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Series 8 - Episode 1
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Lee Mack is a man ahead of his time. When he launched
Not Going Out
back in 2006, it wasn’t terribly cool for successful comedians to make studio sitcoms. But he’s had the last laugh: his pet project is now one of the longest-lived comedies on the BBC – with two more series commissioned after this one.
For series eight he and his co-writers have done an inspired reboot. We leap forward seven years, and instead of Lee and Lucy being prickly London flatmates, they’re now a prickly married couple living in suburbia with three children – all romance a distant memory. Otherwise, the set-up/gag rhythms are as slick as ever – a drum machine of good jokes, silly jokes, double entendres, and mishearings.
“So what if I forgot our poxy wedding anniversary?” Lucy fumes at one point. “Actually, I think it’s copper this year,” Lee shoots back.
The great Geoffrey Whitehead is back, too, as Lee’s wonderfully sneering father-in-law, telling Lucy, “I thought your marriage might be in trouble. But I didn’t want to get your hopes up.”
Seven years into their marriage, Lee and Lucy face the daily onslaught of raising Charlie and his twin siblings, five-year-olds Benji and Molly. Lovably feckless father Frank remains around and close friends including world-weary Toby and uptight ice-queen Anna are still on the scene. Thankfully, Lucy's more dependable parents Geoffrey and Wendy can be relied upon when the going gets tough. However, while juggling the ongoing needs of those around him, the pair disagree about the best way to keep the romance alive. Comedy, starring Lee Mack and Sally Bretton.
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