Sit­com that’s worth stay­ing in for

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Television -

BBC One’s long run­ning com­edy, Not Go­ing Out, con­tin­ues this week and there are no signs of the hit-show slow­ing down. Over ten years after it first aired on the BBC, the show is now on its eighth se­ries and has al­ready re­ceived the green light for se­ries nine and ten. Not Go­ing Out re­mains the long­est-run­ning UK tele­vi­sion sit­com still on-air.

A lot has changed since we first met Lee Mack’s char­ac­ter back in 2006. Dur­ing the Christ­mas 2015 spe­cial we saw the surprise wed­ding of Lee and Lucy (played by Sally Brett on) and now the show has jumped for­ward seven years and now sees the cou­ple as par­ents to Char­lie and five yearold twins, Benji and Molly.

The show still in­cludes favourite char­ac­ters like Lee’s ‘lov­ably feck­less’ fa­ther (played by Bobby Ball), and close friends in­clud­ing the ‘wife-weary’, Toby (Hugh Den­nis) and up­tight ice- queen Anna ( Abi­gail Crut­ten­den). Lucy’s more de­pend­able par­ents Ge­of­frey (Ge­of­frey White­head) and Wendy( Deb­o­rah Grant) are also set to ap­pear.

Shane Allen, Con­troller of Com­edy Com­mis­sion­ing at the BBC, is thrilled that Lee and Lucy are back: “Not Go­ing Out is on its way to mod­ern clas­sic sta­tus as it clocks up an­other richly gag-packed and comic in­ci­dent-heavy se­ries,

“The jump for­ward in­tro­duc­tion of their kids pro­vides Lee and Lucy with a new fam­ily do­mes­tic set­ting and spring­board to broaden out their world from a ‘will they, won’t they?’ dy­namic to the ‘why the hell have we?’ that comes with par­ent­ing.”

How­ever it’s not just his char­ac­ter that has seen changes, in the ten years since Not Go­ing Out be­gan, Lee Mack him­self has be­come a fa­ther of three, which is said to have changed his out­look as well as his com­edy writ­ing.

Mack once said that if char­ac­ters Lee and Lucy ever got to­gether then he would end the show. How­ever with Mack chang­ing his mind, the sit­com has re­ceived a shift and now fea­tures more of a fam­ily el­e­ment in­stead of the off beat ro­man­tic com­edy theme which dom­i­nated its first decade.

In last week’s episode we saw Lee try­ing to get the ‘ro­mance’ back on track with his wife after seven years of mar­riage. In this week’s in­stal­ment, we’ll see Lucy caus­ing grave of­fence by choos­ing the wrong baby-sit­ter for their trio of off­spring when the cou­ple plan a night out on the tiles.

Through­out the years Mack’s ca­reer has gone from strength to strength and he is now es­tab­lished as one of the UK’s most recog­nis­able comics. He can be seen as a team cap­tain on BBC 1’s Would I Lie To You? and the host of Sky One’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

In 2017 Mack will make his Lon­don West End de­but in The Miser.

Not Go­ing Out is on BBC 1, Fri­day nights, at 9:30pm.

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