Not Going Out

Series 5 - 5. Examination

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

There’s no point looking to Not Going Out for bold surprises or multi-layered comic finesse. What it delivers are sharp, uncomplicated laughs, laced with a good-natured smuttiness perfect for Friday nights.

And the key words in that sentence are “it delivers”. If you don’t like one gag, there’ll be another along momentarily, probably also revolving around misunderstandings or double meanings. Hence tonight, Lee (Lee Mack) is concerned about his nether regions, and Lucy is keen for him to examine himself properly. “Do you ever check yourself, er… downstairs?” she enquires daintily, to which Lee replies, “Yeah – until the woman downstairs tells me to get out.”

It is, Lee explains “not the bratwurst but the brussels sprouts” that are causing concern, which leads to a lovely series of scenes with friend Tim as they try to establish the size sprouts should in fact be.

About this programme

5/6. Lucy works on a government health initiative encouraging men to regularly check themselves for lumps, so an eager Lee follows the campaign's advice - only to discover something unexpected. Comedy, starring Sally Bretton, Lee Mack, Tim Vine and Katy Wix.

Cast and crew


Lee Mack
Tim Vine
Sally Bretton
Katy Wix
Dr Kingsley
Charlotte Lucas
Dr Jenkins
Andrew Whipp
Man in sauna
Ben-Rufus Green
Sarah Kempton


Nick Wood
Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner
Executive Producer
Jon Thoday
Executive Producer
Lee Mack
Jamie Rix
Lee Mack