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. 80 episodes (10 series), 2006 - 2020. Stars Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Hugh Dennis, Abigail Cruttenden and others.

New special this December.
Series 3, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold on Saturday at 2:25am.


The non-broadcast pilot of Not Going Out was filmed on Sunday the 2nd October 2005 at Teddington Studios.

The part of Kate was played by Catherine Tate in the pilot, however Megan Dodds took on the role when the series got the go-ahead from the BBC.

The filming deadlines on the second series were very tight - Avalon were still filming episodes as the new series began going out on BBC One. As a result, the editing team had to turn around episodes much quicker than normal.

The 2009 Christmas Special accidentally received it's debut on Comedy Central Extra... in the summer.

The episode was originally planned to be shown on BBC One during Christmas 2008, however the late scheduling of the third series, and the announcement that the show had been cancelled, resulted in the BBC putting off the broadcast...

Thus Comedy Central Extra were actually the first to show the episode, as it was accidentally included as part of a repeat run package given to the channel.

From Series 5 onwards, Not Going Out was produced in association with Lee Mack's own company, Arlo Productions.

In the 2013 Christmas special, the ghostly boy was played by Arlo McKillop... Lee Mack's son (McKillop is Mack's real name).