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Series 2, Episode 1

Back. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (David Mitchell), Andrew (Robert Webb)
After a long absence, a rejuvenated Stephen prepares to head back to the John Barleycorn. Have the tables now turned?

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After a long absence, a rejuvenated Stephen prepares to head back to the John Barleycorn, just as Andrew is starting to feel restricted and weighed down by the mundanities of being a provincial pub landlord. Have the tables now turned for these reluctant foster brothers?

On Stephen's return, his sister Cass has some surprising news about mum Ellen's relationship status, while the opening of a rival cutting-edge pub just up the road evokes curiosity and trepidation, especially when it becomes apparent that the new establishment needs a manager, and is looking to headhunt a certain hotshot from the Barleycorn.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 21st January 2021
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
35 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 23rd January 2021 2:40am C4
Sunday 24th January 2021 4:20am 4seven
Tuesday 26th January 2021 2:05am 4seven

Cast & crew

Cast
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
John MacMillan Julian
Guest cast
Jumanne Bailey Cath
Anna Leong Brophy Bryony
Tim Downie Lee
Donavan Imber Keith
Roisin O'Mahony Shoe Shop Assistant
Robert Purdy Barman
Oliver Wellington Robbie
Writing team
Simon Blackwell Writer
Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
George Kane Director
Lyndsay Robinson Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
David Mitchell Executive Producer
Robert Webb Executive Producer
Simon Blackwell Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Victoria Grew Executive Producer
Jo Alloway Line Producer
Nick Ames Editor
Al Rogers Editor
Rosy Thomas Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Claire Finlay-Thompson Costume Designer
Sean Van Hales Director of Photography
Lisa Halstead Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
Andy Stenning 1st Assistant Director

Video

Stephen is making great progress

Stephen is living a good life.

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen), Robert Webb (Andrew), Olivia Poulet (Alison), Donavan Imber (Keith) & Oliver Wellington (Robbie).

Press

Back knows the provincial pub is Britain in microcosm

This comedy series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb also has deep feeling for its boozer's denizens.

Rachel Cooke, The New Statesman, 27th January 2021

Back review

Return of sibling-rivalry comedy with Mitchell and Webb.

Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk, 22nd January 2021

Back review

Whether you can stomach the lurches from pitch-black humour about mental illness to banter about fizzy drinks in the bar depends chiefly on how much you enjoy Mitchell and Webb as a sitcom double act. Fans of their previous series, Peep Show, might love it. I can't say I do.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 22nd January 2021

Back review

Mitchell and Webb return to offer some comfort viewing.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 22nd January 2021

Back series two review

To judge the new series of Back on the strength of its first episode would be like ruling on a movie on the first 20 minutes. For while the show is certainly funny, the main aim of creator Simon Blackwell is to set the wheels in motion for a captivating psychodrama that will play out over the following five weeks.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 21st January 2021

TV review: Back, Series Two, C4

Now this is more like it. At the risk of sounding like a fogeyish version of the David Mitchell character in Peep Show/real life this is a proper good old grown up comedy. Not really a sitcom at all though judging by the first episode of the second series, but hang around, there is definitely humour to be sniffed out here.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 21st January 2021

Back review

Mitchell and Webb's return is well worth the wait.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 21st January 2021

Back review

This gaslighting comedy is a joy to watch.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 21st January 2021

Back - series 2 review

Maybe in their next project they could try changing their accents or dyeing their hair or doing something to banish Mark and Jez from our minds for half an hour.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 21st January 2021

Life according to... Mitchell & Webb

The double act on health scares, being reunited on screen, and their complex characters.

Georgia Humphreys, The Sunday Post, 20th January 2021

Mitchell & Webb on the return of Back

After four years, the duo reunite in their rural sitcom. What took them so long?

Sarah Hughes, i Newspaper, 20th January 2021

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