Not Going Out’s Lee Mack to star in new real-time BBC sitcom

New comedy Semi-Detached features stars from Peep Show, Chewing Gum and Stath Lets Flats

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Lee Mack, writer and lead of hit Not Going Out, is set to star in new BBC sitcom Semi-Detached.

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Having aired a pilot earlier this year, the comedy – penned by David Crow and Oliver Maltman – will return for six full episodes, each of which play out in real-time à la 24.

But rather than focusing on any Jack Bauer-style fights with terrorists, the show will focus on “perennial loser” and wedding DJ Stuart (Mack) as his life goes down the pan in a suburban cul-de-sac.

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Lee Mack in his hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out

The episodes will also feature Stuart’s (much younger) partner April – played by Stath Lets Flats’ Ellie White – and their newborn baby.

Neil Fitzmaurice – best known as Jeff from Peep Show – is set to play Stuart’s jailbird brother Charlie, while Clive Russell (Brynden Tully from Game of Thrones) plays their drug-taking Dad Willie.

Sex Education’s Samantha Spiro will play Stuart’s ex-wife Kate, who lives across the cul-de-sac with daughter Madonna (Chewing Gum’s Sarah Hoare) and husband Ted (Line of Duty’s Patrick Baladi).

Neil Webster, executive producer, said: “David Crow and Oliver Maltman have not only written the funniest scripts I have ever read, they’ve also effortlessly managed to make the whole series play out in real-time.

“And with an incredibly funny cast headed up by Lee Mack, we’re confident that Semi-Detached is going to be a genuinely laugh out loud series. Or your money back.”

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The BBC say broadcast details for Semi-Detached will be announced in due course.