After months of rumours, BBC One has officially pulled the trigger and renewed their hit comedy series Not Going Out for an eighth season. With the renewal, the series continues to be the BBC’s longest running sitcom currently on-air.
Set to air in 2017, the show’s eighth season will pick up from last year’s Christmas special, which saw Lee and his long-suffering flat mate Lucy Adams, finally realise they were made for each other and tie the knot. Now the couple will return to the small screen as parents with three young children.
Lee Mack and Sally Bretton are on-board to reprise their roles as Lee and Lucy, while other returning cast members include Hugh Dennis as Toby, and Abigail Cruttenden as Anna and Bobby Ball as Lee’s lovably-inept father. Not Going Out is produced for BBC One by Avalon Television, with Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Lee Mack and Jon Thoday serving as the executive producers.
“Not Going Out is on its way to modern classic status as it clocks up another richly gag-packed and comic incident-heavy series”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “The jump forward introduction of their kids provides Lee and Lucy with a new family domestic setting and springboard to broaden out their world from a ‘will they, won’t they?’ dynamic to the ‘why the hell have we?’ that comes with parenting.”