|Series 5, Episode 1|
|Air date||13th April 2012|
|Written by||Lee Mack and Daniel Peak|
|Directed by||Nick Wood|
Life on Mars Bars
Tim joins a band at work (The Auditors) and enters a Battle of the Bands contest. Lee, Lucy and Daisy go, and see Tim's band win through to the Grand Final. When Lucy falls for Stretch (Jay Simpson), the lead guitarist, Lee becomes jealous, and decides that if he can't beat them he should join them. Lee convinces Tim to talk to Stretch but instead of being offered a place in the band, he is given a job as a roadie. Lee isn't impressed. When he is fetching Stretch's jacket from the van, he is met by Stretch's (now ex-)girlfriend Grace (Catriona Knox), who throws Lee his flat keys, and several songs which he has written for other girls. Lee confronts him and shows Lucy the songs. Stretch then resigns from the band, saying "Something tells me I'm not getting the prize I really came for". Lee takes Stretch's place as lead guitarist: they perform "I Could Be So Good For You" (the Minder theme), but didn't win. The closing credits feature the band playing the theme tune with Daisy playing bass and Lucy on the drums.