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S8-E5 Charlie

S8-E5 Charlie

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Launching this revamped series, Lee Mack talked in an interview in Radio Times about how he had wanted to tackle more recognisable elements of real life – his real life – in the show. Of course, we’re not suddenly in gritty, Ken Loach territory or anything.

Not Going Out remains resolutely retro in its rhythms, but the premise tonight is that seven-year-old Charlie has been marked down by his teacher for playing the class joker – sending Lee into a panic that the boy might end up like him. “Charlie’s always saying ‘When I grow up I want to be like my dad’,” Lee frets, but Lucy points out, “And I’ve told him, ‘Sorry son, you can’t do both…’”


This eighth run of the longest-running British television sitcom still on air has seen writer Lee Mack's character burdened with the addition of family responsibilities - while desperately trying to preserve his hitherto happy-go-lucky demeanour. In this instalment, Lee faces a parenting dilemma as he worries that son Charlie is getting a reputation at school for being the class clown. But is it a simple case of the old adage `like father, like son'? Sally Bretton co-stars, alongside Hugh Dennis and Selina Griffiths.

Cast & Crew

Lee Lee Mack
Lucy Sally Bretton
Toby Hugh Dennis
Anna Abigail Cruttenden
Miss Anstis Selina Griffiths
Johnny Lucas Steve Speirs
Molly Francesca Newman
Benji Max Pattison
Charlie Finley Southby
Jake Harry Brown
Izzy Miley Locke
Space pilot boy Albie Leighton Fenn
Director Nick Wood
Producer Jamie Rix
Writer Lee Mack
Writer Daniel Peak
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