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Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton). Copyright: Avalon Television / Arlo Productions.

Not Going Out

BBC One sitcom about a lazy northern joker. 54 episodes (7 series), 2006 - 2015. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix, Tim Vine and others.

Another series is in development.
(Series 1, Episode is repeated on Gold on Thursday at 10:35pm)

Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Lucy (Sally Bretton), Lee (Lee Mack), Daisy (Katy Wix). Copyright: Avalon Television / Arlo Productions.

Not Going Out

A fast-paced gag-orientated studio-based BBC One sitcom starring Lee Mack as a lazy slacker and Sally Bretton as his pretty landlady

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2006 - 2015
54   (7 series), plus 2 short and out-takes specials
Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix, Tim Vine, Bobby Ball, Geoffrey Whitehead, Deborah Grant, Hugh Dennis and others
Lee Mack, Derren Litten, Dave Cohen, Simon Griffiths, David Isaac, Liam Woodman, Milton Jones, Daniel Peak and others
Alex Hardcastle and Nick Wood
Alex Hardcastle, Nick Wood, Charlie Hanson and Jamie Rix

Not Going Out is a light-hearted, fast-paced mainstream sitcom based around the life of a man un-burdened by ambition or drive. Lee deflects criticism and bad news with his trademark wit and one-liners but deep down he is looking for love, a steady job and a flat he can call his own.

In the first series Lee stayed in the flat with an American health fanatic called Kate. Their easy-going, comfortable friendship steadily moved onto potentially romantic ground - a situation complicated by the fact that Lee's best mate Tim was Kate's previous boyfriend.

Kate moved back to America before Series 2 started. Unable to buy the flat himself due to his enduring inability to earn a steady income, Lee was forced to rent the spare room from the flat's new owner - Tim's ambitious younger sister Lucy. Series 3 continued with this premise.

Series 4 saw Lee still desperate to win the affections of his flatmate, Lucy. But it still wasn't plain sailing... and it wasn't just Lee's complete lack of drive getting in the way! Not only are friends Tim and Daisy on hand to cause problems, but Lee also had to cope with stolen drugs, missing OAPs, long-lost daughters and a coma.

In the 5th series Lee turned rocker when he joined Tim's band, cheered on by Tim's ditzy girlfriend Daisy. He also took on the role of carer for his scrounging father; injured himself training for a fun run; and proved his manliness by camping in a dark spooky forest.

Series 6 opened with Tim away, working in Germany. That didn't mean Lee's life got any easier, however, with incidents involving rabbits and childrens' parties, therapy, amateur dramatics, and a particularly eventful skiing holiday with both Lucy and Daisy. However, a boating adventure may offer the chance Lee's long been wishing for...

Series 7 saw the will-they-won't-they tension between Lee and Lucy reach new highs.

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