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Hugh Dennis joins Lee Mack in a new series of Not Going Out

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Lee Mack will return with a new 10-part series of hit sitcom Not Going Out (opens in new tab) on BBC1 on Friday, October 17, featuring new cast members Hugh Dennis and Abigail Cruttenden.

Currently the BBC’s longest running sitcom, this new series written by and starring Lee continues to follow the ill-thought-out plans and mishaps of Lee as he desperately tries to impress long-suffering landlady and object of his affection, Lucy (Sally Bretton). 

As ever, ditzy friend Daisy (Katy Wix) is on hand to offer her usually unsolicited and unique take on events, while Lee’s dad (Bobby Ball) and Lucy’s parents only ever seem to result in him further tying himself in ever-more-complicated knots. 

This series also introduces new neighbours Toby (Hugh ) and Anna (Abigail), a well-heeled couple who soon experience that when sharing a building with Lee and Lucy things are anything but straightforward.

Highlights in this series include an emasculated Lee feeling forced to prove his masculinity again… and again, to a more disappointed than usual Lucy; Lee wrestling with Lucy’s desire to have a child with another man; and when Lee joins Daisy to compete on the hit TV show Pointless (yes, really) how could he fail to prove his intellectual prowess to Lucy? 

The will-they-won’t-they tension reaches unseen new heights in an epic series finale for Christmas that sees Lucy and Lee in previously uncharted emotional water.


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.