1 9 8 1 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
Written by Phil Redmond (the creator of Grange Hill), made by Southern Television and filmed in and around Portsmouth, Going Out followed a group of 16-year-olds who had just left Meadowcroft Comprehensive School and were now out in the world looking for work.
Roger Unsworth (Andrew Paul), Sean Tinnersley (Marcus Francis) and Sammy Lee (Perry Benson) hung around with Dikey (Peter-Hugo Daly) who had left school the previous year, courted Gerry Henshaw (Linda Robson) and Cathy Wickes (Michele Winstanley), and clashed frequently with wrong ‘un Arty Jackson (Gerard Kelly) and his gang.
Themes included sex (talk rather than action), the dole queue, authority, and relationships with parents.
Aimed at older teenagers, the short-lived series was shunted around in the programming schedule and aired in most regions late at night.
Gerard Kelly died on 28 October 2010 after collapsing with a brain aneurysm. He was just 51.