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Series 8 - Episode 5
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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.
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