The Last Leg fans were left in tears on Thursday after the show paid tribute to comedian Sean Lock following his death last week.
Viewers praised the show for sharing a clip of the comic along with a title card dedicating the episode to him, after he passed away following a secret two-year battle with lung cancer.
Sean’s passing last week sparked a wave of tributes from fans, comics and TV stars alike. The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star had continued to work despite his illness, and he has left a fortune of nearly £3 million to his family.
Emotional: The Last Leg fans were left in tears on Thursday after the show paid tribute to comedian Sean Lock following his death last week
After the opening episode of The Last Leg’s new series, which will air nightly during the 2020 Paralympic Games, the show cut to a historic clip of Sean appearing on the show’s first series back in 2012.
Reading out a viewers’ question, Josh Widdecombe said: ‘Is it OK to kneel down if you’re having a photo taken with Ellie Simmonds?’
Sean quickly responded: ‘It depends how tall you are doesn’t it?’ sparking chuckles from Josh, Alex Brooker and host Adam Hills.
Emotional: The comic passed away last week at the age of 58, following a secret two-year battle with lung cancer
Funny: After the opening episode of The Last Leg’s new series, the show cut to a historic clip of Sean appearing on the show’s first series back in 2012
The show then cut to a title card reading: ‘In memory of Sean Lock.’
The tribute was praised by many viewers, with some tweeting they were once again moved to tears a week after Sean’s death was first announced.
One tweeted: ‘Tear-inducing seeing Sean Lock. Going to miss his humour.
Another added: ‘God, that Sean Lock clip at the end, while a third penned: ‘A great first episode of the Paralympics #TheLastLeg, and floored once again by the subtle but sweet Sean Lock tribute at the end (which of course, he never was).
Cheeky: Reading out a viewers’ question, Josh Widdecombe said: ‘Is it OK to kneel down if you’re having a photo taken with Ellie Simmonds?’
Hilarious: Sean quickly responded: ‘It depends how tall you are doesn’t it?’ sparking chuckles from Josh, Alex Brooker and host Adam Hills’
One emotional viewer also penned: ‘Unexpectedly hit by that Sean Lock tribute, still can’t believe she’s gone.’
Another added: ‘A really nice tribute to Sean Lock at the end, this is going to be such a fun couple of weeks, I’m Paralympics ready!!’
Sean’s death was announced on Wednesday in a statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions, which said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock. He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family.
‘Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.
Sad: The show then cut to a title card reading: ‘In memory of Sean Lock’
Crying: The tribute was praised by many viewers, with some tweeting they were once again moved to tears a week after Sean’s death was first announced
‘Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.’
The comedian, known for his surreal content and deadpan style, was best known as a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s popular Channel 4 comedy panel show and its spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Jimmy Carr led the tributes, saying it was ‘brutal news’ and that he was ‘laughing and crying’ while watching clips of Lock today – while his friend Lee Mack, who called him a ‘true original both in comedy and life’.
RIP: Sean’s death was announced on Wednesday in a statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions (pictured in 2017)
Father-of-three Lock, who had two daughters and one son with his wife Anoushka, appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over – and also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.
He previously credited a one-night stand in the 1990s with saving his life, after the woman he was with spotted a black and misshapen patch of skin on his back, which he had removed in hospital and it was diagnosed as skin cancer.
Following Sean’s death, Bill Bailey revealed he’d been secretly battling lung cancer, after being diagnoses with the illness ‘a few years’ ago.’
So sad: Father-of-three Lock, who had two daughters and one son with his wife Anoushka, appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over (pictured in 2006)
‘We’ve tried to make the most of the last few years. We spent a lot of time together and went on trips together. And he’s continued to work.
‘He’s amazingly courageous and tough individual who was mentally strong throughout the whole time. I’m just grateful for the time we have had together.
‘A lot of comics are talking about the fact that he inspired them to become comedians. He was the one that gave them the strength and courage to carry on as comedians – it’s a tough business.
‘He was fearless and determined and that’s what gave them strength.’
From building sites to adored comedian, Sean Lock’s journey to stardom
Sean Lock on stage at the ‘We Know Where You Live. Live!’ event at Wembley in June 2001
Born in Woking, Surrey, the comedy star left school in the early 1980s and began working on building sites but developed skin cancer, which he blamed on over-exposure to the sun. He made a full recovery and focused on a career in comedy.
One of his first professional TV appearances was in 1993, starring alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their signature TV show Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.
He script-edited the 1998 BBC Two series, Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show on BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery, which was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High.
The show was set in a tower block and centred on a pessimistic character called Vince (played by Lock) and his flatmate Errol, played by Benedict Wong.
In 2005 Lock became a regular team captain on the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, a role he held for 18 series.
Between 2006 and 2007 he hosted Channel 4 series, TV Heaven, Telly Hell, in which he invited celebrities to share their own selection of TV’s triumphs and tragedies. Guests on the show included Alan Davies, Johnny Vaughan, David Mitchell, Bill Bailey, Johnny Vegas and Nick Hancock.
Speaking at the time, Lock said: ‘I think one of my all-time favourite shows is Catchphrase with Roy Walker. I loved it. I used to like Roy’s restraint, because, for a comedian, the opportunity to take the mick out of some of the ridiculous answers could have been too hard to resist.’
Lock also appeared on panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over. In 2000 he won the gong for the best live stand-up at the British Comedy Awards.