The Best Episodes Directed by Nick Wood

Escape Room

#1 - Escape Room

Not Going Out Season 9 - Episode 2

As a surprise for Lee's birthday, Lucy invites the whole family to join them in an escape room.

star 8.10
78 votes
Cooking the Books

#2 - Cooking the Books

Black Books Season 1 - Episode 1

Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.

star 8.07
1864 votes
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The Blackout

#3 - The Blackout

Black Books Season 1 - Episode 4

A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.

star 8.02
1454 votes

#4 - Movie

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 3

Lee promises to stop treating Lucy's flat as if he owns it - but not before he has hired it out to a film director.

star 7.98
244 votes

#5 - Debbie

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 2

Lee's past catches up with him when a young woman appears on his doorstep and asks for a cup of sugar.

star 7.96
270 votes
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#6 - Gazman

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 2

Donna returns to Runcorn to visit everyone as she has been missing them. Janet thinks that Donna might be lying about her wonderful new boyfriend called Wesley in London. Louise finds life as a mother tough. Donna asks her boyfriend to come to Runcorn to meet everyone.

star 7.95
41 votes
Episode 6

#7 - Episode 6

Fresh Meat Season 1 - Episode 6

Oregon is distraught to learn that her childhood horse is dying, culminating in the revelation that she isn't called Oregon at all, but Melissa.

star 7.93
458 votes
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#8 - Candle

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 1

Janet isn't happy when Gaz arranges a babysitter to look after Corinthian so that they can go out when she turns out to be his ex girlfriend. Janet decides they should stay in for a romantic evening together instead.

star 7.91
94 votes

#9 - Dads

Not Going Out Season 5 - Episode 2

Lee's lazy weekend is wrecked when his scrounging father turns up unexpectedly. Having just come out of hospital he needs somewhere to stay for the weekend. Will Lee take on the demanding role of carer?

star 7.91
295 votes

#10 - D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 5

Donna and Gaz remember the past that they have shared after agreeing to get a divorce. At the end of the day they wonder if the have made the right decision.

star 7.90
42 votes
Episode 5

#11 - Episode 5

Fresh Meat Season 1 - Episode 5

Vod finds out about Oregon's affair with Shales, while Kingsley is pursuing Ruth at a student demo when they get kettled with Josie, and Kingsley's two-timing is exposed.

star 7.89
460 votes
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Life on Mars Bars

#12 - Life on Mars Bars

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 6

Lee dreams of a perfect life with Lucy, but can the reality ever match up?

star 7.88
294 votes

#13 - Babysitting

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 2

Reluctantly Lucy allows Lee’s father, Frank, to babysit and then wishes she hadn’t.

star 7.86
127 votes

#14 - Fireworks

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 5

When an old lady wanders into Lucy's flat and makes herself at home on the sofa, Lee doesn't know what to do with her.

star 7.85
294 votes
Manny's First Day

#15 - Manny's First Day

Black Books Season 1 - Episode 2

After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

star 7.85
1624 votes
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Home Improvements

#16 - Home Improvements

Not Going Out Season 9 - Episode 1

Lucy's father reluctantly allows Lee to help Lucy clear up the builder's mess in their new kitchen extension.

star 7.83
71 votes

#17 - Car

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 3

Lee's hopes for a stress-free ferry trip to France with Lucy and the children are dashed when they don't leave enough time for the car journey.

star 7.83
115 votes
Hot Tub

#18 - Hot Tub

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 4

Lee and Lucy play Hot Tub Fantasy Date with Anna and Toby, and end up in hot water.

star 7.81
122 votes
The Big Lock-Out

#19 - The Big Lock-Out

Black Books Season 1 - Episode 5

The shop gets a new security system that no-one can work.

star 7.80
1300 votes
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Marriage Guidance

#20 - Marriage Guidance

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 6

If Lee and Lucy’s marriage wasn’t in trouble before they go to Marriage Counselling, it is by the time they leave.

star 7.78
114 votes
He's Leaving Home

#21 - He's Leaving Home

Black Books Season 1 - Episode 6

Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of a beard loving photographer.

star 7.77
1180 votes

#22 - Romance

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 1

After seven years of marriage, Lee and Lucy disagree about the best way to keep the romance alive.

star 7.74
142 votes

#23 - Neighbour

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 5

Lucy isn't happy with the noise a new neighbour is making. She asks both Lee and Tim to talk to him but both are scared too. Tim decides to take up boxing so that he will have more courage. Lee ends up going to confront the man.

