It must be true as I’ve read it on some websites. Not Going Out, the audience sitcom that used to get as many as 3.9 million viewers at 9.30 on a Friday night on BBC1 when it should have been tipping the 4 million mark, has been reprieved. We learned in March this year that it had been cancelled by the BBC – I announced it here – and I must admit we were all very surprised, and very sorry, as we’d come through the potential minefield of a principal castmember leaving after Series 1 and, we felt, re-established it as a potential returning series in 2 and 3. It seems, then, that we are producing six new episodes for next autumn, which will air in a later slot, midweek, on BBC1, thus taking the pressure off us a bit – and raising the pressure a bit at the same time ie. we’d better make it work!
I personally can’t wait to work with Lee and the rest of the gang again. This is some good news for 2010. And can I just offer a vote of thanks to all those who left messages of condolence and support, or signed petitions, or just came up to me and said how much they liked Not Going Out, whether from within the industry, or without. The people have spoken. I love the BBC.
Oh, and the spare Christmas episode from Series 3 – guest star: Bobby Ball – goes out on Wednesday, BBC1 at 10.45, to see how that later, midweek slot feels. What could have been a rather sad swansong has turned into a swan. Or something shit like that.