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Series 1, Episode 5

Back. Image shows from L to R: Andrew (Robert Webb), Cass (Louise Brealey), Ellen (Penny Downie), Stephen (David Mitchell)
With the fire insurance policy out of date, Andrew buys Cass's shares so he can renovate the pub.

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With the fire insurance policy out of date, Andrew buys Cass's shares so he can renovate the pub. Cass and Ellen hail him as a hero. A furious Stephen, fuelled by what is now his customary 'morning wine', takes Maureen for a walk and she escapes into the woods; Stephen almost immediately wishes she hadn't.

Dognappers demand money from Stephen or they will kill Maureen, but help could be at hand. Some new intel from Alison about a local planning decision looks like being the key to revelling exactly why Andrew has returned to the John Barleycorn after 30 years. Cass finally goes off on her six-month travelling odyssey, and the family soon learn that she's got married to an unlikely man.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 4th October 2017
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 7th October 2017 2:30am C4
Friday 13th October 2017 3:55am 4seven
Friday 11th December 2020 11:40pm C4

Cast & crew

David Mitchell Stephen
Robert Webb Andrew
Penny Downie Ellen
Louise Brealey Cass
Geoffrey McGivern Uncle Geoff
Olivia Poulet Alison
Caius Luckyn-Malone Young Andrew
Sebastian Patterson Young Stephen
Guest cast
Madeleine Bowyer Jo
Wayne Cater Birdwatcher
Richard Pepple DS Howard
Clive Russell Paul
Craig Russell Builder
Mark Weinman Carl Walters
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


Clean up after your dog

Things are still not going well for Stephen. He has a nasty run in when walking his dog Maureen, resulting in a man shouting at him: 'They should exterminate vermin like you. You are subhuman filth!'

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen) & Wayne Cater (Birdwatcher).

Someone's Dead On Purpose

Stephen stumbles upon a dead body.

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen) & Robert Webb (Andrew).

Dog Hostage Situation

Dog hostage negotiations can be tricky...

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen), Robert Webb (Andrew), Olivia Poulet (Alison), Geoffrey McGivern (Uncle Geoff) & Mark Weinman (Carl Walters).


Penultimate episode of the unofficial Peep Show reunion, and Andrew continues to usurp Stephen at the John Barleycorn. When disaster strikes at the pub - rather conveniently, perhaps - Andrew buys Cass's shares in order to undertake renovations. While the influence of Jez and Mark looms large, Back is tight and watchable in its own right, with the possibility that Andrew could be a manipulative sociopath - or, at best, a Walter Mitty type - adding some edge.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 4th October 2017

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