David Mitchell and Robert Webb have reunited to film Back, a new comedy for Channel 4.
The 30-minute pilot is written by Emmy-award winning writer Simon Blackwell (In The Loop, Peep Show), directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) and produced by Kate Crowther (Raised by Wolves).
The Peep Show stars are joined by Louise Brealey, best known as Molly in Sherlock, and Julia Deakin, best known as landlady Marsha in Spaced.
Writer Simon Blackwell commented: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to write for David and Robert again, and very exciting to be surrounded by such a superb cast, director and production team.”
Phil Clarke, head of comedy for Channel 4 added: “To have Mitchell and Webb and Simon Blackwell working together is a very exciting prospect. It’s a unique configuration of some seriously big comedy minds. Simon has written a very funny and clever script with a strong emotional heart that takes Robert Webb and David Mitchell in a new and genuinely intriguing direction.”
The official synopsis for Back reads: “Stephen’s (Mitchell) father, local legend Laurie Nicholls, has died so Stephen’s set to – finally – take over the family’s pub. Mum Ellen (Julia Deakin) and sister Cass (Louise Brealey) have no interest in the family business – they’re ‘creative’, with weed to buy and energy-centres to rebalance.
“With his dad dead, it’s now Stephen’s chance to shine. But when his charming and charismatic former foster-brother Andrew (Webb) turns up out of the blue at Laurie’s funeral, Stephen’s plans go awry. Andrew is back, and keen to rejoin the closest thing he’s ever had to a family.”
The fourth season of Sherlock began filming in Cardiff earlier this month.
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