Not Going Out, 2006 – Present
One of the better of the more recent sitcoms that have popped up accross various channels this one from the BBC, Not Going Out has so far ran for six series totaling forty three episodes from 2006 to the present day.
The series was originally headed by two of the country’s most popular stand up comedians Lee Mack and Tim Vine. At the end of series five Tim Vine quit the show to concentrate on his live work. In the original pilot of the series, which has not been aired, the part of Kate was played by Catherine Tate. However, due to the success of The Catherine Tate Show, her character was re-written for the American actress Megan Dodds
The show has been a success with audiences from the very first series, yet in 2009 the BBC decided to cancel it. The decision was reversed in December of the same year , with the BBC renewing the show for a fourth series, which aired from 6 January 2011.
During an appearence on BBC1’s The One Show on 5 April 2013, Lee Mack confirmed that a seventh series and two Christmas specials had been commissioned. He also said he would like to develop a version of the show for a live tour and a film version.
On 24 March 2016, it was advised via Production company Avalon’s website: “Tickets have just been released for the eighth series of Rose d’Or and RTS award-winning sitcom Not Going Out starring BAFTA winner Lee Mack.” Clearly confirming that Not Going Out would return for an eighth series.
Back in the summer of 2016 writer Lee Mack hinted that the show might take a different direction for series eight but nothing was confirmed. It is now known that series eight will be set a few years after the events of the 2015 Christmas special and will show how Lee and Lucy cope being parents to three young children. At a December 2016 press screening for the new series it was confirmed that Not Going Out will actually be going out for a ninth and tenth series, although no further details were made available.
Lee, unambitious and unmotivated, goes from one job to another, living off the good graces of his landlady Kate, with whom he shares a flat in London. It is not long before they find that their friendship is changing into something more. The situation is somewhat complicated by the fact that Lee’s best friend Tim, is Kate’s ex-boyfriend (they broke up when he left her for a fling with 23-year-old Emma) and he wants to repair their relationship. Lee is torn between pursuing his growing feelings for Kate and remaining loyal to his increasingly paranoid friend.
Tim Vine (series 1-5)
Miranda Hart (series 1-3)
Megan Dodds (series 1 & 2)
Created By: Lee Mack
Produced By: Avalon Television for BBC
Original Run: 6th October 2006 – present
New series starts January 13th at 9.00pm !