Not Going Out gets seventh series & Christmas specials
Lee Mack, star, co-writer and co-creator of hit BBC One sitcom Not Going Out, has confirmed that the show is set to return.
Appearing on magazine programme The One Show to promote Series 6 of the hit sitcom, which starts tonight, Mack said: "Nothing's been signed yet, but it's virtually gonna happen!"
He added: "We're doing a Christmas special, then another series, then another Christmas special - and then I'm having a breakdown!"
The news of Series 7 marks a refreshed commitment to the popular comedy series by BBC One bosses, having previously faced a rather shaky future.
Early in 2009, after three successful series, the BBC cancelled the show in a move widely seen as being motivated by internal politics. Amidst popular outcry, news came a few months later that the sitcom would return. After its fourth run, BBC bosses showed faith in the ratings-winning format by ordering both a fifth and sixth series at the same time.
However, many fans are again worried for the future of the show, it having been revealed at the end of Series 5 that co-star Tim Vine, who played Lee's best friend and Lucy's brother, had quit the programme to pursue other projects. Tonight's episode, entitled Rabbit, will be the first not to feature Vine's character.
Lee Mack told presenters Louise Minchin and Chris Evans: "In the story, he's gone to Germany. We thought we'll cover him in like two or three episodes and make a big story - and in the end we thought 'oh what the hell, cover him in the first 5 seconds'. In tonight's episode, within 10 seconds we'll have covered why he's left and we never mention him again."
The seventh series is likely to be filmed this Autumn, as well as the first of the two Christmas specials.
Series 6 Episode 1, Rabbit, will be broadcast tonight on BBC One at 9:30pm.
Here is a preview clip from tonight's episode:
Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas, Kim Cattrall, Vic Reeves and Frank Skinner are amongst the stars of four silent physical comedies on Sky Arts.
Channel 4 is bringing back its Alternative Election Night format on the 7th May, with Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell leading a team of comedians in reporting the results.
Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Friday Night Dinner, its award-winning sitcom starring Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig and Mark Heap.
Channel Dave is to broadcast Dave's Election Night Special, a one-off documentary following Al Murray campaigning in the General Election as The Pub Landlord.
CBBC has ordered a 26-part animated sitcom series focused around former Big Breakfast characters Zig and Zag.
The shortlists for the 2015 BAFTA Television Awards have been announced. Detectorists, Harry & Paul, Moone Boy and The Wrong Mans are amongst the comedy nominees.
Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read
Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read
We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read
Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read
Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. Read
We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Enter