Not Going Out - Series 6 Page 5

Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Benji (Max Pattison), Charlie (Finley Southby), Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton), Molly (Francesca Newman). Copyright: BBC.

Not Going Out

Fast-paced, gag-packed studio sitcom starring Lee Mack and Sally Bretton

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radiat10n

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 10:14am [Edited]
  • South Norwood, England
  • 533 posts

Any other show that ripped its major plotline from a very old joke (although it was originally cats, rather than bunnies, I believe!) and trotted out one of sitcom's biggest/dullest cliches in the 'buy an identical animal to replace dead one' section would usually get short shrift from me. But I was (mostly) too busy laughing to care.

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Sinon

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:11am [Edited]
  • England
  • 458 posts

I'm a bit puzzled by all the rave reveiws: "excellent" "great" "hilarious"!!!
I think I must have watched something different to you all. The only funny thing I can remember is Lee running away from the door.

I don't actually remember one funny line.
"Warren Burrows... 1 Rabbit Road" made me cringe. That horse was already dead before Rabbit Road but it did remind me of Porridge (which was nice), which was when I first heard that joke.

I like Lee Mack but I think everything in this was obvious and unfunny... And all a bit laboured. This 'suspension of disbelief' is all well and good but mine won't stretch that far!

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Gordon Bennett

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:27am [Edited]
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • 19,199 posts
Quote: Sinon @ April 6 2013, 11:11 AM BST

I'm a bit puzzled by all the rave reveiws: "excellent" "great" "hilarious"!!!
I think I must have watched something different to you all. The only funny thing I can remember is Lee running away from the door.

I don't actually remember one funny line.
"Warren Burrows... 1 Rabbit Road" made me cringe. That horse was already dead before Rabbit Road but it did remind me of Porridge (which was nice), which was when I first heard that joke.

I like Lee Mack but I think everything in this was obvious and unfunny... And all a bit laboured. This 'suspension of disbelief' is all well and good but mine won't stretch that far!


I think this is one of the rare cases where it's legal to say "It's a nice way of spending 30 minutes". Nothing more, nothing less. Lee Mack's wooden performance and the sloppy timing prevent this from being a classic in any way, imo. A real classic needs charismatic performances by the actors (you mentioned Porridge/Barker!) and a much less sterile atmosphere. But again. There are worse ways of spending 30 minutes. It was like one of the better American sitcoms. Great fun while it lasts...but nothing to remember years after the first watch. But then, like I said, this is my first episode of NGO...so I better keep my mouth shut.

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Pingl

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:29am [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,818 posts

Bit of a one trick pony this show, it passed half an hour, but was too frantic and too eager to please. I miss Tim and his yang to Lee's ying. Still, I've seen worse, however I may tire of its eagerness to chuck the kitchen sink at an easy laugh and the use of old gags and props, elephant man, run over small animals etc

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Aaron

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:38am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,713 posts
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ April 6 2013, 8:21 AM BST

The man realising it's not Button before even looking into the bag


Yes I noticed that. I'd completely forgotten due to laughing within a few seconds though.

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Sinon

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:42am [Edited]
  • England
  • 458 posts
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ April 6 2013, 11:27 AM BST

I think this is one of the rare cases where it's legal to say "It's a nice way of spending 30 minutes". Nothing more, nothing less. Lee Mack's wooden performance and the sloppy timing prevent this from being a classic in any way, imo. A real classic needs charismatic performances by the actors (you mentioned Porridge/Barker!) and a much less sterile atmosphere. But again. There are worse ways of spending 30 minutes. It was like one of the better American sitcoms. Great fun while it lasts...but nothing to remember years after the first watch. But then, like I said, this is my first episode of NGO...so I better keep my mouth shut.


A person's opinion who's only watched this episode is every bit as valid as someone whose watched them all. I know what you mean though about 'nice to watch'. I'm the same way with Last Of The Summer Wine... I've never actually laughed at anything in that either. It's like a walk in the Yorkshire countryside for people who are to lazy to walk... Like me.

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Nil Putters

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 11:53am
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts

Great start. I didn't miss Tim at all.

Did they mention where he was?

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G180e

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 12:31pm
  • Wolverhampton, England
  • 3,371 posts
Quote: Nil Putters @ April 6 2013, 11:53 AM BST

Great start. I didn't miss Tim at all.

Did they mention where he was?


Same here.

But why did Daisy not go with Tim to Germany?

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zooo

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 12:41pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

Presumably she has a job here. (What is her job?)

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Nil Putters

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 12:56pm
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts

Looking silly?

Quote: G180e @ April 6 2013, 12:31 PM BST


But why did Daisy not go with Tim to Germany?


Oh, is that what happened to Tim? Must've missed that bit.

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zooo

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 1:01pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

It was all in the first few seconds.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 1:05pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,713 posts
Quote: G180e @ April 6 2013, 12:31 PM BST

But why did Daisy not go with Tim to Germany?


They said it was a work placement for a couple of ... months? I think. But then that it was going so well he might stay longer. If I recall correctly. So, as they're not married, it would be natural for her to stay here here for what would be assumed to be just a couple of months.

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Nil Putters

  • Saturday 6th April 2013, 1:15pm
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts
Quote: zooo @ April 6 2013, 1:01 PM BST

It was all in the first few seconds.


Ah.