star 7.73
241 votes

#24 - Amy

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 3

Lee and Tim ask a lesbian couple who have moved into the building over for dinner. They are shocked when Lucy discovers a side of herself that she never knew existed.

star 7.73
215 votes

#25 - Camping

Not Going Out Season 5 - Episode 3

In a desperate bid to prove his manliness, Lee joins Tim, Daisy and Lucy on a camping weekend in the middle of a dark spooky forest.

star 7.71
304 votes

#26 - Drugs

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 1

After a night spent out clubbing, Tim returns to the flat wearing the wrong coat, and convinces Lee to help him return it to its owner.

star 7.68
272 votes

#27 - Dancing

Not Going Out Season 4 - Episode 4

Lucy and Tim are distraught. Their parents' 30 year marriage is at an end and their father has moved out of the family home - and into Lee's bedroom.

star 7.67
275 votes
Episode 4

#28 - Episode 4

Fresh Meat Season 1 - Episode 4

Kingsley is forced to confess to Josie that he is a virgin, and she offers to 'cure' him. But the deal is undercut when Kingsley unexpectedly winds up having sex with drama queen Ruth.

star 7.67
494 votes
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Keep on Running

#29 - Keep on Running

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 8

Donna and Janet try to get Gaz to make a decision about who he wants to be with and he ends up deciding to audition both of them. When Gaz finally decides who he wants he heads off to get his girl.

star 7.67
45 votes

#30 - Band

Not Going Out Season 5 - Episode 1

When Tim joins a band at work and Lucy falls for the lead guitarist, Lee becomes jealous, and decides that if he can't beat them he should join them.

star 7.66
306 votes

#31 - Enough

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 7

Lee and Lucy’s discussion about whether they should have another child descends into psychological warfare.

star 7.59
109 votes

#32 - Charlie

Not Going Out Season 8 - Episode 5

Lee is worried that Charlie is getting a reputation at school for being the class clown.

star 7.56
112 votes

#33 - Winner

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 2

Lee wins a £1000 after winning an essay writing competition. A journalist shows up to interview Lee but expects him to be disabled after reading his story.

star 7.54
140 votes

#34 - Party

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 4

Lee and Tim decide to try and throw Lucy a 30th birthday party but they both have different ideas. Lee is not happy when Lucy shows up at the party with a man and decides to try and get rid of him.

star 7.52
222 votes
You Decide

#35 - You Decide

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 7

Gaz is torn between the two girls and although he decides to stay with Janet for the sake of Corinthian, when he goes to tell Donna he realises he loves her, too, and can't be without her.

star 7.51
67 votes
Love 83199

#36 - Love 83199

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 5 - Episode 13

Gaz and Donna decide to go looking for their dream house in the country. Louise uses a mobile phone to find a new boyfriend. Jonny applies for his ideal job, working in a biscuit factory.

star 7.50
20 votes

#37 - Stress

Not Going Out Season 1 - Episode 4

Lee starts teaching Kate to drive. His (or her) lack of success seems to stress him out and Kate notices. She persuades him to try some yoga and given his track record he doesn't take it seriously. He is banished to have acupuncture while Tim tries his hand at teaching Kate how to drive. He does surprisingly well until Lee admits that he's taking tranquillizers during an increasingly speed fuelled drive in the countryside. Big question...will she pass?

star 7.48
205 votes

#38 - Cauliflower

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 6 - Episode 4

Much to her annoyance Gaz repeatedly proposes to Donna resulting in a very odd selection of favourite romantic things. Louise meets her scoundrel real father who seems to be much more interested in Jonny than in her. Janet is shocked to discover that she is now a kleptomaniac.

star 7.47
51 votes
Trial Schmile

#39 - Trial Schmile

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 3

Following the fire, Donna and Gaz find themselves being forced to move into Janet's old place. Donna ends up embracing the fact that she is now possession-free while Gaz plans a big night out. Billy makes plans to make sure that his football career gets off the ground. After he ends up going out with Gaz though things go wrong. Cassie attempts to blackmail Tim into getting her a motorbike

star 7.45
42 votes

#40 - Speech

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 6

Lucy is stressed. She has an important speech to make at a Recruitment Conference and nobody to help her write it. Lee sees an opportunity to impress her and offers his services but at the expense of Tim, who also thinks he's the best man for the job. What starts off as a small job now turns into a competition between Tim and Lee to not only see who can come up with the wittiest lines but also to establish which of them Lucy likes best.

