According to The Guardian, peep show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb are reuniting for a new Channel 4 sitcom called Back.
The comedy series is about a dysfunctional family running a pub. Mitchell plays Stephen who inherits the family business after the death of his father but his chance to shine goes downhill once his charming and charismatic former foster brother Andrew (Webb) shows up randomly at the funeral.
Playing the roles of Stephen’s free spirited mother Ellen and sister Cass are Julia Deakin (Spaced, I’m Alan Partridge) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock’s Molly Hooper).
The upcoming comedy is written by Simon Blackwell who collaborated with Armando Iannucci on In The Loop and Veep who also wrote episodes of Peep Show, which ran for 12 years and nine series.
Phil Clarke, the head of comedy for Channel 4 stated “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 sitcom is being developed by Mitchell & Webb Company, in association with Rev producers, Big Talk Productions.Directing Back is Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners Movie) and produced by Kate Crowther (Cradle to Grave, Raised by Wolves).
Kenton Allen, chief executive of Big Talk Productions also expressed his excitement for the project and said “Blackwell, Mitchell and Webb are some of the finest comedy minds I’ve ever encountered, a supergroup of incredibly witty individuals. The show was an absolute pleasure to develop with them and I only hope the audience will laugh as much when they see Back as I have when spending time with these masters of their craft.”
Blackwell also added “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.”
Back will debut early next year.