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Lee Mack’s multi-award-winning hit BBC One show, and longest running sitcom on air, has been shelved for 2024, but could return in early 2025, Mack has revealed.

TV Zone reported earlier this year that the show was set for a new series after the BBC stated on the Not Going Out iPlayer page "Not Going Out will return". This message has since been removed by the BBC.

Lee Mack said (via The Sun): "More 1% Club, more Would I Lie to You? and, for the first year in a long time, I won’t be doing Not Going Out. If we do bring it back, we’re looking at early 2025. We’re talking about it now. I’d love to do more, I love doing it, it’s great fun, I love the cast but... it’s not always my decision, these things."

The last series returned to the suburban chaos of Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) as they’re asked to cover for uptight ice-queen Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) as she allegedly attends ‘secret’ Italian lessons. Lee is immediately convinced Anna is up to no good and, having to lie to his best friend Toby (Hugh Dennis), is not-so-slowly spiralling into an anxious mess.

As ever when there’s a delicate situation that needs sensitive handling, Lee could approach it cautiously… or go full sleuth in a bid to personally crack the case!

The series continued around the anarchy of a packed family life with the couple crashing from one near-disaster to the next (see episode synopses below). Usually close at hand are Lucy’s lovely mum Wendy (Deborah Grant) and curmudgeonly dad Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), and we know very well what they think about their daughter’s wisecracking husband.

Produced by Avalon, Not Going Out is directed by Nick Wood and produced by Jamie Rix.


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