The First Team. Image shows from L to R: Olivia Talbot (Tamla Kari), Mark Crane (Will Arnett), Benji Achebe (Shaquille Ali-Yebuah), Mattie Sullivan (Jake Short), Jack Turner (Jack McMullen), Chris Booth (Chris Geere), Petey Brooks (Theo Barklem-Biggs).

The First Team

BBC Two sitcom about footballers. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Stars Jake Short, Shaquille Ali-Yebuah, Jack McMullen, Will Arnett and others.

The First Team. Image shows from L to R: Mattie Sullivan (Jake Short), Jack Turner (Jack McMullen).

Series 1, Episode 1 - Selling Shirts

New signing Mattie Sullivan arrives at the club, but a meeting with eccentric chairman Mark Crane leads him to wonder if he's been signed by mistake. As if that wasn't bad enough, club hard-man Petey Brooks takes a dislike to him and legendary Italian manager Cesare is nowhere to be found.

Further details

Mattie strikes up a friendship with fellow team member Benji Achebe, who fancies himself as a ladies man despite the fact that he still lives at home with his mum. And they both agree to help out the shy number 16 Jack Turner in an attempt to solve an embarrassing problem.

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th May 2020
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jake Short Mattie Sullivan
Shaquille Ali-Yebuah Benji Achebe
Jack McMullen Jack Turner
Will Arnett Mark Crane
Chris Geere Chris Booth
Theo Barklem-Biggs Petey Brooks
Tamla Kari Olivia Talbot
Paolo Sassanelli Cesare
Yetunde Oduwole Mrs Achebe
Ossian Perret Pascal
Bobby Hirston Garlic
Guest cast
Marvin Brown Bootz
Greg McKenzie Sports Reporter
George Potts Doctor
Bronte Terrell Jourdane
James Craze Policeman 1
Paul Richard Biggin (as Paul Biggin) Policeman 2
Jason Williamson Kit Man Martin
Jolyon Young Caretaker Steve
James Groom Man in Cash and Carry
T'Jean Uter Dinh Boy 1
Tyler Crossinggum Boy 2
Guy Rhys Daniel
Ali Iqbal Delivery Man
Sally Nugent Self
J├╝rgen Klopp Self
Jonathan Pearce Self (Football Commentator) (Voice)
Gary Lineker Self
Writing team
Damon Beesley Writer
Iain Morris Writer
Robert Popper Script Editor
Tyrell Williams Script Consultant
Production team
Damon Beesley Director
Iain Morris Director
Sam Pinnell Producer
Tom Werner Executive Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Damon Beesley Executive Producer
Iain Morris Executive Producer

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