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Back. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (David Mitchell), Andrew (Robert Webb).


Channel 4 sitcom starring Mitchell & Webb. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Stars David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Louise Brealey, Penny Downie and others.

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Back. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (David Mitchell), Festival Toilet Guy (Chris Lew Kum Hoi).

Series 1, Episode 2

The family gathers together as Alison reveals what's in Laurie's will. The pub is in debt, and Ellen decides that joining the church is the next logical step in her spiritual journey.

Full synopsis

The Nichols family gather together as Alison, Stephen's ex and the family lawyer, reveals what's in Laurie's will. A horrified Stephen finds out that Andrew has been left a 5 per cent share of the family business, the John Barleycorn pub. With the business in debt, Stephen and Andrew go head to head to find the best way to make some extra cash.

Ellen decides that joining the church is the next logical step in her spiritual journey and she and Julian the vicar get into some casual baptism. Maureen the dog continues to send Stephen reaching for the antihistamine as well as the red wine, but there's another even more irritating presence in Stephen's bedroom.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on All 4

Wednesday 13th September 2017
Channel 4
30 minutes
0.6 million viewers (3.90% audience share)


  1. Saturday 16th September 2017 at 12:05am on C4

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Stephen
Robert Webb Andrew
Louise Brealey Cass
Penny Downie Ellen
Geoffrey McGivern Uncle Geoff
Jessica Gunning Jan
Oliver Maltman Mike
Guest cast
Matthew Holness Laurie
Olivia Poulet Alison
Caius Luckyn-Malone Young Andrew
Sebastian Patterson Young Stephen
Michael Wildman Tom
Luke Kemp Festival Goer
Chris Lew Kum Hoi Festival Toilet Guy
Simon Ludders Trevor Ellis
John MacMillan Julian
Naz Osmanoglu Seb
Writing team
Simon Blackwell Writer
Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Script Editor
Production team
Ben Palmer Director
Kate Daughton Producer
Kenton Allen Exec Producer
David Mitchell Exec Producer
Robert Webb Exec Producer
Simon Blackwell Exec Producer
Matthew Justice Exec Producer
Rosy Thomas Production Designer
Oli Julian Composer
William Webb Editor
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Adam Young 1st Assistant Director
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Lynsey Moore Costume Designer
Lisa Kennedy Make-up Designer
Other cast & crew
Jesse Armstrong Story Consultant
Tony Roche Story Consultant


Aggravated Baptism Is A Non-Runner

Stephen talks to a man of God...

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen), Robert Webb (Andrew), Penny Downie (Ellen), Geoffrey McGivern (Uncle Geoff), Jessica Gunning (Jan), John MacMillan (Julian).


"I'm humbled and I'm proud," says Andrew of being included in his former foster father's will, to a disgruntled Stephen, who scoffs at the logical inconsistency. Business as usual in one way, then, for the Robert Webb/David Mitchell team in episode two of Simon Blackwell's dramedy, which involves a sly pop at the practice of baptism and sees Andrew stage a festival to help keep the pub afloat, while ramping up the sibling rivalry several notches.

Sharon O'Connell, The Guardian, 13th September 2017

TV preview: Back, Episode 2, C4

When writer Simon Blackwell's new series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb was launched last month publications were sent an episode-by-episode breakdown. But shortly afterwards we were asked not to publish it as it was felt it would give too much away in advance. Having now seen the second episode I think I can see why.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th September 2017

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