Back. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (David Mitchell), Andrew (Robert Webb)


  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2017 - 2021
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Also features Penny Downie, Louise Brealey, Geoffrey McGivern, Jessica Gunning, Oliver Maltman and more.

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Series 2, Episode 2

Back. Image shows from L to R: Wendy (Penny Ryder), Andrew (Robert Webb), Phil (Clive Francis), Alison (Olivia Poulet)
The return of Charismatic Mike, one of Ellen's ex-lovers, leads Stephen to wonder if this whirlwind of a man might be his biological father.

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Further details

The revelation that Laurie might not be Stephen's dad contributed hugely to the latter's mental collapse. Without that blood connection Stephen was on an equal footing with prodigal foster son Andrew. So the return of Charismatic Mike, one of Ellen's ex-lovers, leads Stephen to wonder if this whirlwind of a man might be his biological father. Maybe Stephen isn't destined to be a poor copy of Laurie after all.

Andrew helps collect Mike's DNA, while Geoff considers renting a JCB to exhume his late brother. Meanwhile, Alison's exasperation with her ageing parents leads to an unlikely good Samaritan helping out.

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th January 2021
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 30th January 2021 1:50am C4
Sunday 31st January 2021 4:20am 4seven
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2:20am 4seven

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
John MacMillan Julian
Clive Francis Phil
Penny Ryder Wendy
Guest cast
Andy Gillies Delivery Man
Sharan Phull Waitress
Anthony Head Charismatic Mike
Writing team
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Writer
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
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


When you meet an 'alpha male'

Charismatic Mike turns up at the pub.

Featuring: David Mitchell (Stephen), Robert Webb (Andrew), Penny Downie (Ellen), Geoffrey McGivern (Uncle Geoff), Jessica Gunning (Jan), John MacMillan (Julian) & Anthony Head (Charismatic Mike).


Back review

Anthony Head returns to add sparkle.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 29th January 2021

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