled in and people were coming up to me in the street and going, oh I love the show. It got cancelled perfectly at the right time because the internet was kicking off.

“Nowadays you get asked to sign something on a weekly basis but it was quite unusual at the time and that’s when I realised it was having an impact.

“People were coming up to me in the street and saying thank you just for making them laugh – I realised it is quite important to make people laugh.”

The fourteenth series of the show is yet to be confirmed by the BBC, and Lee confirmed in December 2023 that “discussions are ongoing”.

However, the comedian added that he would “love to do more” but he was waiting for the final nod from BBC bosses.

Beyond Paradise airs Fridays at 8pm on BBC1.

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