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. 78 episodes (10 series), 2006 - 2019. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Bobby Ball, Hugh Dennis and others.

Next new episode is today at 9pm. Series 10, Episode 2
Catch-up on Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer   Series 8, Episode 3 is repeated on Dave on Friday at 11:15pm.

Press Clippings

Not Going Out: series 10 review

It's in a different phase of its life but it's still much the same.

Jacob Gibbs, On The Box, 15th April 2019

A new series begins with Lee, family and friends waiting to make a sponsored parachute jump to raise money for a children's hospital ward. But, as it turns out, one parachute is missing - who will provide the best excuse to stay behind? A little comic masterpiece of cowardice that is worthy of Hancock's Half Hour.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 15th April 2019 Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019

Not Going Out live episode review

A live version of Not Going Out was never going to be as inventive as Inside No 9 doing the same - real-time tweets, big plot twists and all. But true to form, it's was safely, but not excitingly, funny.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 22nd December 2018

TV review: Not Going Out Live, BBC One

Let's be honest, you watched the live edition of Not Going Out hoping that the scenery would fall on Lee Mack didn't you?

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 22nd December 2018

Not Going Out Live review

There's the odd pun which is a bit embarrassing (like one about a contortionist which is particularly bad) but overall it's a fun enough diversion, an entertaining bit of silliness that hasn't persuaded me to watch the series again on a regular basis but if they do another live episode I'll certainly tune in.

Alice Finch, Comedy To Watch, 21st December 2018

How to keep a sitcom fresh? Having morphed Not Going Out from farce to family comedy, Lee Mack now attempts the risky undertaking of a live episode, which finds Lee and Lucy organising a Christmas show to raise cash for their children's school. What could possibly go wrong?

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 21st December 2018

Not Going Out Christmas special to be broadcast live

A Christmas special of Lee Mack's sitcom Not Going Out is to be broadcast live on BBC One on 21st December.

British Comedy Guide, 26th November 2018

Lucy finds out that the lollipop man has, aptly, been giving the kids lollipops every day. This prompts her to send the family on an enforced health kick, much to Lee's disdain. Lee wrestles hilariously with guilt when he is tasked with asking the elderly and lonely lollipop man to stop handing out treats.

Candice Carty-Williams, The Guardian, 12th April 2018

A dinner party invite from Anna and Toby threatens to ruin Lucy and Lee's evening slumped in front of Norwegian noir on Netflix. Efforts to avoid an awkward evening culminate in a manufactured row but, unluckily for Lee and Lucy, their friends have shared experience as career quarrellers.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 5th April 2018