Not Going Out (2006– )
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Hot Tub 

Lee and Lucy play hot tub fantasy date with Anna and Toby, causing them to end up in hot water.

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Nick Wood
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Episode complete credited cast:
Lee Mack ... Lee
Sally Bretton ... Lucy
Hugh Dennis ... Toby
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Anna
Michael Praed ... Michael Lorenzo
Jack Chissick ... Dentist
Francesca Newman Francesca Newman ... Molly
Emma Bunton ... Emma Bunton
Susie Dent ... Susie Dent
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At dinner with Anna and Toby Lee and Lucy play a game in which each must nominate a chosen partner in a hot tub. Toby fancies 'Countdown' queen Susie Dent whilst Lee opts for singer Emma Bunton - and Lucy chooses her sexy dentist Michael, purely to make Lee jealous. At a charity function Toby introduces Lee to Emma who agrees to having her photo taken with him in return for a donation but is not happy when she discovers his ulterior motive. Ultimately Toby gets to share the hot tub with Susie because she admires his charity work, causing Lee to lose their bet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 February 2017 | by Robinson2511See all my reviews

Finally an episode that ranks up there with the likes of Pointless and Camping!

The episodes of Series 8 so far have been fun but have largely lacked the quick-wit of the earlier seasons. It doesn't feel like one-liner comedy anymore, more a toned-down version of My Family, another BBC sitcom.

Hot Tub however, has returned all of the classic Not Going Out wit to the show with one of it's finest episodes this series. I've noticed Mack's skill for comedy writing increasing as this series has progressed. It may have taken some time to get the skills back after a 2 year break, but it's safe to say that it's back now.

Hot Tub puts the kids to one side for this episode and brings Toby and Anna to the front of the cast, and it's kinder worrying that this results in the best episode so far this season, but that leads me to think that the problem is the kids.

One episode without them, and we have the much sharper more familiar Not Going Out that we fell in love with.

Lee Mack really gets to show off some amazing acting skills in this episode, and Hugh Dennis once again proves himself worthy of the place of Tim Vine. Sally Bretton does a great job too, as does Abigail Cruttenden.

I enjoyed the cameos of Emma Bunton and Susie Dent as well, who were both obviously having lots of fun here.

Overall, this is a brilliant episode of Not Going Out and the best episode since the end of Series 7. It feels like it could belong in one of the earlier series because of it's brilliant narrative, and the absence of the kids makes for a sharper and more dangerous script, no matter how worrying this is for the future of the show.

If Mack can work out how to make writing for the kids as sharp as writing for adult characters, there's no reason this show can't last beyond series 10.


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