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Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Lee (Lee Mack), Lucy (Sally Bretton).

Not Going Out

BBC One sitcom about a couple. 69 episodes (9 series), 2006 - 2018. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Bobby Ball, Hugh Dennis and others.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 9pm. Series 9, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on BBC iPlayer   Series 6, Episode 1 is repeated on Dave on Thursday at 10pm.

Not Going Out. Image shows from L to R: Lucy (Sally Bretton), Lee (Lee Mack).

Series 8, Episode 1 - Romance

Viewers last saw Lee and Lucy as a newlywed couple just having their first baby. Fast-forward seven years and baby Charlie now has five year-old twin siblings, Benji and Molly.

Full synopsis

Viewers last saw Lee and Lucy as a newlywed couple just having their first baby. Fast-forward seven years and baby Charlie now has five year-old twin siblings, 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?

If this wasn't enough for them to contend with, combine it with negotiating some tricky family members in the form of lovably feckless father Frank, always on hand with the terrifying offer of childcare, and close friends including 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 what exactly do Geoffrey and Wendy make of Lee and Lucy's often mad house?

What could possibly go wrong with: Lee doing his best to get the 'romance' back on track; Frank finally getting his wish to babysit the kids; Lucy and Lee loading up the car for a family holiday to France; Lee devising a 'brilliant' master-plan involving Emma Bunton and a hot tub; one of the kids, very worryingly, starting to take after one of their parents (clue, it isn't Lucy); marriage guidance making its way onto the couple's agenda; and a decision to be made whether three kids really are enough.

Broadcast details

Friday 13th January 2017
30 minutes


  1. Friday 7th July 2017 at 10:40pm on BBC1
  2. Thursday 7th December 2017 at 9:00pm on Dave
  3. Saturday 30th December 2017 at 8:00pm on Dave
  4. Saturday 17th March 2018 at 7:00pm on Dave

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lee Mack Lee
Sally Bretton Lucy
Hugh Dennis Toby
Geoffrey Whitehead Geoffrey
Deborah Grant Wendy
Francesca Newman Molly
Max Pattison Benji
Finley Southby Charlie
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
Richard Halladey Editor
James Dillon Production Designer
Steve Brown Composer
Alex Hardcastle Composer
Roger Planer Composer
John McBurnie Composer


Awkward anniversary dinner

Worried that their relationship has lost it's romance, Lee does something extra special for Lucy on an important date.

Featuring: Lee Mack (Lee), Sally Bretton (Lucy).


TV preview: Not Going Out, BBC1

Has Lee Mack become a time traveller? In the new series of Not Going Out he suddenly has three children, all around primary/infant school age, whereas a year ago he had only just become a father for the first time. Apparently the new series of Not Going Out is set seven years on. But don't expect any hoverboards or meals served in pill form. This is about as traditional and old-fashioned as sitcoms get.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 12th January 2017

Lee Mack's comedy has bounded forward seven years: Lee and Lucy now have three kids and a classic family sitcom set-up - stairs at the back, front door on the left, through-kitchen on the right - and jokes about how annoyed they are by each other's habits. As they spar over who's responsible for the lost romance, the relentless wisecracking style makes the ensuing screwball battle veer close to unpleasant bitterness. Still plenty of great gags, though.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 13th January 2017

Interview: Lee Mack on Not Going Out

Lee Mack confesses he's reached the age where he can usually be found beavering away in his garden shed. But you won't find him, like a lot of men approaching 50, repotting the begonias or pretending to tinker with the lawn mower. Mack's shed is where he spends hours writing the BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out, which returns on Friday for its eighth series in ten years.

Graham Wray, Radio Times, 13th January 2017

Not Going Out series 8 preview

Not Going Out isn't the sort of emotive, appointment-to-view comedy that so many artistically motivated comics are making. But the rarity of being a light sitcom that's dependably funny thanks to script and character - not the dated, grating extravagance of the likes of Citizen Khan or Mrs Brown's Boys - is quite the achievement. No wonder it's future is assured. The day Not Going Out is not going out on TV is a long way off.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 13th January 2017

Preview - Not Going Out

I've always enjoyed Not Going Out - probably because I like Lee Mack, so the return of the series was met with trumpets and fanfare at Chez Hargreaves. But that was before I realised that the new series includes kids.

Gareth Hargreaves, On The Box, 13th January 2017

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