Series 1, Episode 3
Back. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (David Mitchell), Ellen (Penny Downie), Cass (Louise Brealey), Andrew (Robert Webb)
Footfall is down in the John Barleycorn and Andrew enlists the help of Cass to make it look more like an authentic country pub.
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.
- Wednesday 20th September 2017
- Channel 4
- 30 minutes
Show past repeats
|Saturday 23rd September 2017
|Saturday 5th December 2020
Cast & crew
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