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

Not Going Out

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2006 - 2023
  • 100 episodes (13 series)

Fast-paced, gag-packed studio sitcom starring Lee Mack and Sally Bretton. Also features Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden, Geoffrey Whitehead, Deborah Grant, Bobby Ball and more.

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Christmas Shopping

It is Christmas Eve and newlyweds Lee and Lucy are doing some last-minute shopping when an unexpected stranger turns their Christmas upside down.

Further details

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

An action-packed episode at the end of last year saw Lee finally tie the knot with his long-suffering landlady and object of his affections, Lucy.

One year on, a heavily pregnant Lucy is three days overdue with their first baby when they find themselves mistakenly caught up in a robbery at the local department store along with Lee's dad Frank dressed as Santa's elf, uber-ditzy friend Daisy, and neighbours Toby and Anna.

Locked in and faced with a dangerous robber wearing a Father Christmas latex mask, they need to come up with an escape plan before things take a turn for the worse. With plenty of screaming and hiding in Santa's grotto, will Lee's actions and usually ill-thought-out ideas get them into even more trouble?

Broadcast details

Thursday 24th December 2015
45 minutes
  • Thursday 10th December 2015 at Curzon Soho (Screening)


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 26th December 2015 12:15am BBC1
Monday 12th December 2016 10:00pm Dave
Tuesday 13th December 2016 2:00am Dave
Sunday 25th December 2016 1:00am Dave
Saturday 8th April 2017 8:00pm Dave
Thursday 25th May 2017 10:00pm Dave
Saturday 16th September 2017 8:00pm Dave
Thursday 5th October 2017 10:00pm Dave
Saturday 26th October 2019 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 17th October 2020 8:00pm Dave
Sunday 22nd November 2020 1:35am Dave
Monday 19th April 2021 3:00am Dave
Friday 30th April 2021 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 1st May 2021 2:00am Dave
Saturday 1st May 2021 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 22nd May 2021 8:00pm Dave
Saturday 19th February 2022 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 2nd July 2022 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 5th November 2022 8:00pm Dave
Monday 2nd January 2023 2:30am Dave
Sunday 29th January 2023 2:00am Dave
Saturday 20th May 2023 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 24th June 2023 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 7th October 2023 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 2nd December 2023 9:25pm BBC1
Saturday 17th February 2024 10:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Lee Mack Lee
Sally Bretton Lucy
Hugh Dennis Toby
Abigail Cruttenden Anna
Bobby Ball Frank
Katy Wix Daisy
Guest cast
Ryan Oliva Robber
Matt Emery Bill
Anthony Adjekum Mike
Clive Hickey Santa
Writing team
Lee Mack Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Production team
Nick Wood Director
Jamie Rix Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
Lee Mack Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Richard Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Steve Brown Composer
Alex Hardcastle Composer


Radio Times review

And you thought Not Going Out ended for good last Christmas when hopeless slacker Lee actually did the right thing for once and married the long-suffering Lucy.

But no, everyone is back for a special episode with a festive theme. A year on from the wedding and Lucy (Sally Bretton) is heavily pregnant, three days overdue with her and Lee's first baby. But the poor woman can't simply put her feet up and await the birth, she and Lee (Lee Mack) are embroiled in a hold-up at a department store. Their captor is Father Christmas himself.

All of the regulars return, including the estimable Katy Wix as dopey Daisy, and the gag count is as high as ever.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 16th December 2015

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