star 7.44
177 votes

#41 - Pregnant

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 1

Lee is shocked when Lucy announces that she is pregnant and he wonders if he could accidentally be the baby's father.

star 7.41
165 votes

#42 - Caretaker

Not Going Out Season 1 - Episode 6

Lee finally manages to get a job, as a caretaker. But taking up the new post involves moving out of the flat. Kate interviews potential new flatmates including Pete, and Tim sees an opportunity to get back together with Kate. Lee's new boss proves to be a hard taskmaster. So, will Lee stick at the job or throw in the towel and move back in with Kate?

star 7.40
194 votes
The Gaz-Bot

#43 - The Gaz-Bot

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 4

Donna is looking forward beginning to her new job. Gaz jazzes up his wheelchair and decides that he wants to take part in the Paralympics. Tim begins to wonder what direction his life is going in following his big revelation. Gaz is able to get Billy to ask Cassie out on a date.

star 7.33
12 votes

#44 - Kid

Not Going Out Season 1 - Episode 5

Kate and Lee are forced to take in a lodger, a surly 14-year-old boy called Nicky. Lee's attempts to bond with the teenager prove less than successful, while Tim and Nicky discover they have quite a lot in common. Meanwhile, Kate tries to persuade a carnivorous Great Dane to become a vegetarian with unfortunate results.

star 7.28
147 votes
Ello Ello

#45 - Ello Ello

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 4

After becoming a PCSO Janet makes her first arrest. Wesley attempts to fit in with the Runcorn way of life.

star 7.27
37 votes
When Jonny Met Sharky

#46 - When Jonny Met Sharky

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 1

After the Archer reopens following a refurbishment, all the girls decide to apply for the new barmaid's job. Jonny leaves for Hawaii to go shark-jumping, after winning a competition, leaving Gaz to try and find something more exciting to do.

star 7.23
52 votes
This is Your Life

#47 - This is Your Life

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 6

Gaz celebrates his 30th birthday but his festive mood is short-lived when he reflects on his life and feels melancholy about what little he has to show. Donna ends up facing a crisis of her own after she pays a visit to the doctor's and is left shocked by the news she is given. Tim is surprised when Leonard asks him out on a date.

star 7.23
13 votes
Cheese Toastie

#48 - Cheese Toastie

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 2

Billy's metrosexual behaviour continues to baffle Gaz, who finally cracks and throws him out. Donna faces up to the responsibility of being a breadwinner and visits the job centre, but seeing her old school rival leaves her feeling inadequate. Meanwhile, Tim tries to give Cassie a makeover.

star 7.18
17 votes
Flan Van

#49 - Flan Van

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 3

After Janet is mugged she decides to try and become a Police Community Support Officer. Wesley seeks Gaz's help in winning Donna back after he shows up in Runcorn.

star 7.16
44 votes

#50 - Shagger

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 5

Billy thinks that his sex life with Cassie is affecting his football skills and he attempts to cool things with her. Cassie is determined not to loose him though. Gaz is determined to walk again and gets Donna, Billy and Tim to help get him up and out of his wheelchair.

star 7.14
14 votes
Near, Far

#51 - Near, Far

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 5 - Episode 14

In the last episode, Jonny was hoping to get the job at the biscuit factory and Gaz and Donna were hoping to get a house in the country side. Meanwhile Janet got offered a job on a cruise ship singing. There are high sprits going on in group as their all starting new lives. Unfortunately Jonny didn't get the job, there were sheep everywhere around Gaz and Donna's new house. And also Janet didn't know wether to take the job or not because she would have to leave the next day.

star 7.13
72 votes
Val Doonican

#52 - Val Doonican

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 8 - Episode 6

Gaz decides to ask Janet to become his wife following his divorce. Donna decides to help him. After Janet collapses she is taken to the hospital but nobody can hold of Gaz.

star 7.10
68 votes

#53 - BaBaBaBaBa

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 5 - Episode 11

Jonny's feeling left out as Janet devotes all her attention to new baby Corinthian. Desperate to get some attention for himself, Jonny decides to act like a big baby - literally. Donna has been really successful as a bucket selling executive, and enjoys flaunting her new wealth in front of her friends. Gaz finds out that Jonny and Janet are hard up and offers to lend them some money, but Donna refuses as she's still mad about Janet sleeping with Gaz. Louise can't understand why her friends don't have time for her anymore, so Kelly suggests that it might be because she doesn't have a boyfriend.

