Mammoth: Sian Gibson, William Thomas, Mike Bubbins, Joseph Marcell & Joel Davison

BBC confirm returning comedies Mammoth and The Power of Parker

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Both BBC comedies are returning alongside Not Going Out which heads into its 14th series. 

Alongside the surprise news of an Outnumbered Special, which joins the already announced Gavin and Stacey: The Finale this Christmas, the BBC have also confirmed some series returns.

The returning comedies were announced at the BBC Comedy Festival 2024, taking place this week in Glasgow.

Mammoth Series Two

The PE teacher out of time will be back for more Mammoth adventures in 2025.

Mammoth (c) BBC Studios Comedy Productions

Returning to life after having been lost in an avalanche during a school trip in 1979, the first 3-part series saw Tony Mammoth attempt to rebuild his life and adjust to the 21st century.

The show stars Mike Bubbins starring as Tony Mammoth, with Sian Gibson (Car Share) as Mel. Joel Davison plays Mel’s son Theo, with the brilliant Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) as Mammoth’s long-suffering best friend Roger.

Mike Bubbins, says:

“It’s been amazing to see how audiences have got behind this show. They’ve clearly got great taste! So, it’s a no-brainer to get Mammoth, the big character with the even bigger moustache back to create more laughs. I’ve got some massive moments up my sleeve for series two.”

Mammoth is a BBC Studios Comedy production, created by and starring Mike Bubbins and co-written with Paul Doolan. Filming will take place in 2025 with further casting to be announced.

You can find Series One is on BBC iPlayer.

The Power of Parker Series Two

Also back for a second run is The Power of Parker, which stars Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Sian Gibson and Monica Dolan (W1A).

The Power of Parker
The Power of Parker (c) Boffola Pictures

The 90s set show follows Martin Parker – a man with a chain of electrical shops and a seemingly perfect life. However, in reality, he’s swimming in debt and it falls to the two women in his life, Kath and Diane to plot his downfall.

Here’s the premise for Series Two:

Martin Parker has hit rock bottom and is desperate to get his reputation back, Diane is adjusting to single life and running a business, while Kath is getting her happily ever after with her man by her side and is working on rekindling a relationship with her sister. She’s on a mission to sort things out for her sister and her man, but her interfering does the opposite and jeopardises everything. They will need to depend on each other now more than ever, but who do they trust?

Sian Gibson says:

“We have been overwhelmed by the lovely response to the first series, and so excited to be back with the dysfunctional Parker family and turn their lives upside down again, with bigger problems and bigger hair.”

The Power of Parker is made by Boffola Pictures for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Its co-creators and writers are Paul Coleman and Sian Gibson.

Series One is on the BBC iPlayer.

Not Going Out Series 14

Meanwhile, the impossibly durable Not Going Out heads into a remarkable fourteenth run. Starting in 2006, it’s now the UK’s all-time second longest running by number of series. Or fifth longest running, if you go by episode count.

Not Going Out - Lee Mack and Sally Bretton
Lee Mack and Sally Bretton (c) Avalon

Adapting its format as it goes along, the show’s current incarnation is as a family sitcom. Lee Mack fronts the show as Lee, with Sally Bretton (Beyond Paradise) as Lucy.

Lee Mack says:

“Once again I’m very grateful that the BBC have trusted in us to keep alive the studio sitcom. I grew up watching this genre of sitcom on the BBC, and to be part of it myself is still a dream come true, even after 18 years of doing it. Here we go again….!!”

Written by Lee Mack and Daniel Peak, Not Going Out is produced by Avalon for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, where you can find the whole series back catalogue. Series 14 will air in 2025.