Back. Image shows from L to R: Uncle Geoff (Geoffrey McGivern), Ellen (Penny Downie), Stephen (David Mitchell), Andrew (Robert Webb), Cass (Louise Brealey)

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2017 - 2021
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
12 (2 series)
Creator
Simon Blackwell
Stars
David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Penny Downie, Louise Brealey, Geoffrey McGivern, Jessica Gunning, Oliver Maltman, Olivia Poulet and more
Writers
Simon Blackwell, Will Smith and Ian Martin
Directors
Ben Palmer, George Kane, Adam Young and Andy Stenning
Producers
Kate Daughton, Lyndsay Robinson, Kenton Allen, David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Simon Blackwell, Matthew Justice, Victoria Grew and Jo Alloway
Companies

Stephen's father, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to - finally - take over the pub. Mum Ellen and sister Cass 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 - his only achievements so far have been marriage (followed by divorce) and a slightly disappointing pub refurb. But when the charming Andrew turns up out of the blue at his dad's funeral, Stephen's plans go awry.

Charismatic Andrew has lived in Sydney, Amsterdam, Chicago, the Loire valley and Berlin but crucially, spent five formative months in 1989 fostered by Laurie and Ellen as a 15-year-old. To Stephen, Andrew was just one of a string of 30-odd foster kids who he spent his childhood resenting. But Andrew remembers every single detail and sees that time as the most important of his life.

Now Andrew's back, and keen to revisit the closest thing he's ever had to a family. Ellen loves Andrew. Cass loves Andrew. Even Laurie's erratic brother Uncle Geoff loves Andrew. But Stephen doesn't love Andrew. He thinks he's a glib, dangerous sociopath who's about to steal his family, his business and his life.

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 10pm on Channel 4
Last new broadcast
Thursday 25th February 2021 at 10:05pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Stroud - Local town scenes
  • The Blackwood Arms (Burnham) - The John Barleycorn exteriors (Link)

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