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.

Episode 3 is repeated on Monday at 11:30pm.

The First Team. Image shows from L to R: Benji Achebe (Shaquille Ali-Yebuah), Carlos Velez (Vadhir Derbez), Mattie Sullivan (Jake Short), Jack Turner (Jack McMullen).

Series 1, Episode 2 - New Friends

Mattie befriends the team's star mid-fielder Carlos Velez in an attempt to improve team spirit. But hanging out with Carlos isn't quite what he imagined. Meanwhile Jack braves a date with a girl he met online, Petey plays pranks on the squad and Benji is approached by a mysterious business man.

Broadcast details

Thursday 4th June 2020
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jake Short Mattie Sullivan
Shaquille Ali-Yebuah Benji Achebe
Jack McMullen Jack Turner
Chris Geere Chris Booth
Theo Barklem-Biggs Petey Brooks
Tamla Kari Olivia Talbot
Paolo Sassanelli Cesare
Grace Hogg-Robinson Ruth
Bobby Hirston Garlic
Guest cast
Vadhir Derbez Carlos Velez
Jason Williamson Kit Man Martin
Michael Calvin Coach Michael
Christian Vit Carlos's Owner
Jon Chew David Li
Alex Morgan Physio
Sophie Abbott Gemma
Huge Davies (as Huge Davis) Laser Quest Employee
Adam Boardman Greeter
Star Jones Emily
Olivia Calvert Fan
Zayan Siddiqui Kid in Restaurant
Jonathan Pearce Self (Football Commentator) (Voice)
Paul Hawksbee Self (Radio Pundit) (Voice)
Andy Jacobs Self (Radio Pundit) (Voice)
Writing team
Damon Beesley Writer
Iain Morris Writer
Robert Popper Script Editor
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


Rituals and superstitions

The boys discuss their various pregame superstitions. Mattie befriends the team's star player Carlos Velez.

Featuring: Jake Short (Mattie Sullivan), Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (Benji Achebe), Jack McMullen (Jack Turner), Vadhir Derbez (Carlos Velez).


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