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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Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Toby (Hugh Dennis), Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), Lee (Lee Mack), Wendy (Deborah Grant), Lucy (Sally Bretton), Frank (Bobby Ball). Copyright: Avalon Television
When parlour games are suspended in favour of a no-holds-barred round of New Year's Resolutions, the fireworks might be in the house...

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It's New Year's Eve and we join Lee and Lucy, Lee's lovably feckless father Frank, generally put upon Toby, the ever uptight Anna, Lucy's occasionally pompous father Geoffrey and an unusually high-spirited mother Wendy as they wait for the traditional midnight... trifle?

When parlour games are suspended in favour of a no-holds-barred round of new rear's resolutions, the fireworks might be in the house when friendly suggestions on how to improve individual behaviour are received with not a lot of festive spirit. Will it be a happy new year for Lee and Lucy in suburbia?


This episode features the laughter track from a virtual audience.

This episode is dedicated "in memory of our friend Bobby Ball (1944 - 2020).

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th December 2020
45 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 2nd January 2021 12:50am BBC1
Thursday 12th August 2021 10:00pm Dave
Friday 31st December 2021 12:45am BBC1
Friday 31st December 2021 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 23rd April 2022 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 26th November 2022 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 31st December 2022 11:00pm Dave
Saturday 8th April 2023 12:15am Dave
Saturday 8th April 2023 9:00pm Dave
Saturday 19th August 2023 8:00pm Dave
Sunday 31st December 2023 9:00pm Dave
Monday 1st January 2024 2:00am Dave

Cast & crew

Lee Mack Lee
Sally Bretton Lucy
Hugh Dennis Toby
Abigail Cruttenden Anna
Geoffrey Whitehead Geoffrey
Deborah Grant Wendy
Bobby Ball Frank
Writing team
Lee Mack Writer
Daniel Peak Writer
Simon Evans Writer (Additional Material)
Paul Kerensa Writer (Additional Material)
Simon Griffiths Writer (Additional Material)
Liam Woodman Writer (Additional Material)
Sarah Morgan Writer (Additional Material)
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
Emma James Line Producer
Richard Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Leah Archer Costume Designer
Carlene Gearing Make-up Designer
Martin Hawkins Lighting Designer
Steve Brown Composer
Alex Hardcastle Composer
Roger Planer Composer
John McBurnie Composer
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor


Review: Not Going Out

Well I guess if one sitcom title sums up 2020 it's this one. And they've given us a sort of socially distanced lockdown episode to see out the old year and see in the new (albeit a day early) with the entire cast including Bobby Ball all in one room throughout the special.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th December 2020

Not Going Out Christmas special review

Old-school festive chuckles, with the late Bobby Ball as cheeky as ever.

Catherine Pearson, Radio Times, 30th December 2020

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