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, Penny Downie, Louise Brealey and others.

Another series is in development.
Episode 1 is repeated on Friday at 11:05pm.

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

Series 1, Episode 3

Footfall is down in the John Barleycorn and Andrew enlists the help of Cass to make it look more like an authentic country pub.

Further details

Footfall is down in the John Barleycorn and Andrew, who now has a stake in the business, is trying to figure out ways to sex up the pub and bring in a younger crowd. Geoff is keen to help, but Andrew enlists the help of Cass, who, as an artist, has a 'good eye'.

They swap out Jan and Mike for more attractive and younger barstaff, defurb Stephen's pine-heavy refurb and make the John Barleycorn look more like an authentic country pub. But Stephen is furious with Andrew's meddling and insists that the Barleycorn already is an authentic country pub. So when Andrew's improvements appear to bring the 5-star TripAdvisor reviews rolling in, Stephen is suspicious and worries that the John Barleycorn is flying too close to the sun. He soon seems to be proved right.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 20th September 2017
Channel 4
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 5th December 2020 at 12:10am on C4

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Stephen
Robert Webb Andrew
Penny Downie Ellen
Louise Brealey Cass
Olivia Poulet Alison
Geoffrey McGivern Uncle Geoff
Jessica Gunning Jan
Oliver Maltman Mike
Caius Luckyn-Malone Young Andrew
Sebastian Patterson Young Stephen
Guest cast
Philip Fox UMC
Lucinda Raikes Woman Eating Lunch
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 Executive Producer
David Mitchell Executive Producer
Robert Webb Executive Producer
Simon Blackwell Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer


Never mess around with TripAdvisor

Stephen has some serious words of warning...

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen), Robert Webb (Andrew), Penny Downie (Ellen), Louise Brealey (Cass), Geoffrey McGivern (Uncle Geoff), Philip Fox (UMC).


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