star 7.07
74 votes

#54 - Marriage

Not Going Out Season 3 - Episode 7

Lee is shocked when he finds out that Lucy is thinking about getting married to Pavlov so that he will be able to remain in the country. As Lee attempts to get her to change her mind her family and other friends think that Pavlov is perfect for her.

star 7.06
180 votes
Nil By Muff

#55 - Nil By Muff

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 9 - Episode 1

Gaz struggles to adjust to being in a wheelchair after returning home, and is confused by the behaviour of aspiring footballer Billy, who helped to care for him in hospital. Meanwhile, Tim's life is thrown into turmoil when his younger sister Cassie turns up on his doorstep.

star 7.00
17 votes
Croppity Crop

#56 - Croppity Crop

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 6 - Episode 6

Janet tries to increase security in the house after Gaz tried to take Corinthian meanwhile Jonny gets a job as a farmer.

star 6.92
48 votes
When Janet Killed Jonny

#57 - When Janet Killed Jonny

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 6 - Episode 10

With the Archer now closed, the gang head off down to break into the now dilapidated pub to see what beer is left over, undeterred by the headlines of 'The Curse of the Archer'. This spoof horror episode sees all kinds of gory goings-on as the gang are trapped in the Archer, unable to escape until sunrise.

star 6.89
74 votes

#58 - Dabdaa!

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 2

Janet tries to find a quick way to recover from her grief, following the death of her husband Jonny, so Gaz offers his help.

star 6.87
47 votes

#59 - Drunk

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 6 - Episode 5

After being disappointed by her real father, Louise becomes an alcoholic. Gaz asks Donna to have his baby but she refuses.

star 6.67
48 votes
Six Months Later

#60 - Six Months Later

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 6

Janet's inability to keep up the mortgage payments result in her house being repossessed, so Gaz comes up with a plan which could suit everyone.

star 6.61
46 votes

#61 - God

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 5 - Episode 12

Due to a rainstorm stopping, Louise begins to think she is God. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to teach corinthian about buiscits and how to be a man, and Janet thinks about a Christening.

star 6.54
24 votes
African Death Face

#62 - African Death Face

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 7

Louise tries to arrange for Donna to be her birthing partner. Gaz and Janet's increasing attraction is disturbed by a sudden announcement from Donna.

star 6.40
43 votes

#63 - Borry

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 8

Gaz is not keen on moving south with Donna, and has fallen in love with Janet; Donna has met a new man called Wesley in London and wants to move on from Gaz. However, Gaz lets slip that he and Janet are in love, and Donna throws beer over them but eventually realises that Janet and Gaz belong together, because they are "scum"- but in a nice way. Meanwhile Louise is about to give birth, aided only by Munch, and produces (in The Archer) a beautiful girl whom she names "Louise Louise Brooks", although she tells Munch the name is "Louise Munch Brooks". Gaz and Donna part on ostensibly good terms, and the episode closes with flashbacks of moments throughout the series, to the background of Avril Lavigne's "When You’re Gone".

star 6.38
40 votes
Closing Time

#64 - Closing Time

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 6 - Episode 9

Janet is on the point of losing her job as bar manager of the Archer and Jonny is accused of having homosexual-tendencies. Donna's dad is on the phone and Gaz invites Donna's 16 year old brother over to stay (not a good idea).

star 6.10
50 votes
Homophobia Is Gay

#65 - Homophobia Is Gay

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 3

Louise wants to move in with Janet, who isn't too keen on the idea, so Louise decides to try and convince her by holding a seance to contact Jonny's spirit.

star 6.02
49 votes
Dead Jonny Walking

#66 - Dead Jonny Walking

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 4

Gaz tries to change the born-again Christian Munch, back to his old self, by tempting him with alcohol. Meanwhile, Louise is disappointed to learn she's having a girl while Janet picks 'dead Jonny' as a theme for Donna and Gaz's wedding.

star 5.86
42 votes
Here Bums the Bride

#67 - Here Bums the Bride

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Season 7 - Episode 5

Gaz and Donna finally tie the knot, but a shocking discovery by Louise could cause their new marriage to end prematurely.

star 5.86
42 votes