What the press said about the last series…


“We’ve been staying in with Lee Mack’s hit sitcom for more than a decade now… and we’ve been laughing all the way… Mack performs his usual astonishing feat of levering several gags a minute into the storyline, while bouncing off Bretton who makes a wonderful sparring partner… Cue plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as everything descends into comedy chaos”

Sara Wallis, The Mirror


“Not Going Out has lasted a lot longer than most other sitcoms on the telly, and for good reason. Lee Mack’s award-winning show proves that funny British sitcoms do still exist.”

Eleanor Relf, The Sun


Lee Mack’s multi award-winning hit show, and longest running sitcom on air, returns to BBC One this April.

Not Going Out – Ep 1

I would absolutely parash*t myself.

Not Going Out returns to BBC One tonight, 9pm.

Posted by BBC Comedy on Monday, April 15, 2019


We jump straight back into the suburban-madness as married couple Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton); Lee’s lovably feckless father, Frank (Bobby Ball); best friends, world-weary Toby (Hugh Dennis) and uptight ice-queen Anna (Abigail Cruttenden); Lucy’s generally disappointed father Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) and nice mum Wendy (Deborah Grant), show courage and selflessness… are in very, very short supply.  As the family and friends take off for a sponsored group skydive for a local Children’s Ward, surely any emerging fears will be suppressed for the good of all on board and the soon-to-be-benefiting children?  Errrm.


Into the series Lee and Lucy: grapple with concerns over the kids’ sex education classes (of course Lee decides he’s the best person to take over); make the immediately questionable decision to go on a holiday with Toby and Anna; deal with a terrible Ofsted report at the kids’ school, which leads not only to moral dilemmas, but some slightly awkward religious passing-off; endure Lee’s hypochondria over his failing memory; untangle a complex mystery involving the smashing of a precious family heirloom; and ‘manage’ a builder whose attitude to deadlines is somewhat relaxed.  How could it all not go to plan?




“Confirmation, if it were needed, that laugh-out-loud BBC comedy Not Going Out is now fully at home in suburbia, and thriving with it… I’m sure this comedy is funnier than ever.”

David Stephenson, The Sunday Express


“no show on TV cleaves more faithfully to the old-school set-up/gag rhythm, with all the pleasing regularity of a comedy drum machine”

David Butcher, The Radio Times


“Series nine and those rapid fire gags are STILL on target… Of all TV genres, comedy is normally the most divisive. Alert to this, the makers of the longrunning sitcom Not Going Out keep it strictly old school… The quips came thick and fast like machine-gun fire.”

Claudia Connell, The Daily Mail


“plenty of great gags”

Jake Seale, The Guardian

Not Going Out series 10 starts Monday 15th April (TBC)


For more information, please contact: Dan Lloyd at Avalon on / 020 7598 7222




Episode 1 – Parachute


Toby organises a sponsored parachute jump to raise money for a Children’s Ward in his hospital. Supportively, Lee, Lucy, Anna and the grandparents all agree to take part, but once airborne will everyone pluck up the courage to jump?


Episode 2 – Facts of Life


Lee is outraged that the twins have started sex education at school and resolves to teach them everything he knows about the facts of life before Miss Anstis corrupts them.


Episode 3 – Holiday Share


Can Lee and Lucy’s friendship with Toby and Anna survive a long weekend in a damp cottage in the New Forest?


Episode 4 – Schooling


When Charlie’s school gets a bad Ofsted rating, Geoffrey and Wendy offer to pay to send Charlie to Private School, which presents Lee and Lucy with a moral dilemma.


Episode 5 – Memory


Lee decides to gatecrash Lucy’s favourite television programme and watch it with her. Lucy is not best pleased especially when Lee can’t remember the name of the leading actor


Episode 6 – Whodunnit?


Unable to convince Lucy that he didn’t smash Lucy’s precious heirloom, a blue and white antique vase that belonged to her grandmother, Lee summons the family to a meeting to flush out the culprit.


Episode 7 – Builder


Lucy takes the kids away to her parents while Lee stays in the house to oversee the building work in their kitchen. Unfortunately, the builder Lee has employed to do the job has an annoyingly relaxed attitude to deadlines.




An Avalon production, the series is directed by Nick Wood and produced by Jamie Rix.  Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Lee Mack and Jon Thoday.