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. 85 episodes (11 series), 2006 - 2021. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden and others.

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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.

New Year Special - Resolutions

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...

Further details

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

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Wednesday 30th December 2020
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lee Mack Lee
Sally Bretton Lucy
Hugh Dennis Toby
Abigail Cruttenden Anna
Bobby Ball Frank
Geoffrey Whitehead Geoffrey
Deborah Grant Wendy
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


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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