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Not Going Out celebrates 100 episodes with Christmas special

Lee Mack’s Not Going Out will return with a Christmas special this year credit:Bang Showbiz
Lee Mack’s Not Going Out will return with a Christmas special this year credit:Bang Showbiz

Lee Mack’s ‘Not Going Out’ will return with a Christmas special this year.

The award-winning BBC comedy series will be coming back to TV screens over the festive period to celebrate reaching 100 episodes.

In the episode, Lee (Lee Mack) and wife Lucy (Sally Bretton) will be pulling all of the stops out to host the best Christmas ever, and invite Wilfred, a lonely pensioner from the nearby care home, over for the festive celebrations, but with instructions that he should not be allowed to drink alcohol under any circumstances.

Although Lucy wants to ensure they have “a normal Christmas where nothing goes wrong”, friends Toby (Hugh Dennis), Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) and her parents Wendy (Deborah Grant) and Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead) may put paid to those plans.

Previously, Lee had spoken to British Comedy Guide about the show, and why he prefers working on it compared to stand-up.

He said: “I will always only do stand-up every few years anyway. I mean I could literally do nothing other than stand-up for the rest of my life and I would still only tour every few years because I don't have that massive feel or need to do it all the time.

“I think the problem is I'm spoiled by working on a sitcom and on panel games with people like David [Mitchell] and Rob [Brydon] because, as I get older, my priority in life is 'which is the most fun?'. The truth is that stand-up is great - it's really nice to be a stand-up - but I'd be lying if I said traveling round the country wasn't sometimes a bit solitary. You're on stage on your own. You've spent a year and a half writing on your own and going around trying it out. You know, it's a solitary existence!

“When you get on really well with your team and you're having a laugh like on 'Would I Lie To You?' and on 'Not Going Out' you think, ‘Well this is a nice and fun.’ You've got a bit of banter going on and it's more fun because you're not driving off halfway across the country to try your new material out on a wet Wednesday night.”