It was a short but enjoyable evening. Jack Whitehall was happy to cue up his chums and then sit back as they nattered and his father shamelessly upstaged everyone.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th February 2015
An eccentric son? A grumbling father? What do the comedian and dad Michael really think of each other?Jack Whitehall and Michael Whitehall, Radio Times, 13th January 2015
Jack Whitehall thinks he's turning into his father.STV, 7th January 2015
Jack Whitehall, recently crowned king of comedy again at The British Comedy Awards, and his theatrical-agent dad Michael return for another series of jovial joshing. Joining them in this opening episode are comic, talent-show judge and author David Walliams, and - fresh from a star turn in Victoria Wood's musical That Day We Sang - Michael Ball. Whitehall is passable as a chatshow host, but it's his father who is the star turn, kvetching away in his big leather armchair.Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 5th January 2015
I do like Backchat. Yes, 45 minutes is too long, even for a Father's Day special. It would have been better tightened up and squeezed into a sharper half-hour.Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 16th June 2014
"It's a cruel game. With one box, the dream factory can become the refinery of nightmares"Radio Times, 15th June 2014
"Aw Daaad," whines Jack Whitehall, as his old man pelts him with saucy anecdotes in this loosely themed Father's Day special. Between the Timothy Lumsden moments, Jack gets an interviewing masterclass from an on-form Jonathan Ross and shares a "Mrs Robinson moment" with Judy (Andy's mum) Murray.
The quality of the gags tails off badly in the second half, but there's a fun visit to BBC Three's The Call Centre, where Whitehall Senior's bluntness comes in handy on the phones. "I'm ringing about how you could save money on your electricity bill. Although the amount involved seems so ludicrously small, I don't know why one's bothering," he remarks. Give that man a job.Gary Rose, Radio Times, 15th June 2014