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Not Going Out

Not Going Out

Fri Apr 12, 9.30-10pm, BBC1

By Phil Harrison
Series six, episode two
This show could have been made at any time in the last 40 years, which should tell you all you need to know. Lee Mack is the Mr Reliable of British comedy and ‘Not Going Out’ continues to deliver his stock in trade: traditional, unremarkable humour with a high gag density that just about makes up for its lack of real inspiration.

Tonight Lee, Lucy and Daisy go skiing. This episode plays out in real time, entirely inside a cable car which counts as significant stylistic innovation in trad sitcom world. The trio cause a mechanical breakdown, endanger a bird and incur the wrath of the stern eastern European woman with whom they’re sharing the ride. Oh, and the woman is pregnant – if you’ve ever seen a cookie-cutter prime-time sitcom, you can probably imagine where this might be going. It doesn’t disappoint.

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