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When it bowed out last year with Lee and Lucy tying the knot, fans feared it was the last we’d ever see of popular BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out. But the Beeb has just announced it’s returning for a one-off Christmas special in December.

The on-off relationship of Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) seemed to be finally on – forever. 

Earlier this year, Lee told What’s on TV that if Lee and Lucy ever got together it would be the end of the show, then added: “But I may have changed my mind.”

He’s now confirmed he has.

Not Going Out has fast-forwarded a year to Christmas Eve 2015 and Lee and Lucy are doing some last-minute shopping when an unexpected stranger turns their Christmas upside down.

A heavily pregnant Lucy is three days’ overdue with their first baby when they find themselves caught up in a robbery at the local department store. 

Alongside them are Lee’s dad Frank (Bobby Ball) dressed as an elf, kooky friend Daisy (Katy Wix) and neighbours Toby (Hugh Dennis) and Anna (Abigail Cruttenden).  

Locked in and faced with an armed robber wearing a Father Christmas latex mask, they need to come up with an escape plan before things take a turn for the worst. Will Lee’s typically ill-thought-out ideas get them into even more trouble?

As yet there’s no confirmation of a broadcast date for the Not Going Out Christmas special.