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

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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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 23rd September 2017 12:10am C4
Saturday 5th December 2020 12:10am C4

Cast & crew

David Mitchell Stephen
Robert Webb Andrew
Penny Downie Ellen
Louise Brealey Cass
Geoffrey McGivern Uncle Geoff
Jessica Gunning Jan
Oliver Maltman Mike
Olivia Poulet Alison
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
Mark Henson Editor
Rosy Thomas Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Catherine Willis Casting Director
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Lynsey Moore Costume Designer
Lisa Kennedy Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Adam Young 1st Assistant Director
Jesse Armstrong Story Consultant
Tony Roche Story Consultant


Never mess around with TripAdvisor

Stephen has some serious words of warning...

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


The sitcom, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb as brothers returning to their home town, continues enjoyably. It doesn't push them out of their comfort zones (as Stephen, Mitchell is an amiable curmudgeon paralysed by emotion; Webb's Andrew is an untrustworthy narcissist), in the tradition of Peep Show. Tonight, Andrew suggests a makeover ("Church pews, library chairs") in the pub, but leaves Stephen to break news of an accompanying staff makeover.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 20th September 2017

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