Not Going Out, BBC1

by | Feb 1, 2009 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Series three of the one BBC1 sitcom we like got off to a rather unremarkable start.

What was good about it?

• The usual sprinkling of fine one-liners and the lovely aerial shots of London (oh look, there’s our house).

• Tim Vine’s Tim was as wonderfully pompous as ever.

• Miranda Hart as the useless cleaner Barbara is still great value in her few scenes. Best line: “I see dad people”

• The daft scene in the baby shop with Lee struggling to put the block in the right hole in the toy designed for infants and Tim going flying.

• Silly but funny exchanges such as: “I’m pregnant.” “How do you know?” “A woman knows these things” “What woman?”

• It seems that we’ve seen the back of Guy, Lucy’s older lover. The jokes about him/them were wearing thin.

What was bad about it?

• Lee Mack’s Lee is so lovable but this week he was just annoyingly idiotic, worrying that he’d made flatmate Lucy pregnant (“got a muffin in the breadbin”) because she shared the bathwater he’d ejaculated into during a relaxing wank. The weakness of this show was at the forefront: poor storylines.

• Sally Bretton acts like she’s in a 1970s sitcom.

• The talking bathroom doorlock gags.

• As usual, we’ve got a gripe with the laughter track.

Luke Knowles

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