“Are we nearly there yet” is a familiar phrase from young children on a car journey and as Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) travel to catch their ferry to take them to Lucy’s cousin’s wedding where she is Maid of Honour.
Molly (Francesca Newman), Benji (Max Pattison) and Charlie (Finley Southby) are all bored and up to mischief in the back seat, with one about to be sick (Benji has eaten a ful bag of sweets to himself), another playing on Lee’s phone, it’s a typical family road trip scenario. There’s also the panic that they’re running late for their booked time and that the bikes on the roof will prevent their car from being accepted onto the ferry. It also looks as though a new outfit will be required for Lucy after the threatened vomit makes an appearance!
A heated debate with George (Rob Brydon) on the ferry booking line doesn’t help matters either, but I thoroughly enjoyed Brydon’s cameo and think he should be used in every programme as a call handler. The five-hander really worked too, it provided an opportunity for the family to gel on screen to a larger extent and the chemistry between all of the actors works.
Not Going Out has frequently thrown in an episode which is contained in one or two spaces, the car has been done before and of course there was the cable car, too. I like the concept of setting an episode in one place and the opportunity for the script to speak for itself, it’s also a great showcase for the cast. The overall verdict? I’m still hooked on series eight and think that this sit com could carry on running.