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 couple. 79 episodes (10 series), 2006 - 2019. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 2, Episode 2 is repeated on Gold today at 9:20pm.

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

2006 - 2019
79   (10 series), plus 2 other episodes
Lee Mack
Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden, Bobby Ball, Geoffrey Whitehead, Deborah Grant, Francesca Newman and others
Lee Mack, Daniel Peak, Andrew Collins, Paul Kerensa, Simon Evans, Peter Tilbury and Simon Dean
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 fifth 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, with Lee eventually proposing to Lucy.

Series 8 picks up the couple's story seven years later. The pair now have three kids: Charlie, and twins Benji and Molly. How has layabout Lee survived these dramatic life-changes? How do the not-so-new parents find the joy/relentless onslaught of bringing up kids?

As if children weren't enough to keep the couple crashing from one near-disaster to the next, factor in Lee's lovably feckless father, Frank, close friends in the form of the world-weary (or more specifically, wife-weary) Toby and uptight ice-queen Anna. At least Lucy's more dependable parents are on hand, but we know what Geoffrey and Wendy make of their daughter's life choices, and more specifically her wisecracking husband.

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Production Details

Production companies
Also known as
  • NGO (Acronym)
Theme tune by Alex Hardcastle. Sung, we believe, by Stephen Triffitt.
Laugh track
Yes and no; it varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 6th October 2006 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 24th December 2019 on BBC One at 10pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 2 Episode 2: Today at 9:20pm on Gold
  2. Series 2 Episode 2: Tomorrow at 12:35am on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 9:20pm on Gold
  4. Series 2 Episode 3: Friday at 12:35am on Gold
  5. Series 2 Episode 4: Friday at 9:20pm on Gold
  6. Series 8 Episode 1: Saturday at 2:20am on Dave
  7. Series 8 Episode 1: Saturday at 7pm on Dave
  8. Series 8 Episode 2: Saturday at 7:40pm on Dave
  9. Series 8 Episode 3: Saturday at 8:20pm on Dave
  10. Series 2 Episode 5: Monday at 9:20pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 2 Episode 6: Tuesday at 12:35am on Gold
  12. Series 2 Episode 6: Tuesday at 9:20pm on Gold
  13. Series 2 Episode 6: Wednesday 28th October at 12:35am on Gold
  14. Series 2 Episode 7: Wednesday 28th October at 9:20pm on Gold
  15. Series 2 Episode 7: Thursday 29th October at 12:30am on Gold
  16. Series 3 Episode 1: Thursday 29th October at 9:20pm on Gold
  17. Series 3 Episode 2: Thursday 29th October at 10pm on Gold
  18. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday 30th October at 12:30am on Gold
  19. Series 3 Episode 2: Friday 30th October at 1:10am on Gold
  20. Series 3 Episode 2: Friday 30th October at 9:20pm on Gold
  21. Series 8 Episode 4: Saturday 31st October at 2:35am on Dave
  22. Series 8 Episode 5: Saturday 31st October at 3:05am on Dave
  23. Series 8 Episode 4: Saturday 31st October at 7pm on Dave
  24. Series 8 Episode 5: Saturday 31st October at 7:40pm on Dave
  25. Series 8 Episode 6: Saturday 31st October at 8:20pm on Dave
  26. Series 3 Episode 3: Monday 2nd November at 9:20pm on Gold
  27. Series 3 Episode 3: Tuesday 3rd November at 12:55am on Gold
  28. Series 3 Episode 4: Tuesday 3rd November at 9:20pm on Gold
  29. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday 4th November at 12:55am on Gold
  30. Series 3 Episode 5: Wednesday 4th November at 9:20pm on Gold
  31. Series 3 Episode 5: Thursday 5th November at 12:55am on Gold
  32. Series 3 Episode 6: Thursday 5th November at 9:20pm on Gold
  33. Series 3 Episode 6: Friday 6th November at 12:35am on Gold
  34. Series 3 Episode 7: Friday 6th November at 9:20pm on Gold
  35. Series 3 Episode 7: Saturday 7th November at 12:30am on Gold
  36. Series 8 Episode 8: Saturday 7th November at 1:20am on Dave

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