Lee Mack 'very grateful' as he shares when BBC sitcom will return

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Lee Mack has said it is 'a dream come true' as he announced his long-running sitcom Not Going Out will be returning to our TV screens. The comedian, who is also busy hosting the hugely popular ITV quiz show The 1% Club, revealed the BBC sitcom had been recommissioned for a 14th series.

He said: “Once again I’m very grateful that the BBC have trusted in us to keep alive the studio sitcom. I grew up watching this genre of sitcom on the BBC, and to be part of it myself is still a dream come true, even after 18 years of doing it. Here we go again..."

Viewers can expect to see new episodes of the sitcom about Lee and wife Lucy, played by Sally Bretton, in 2025. The sitcom is the longest-running currently on air and has included a star-studded cast over the years including the late Bbobby Ball, Hugh Dennis and Miranda Hart since it started in 2006.

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The announcement of the show's return comes after Lee disappointed fans as he confirmed he wouldn't be making Not Going Out this year as he focuses on other projects. The 1% Club star spoke about Not Going Out and its future after the sitcom hit its 100th episode, discussing his upcoming prohects.

He said: “More 1% Club, more Would I Lie to You? and, for the first year in a long time, I won’t be doing Not Going Out. If we do bring it back, we’re looking at early 2025.

He also added: “We’re talking about it now. I’d love to do more, I love doing it, it’s great fun, I love the cast but […] it’s not always my decision, these things. I just wait for someone to say, ‘There’s a bag of money, get on with it.”