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.

Another series is in development.
Series 9, Episode 3 is repeated on Dave on Saturday at 8pm.
Recording at Chiswick Theatre. Tickets

Press Clippings

Bobby Ball's character to have funeral in Not Going Out

Tommy Cannon is being invited to play the priest at the funeral of Bobby Ball's character in comedy Not Going Out.

Andy Halls, The Sun, 29th January 2021

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2020 shortlist

60 TV and radio programmes have been shortlisted across 10 categories for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2020. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 11th January 2021

Blankety Blank most-watched new TV comedy in 2020

Blankety Blank was the most-watched new British comedy on TV in 2020. 5.2 million viewers tuned in to see the comic game show's revival on Christmas Day. The Graham Norton Show and ITV sitcom Kate & Koji also got over 5 million viewers last year.

British Comedy Guide, 1st January 2021

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

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

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019 shortlist

60 TV and radio programmes have been shortlisted across 10 categories for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2019. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 13th January 2020

This sitcom has long delivered strong festive episodes, and this year's is no different. It should have been a simple Christmas Eve shopping trip to buy an inflatable Santa. Instead, it turns into an endless shaggy dog story, involving petty theft, an aggressive bull, a sinister truck driver and a cargo ship. Can Lee save the day? "That man has kidnapped Christmas, and I'm the SAS!"

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 24th December 2019

TV preview: Not Going Out Halloween Special, BBC One

Is Lee Mack trying to muscle in on Inside No 9 territory? This Halloween edition of the enduring light-hearted domestic sitcom has scarier ambitions than usual. It is even scheduled later than it usually goes out. Although don't worry too much about the kids having nightmares. I'm sure they watch nastier stuff on their phones in bed.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th October 2019

Not Going Out: Halloween Special review

Despite the growing popularity of trick or treat, special Halloween episodes of British sitcoms are still relatively rare.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 30th October 2019

BBC orders three more series of Not Going Out

Lee Mack has revealed that the BBC has ordered three more series of his sitcom Not Going Out. The recommission makes the show one of British comedy's longest-running sitcoms.

British Comedy Guide, 7th June 2019