Peep Show’s David Mitchell and Robert Webb are coming Back to Channel 4 with a new series

C4 commits to six more episodes of Simon Blackwell’s comedy Back, but can't yet confirm if Louise Brealey or Julia Deakin will return


Back, Channel 4’s Peep Show reunion comedy about two warring brothers, is getting a full series, Channel 4 has announced.


The show, which stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, is written by Peep Show’s co-writer Simon Blackwell and will continue to follow the fortunes of Stephen (Mitchell) who took over his Dad’s pub after his death.

However, his plans were upset when charming former foster-brother Andrew (Webb) turns up at the funeral.

Andrew has lived in Sydney, Amsterdam, Chicago, the Loire valley and Berlin, but crucially spent five formative months in 1989 fostered by Stephen’s Mum and Dad Laurie and Ellen as a 15-year-old.

While Webb and Mitchell will be returning, there is no word yet on the rest of the cast, however.

In the pilot, Julia Deakin played Stephen’s mum Ellen while sister Cass was played by Sherlock’s Louise Brealey. A C4 spokeswoman told that it was unable to confirm their return, and said that further cast announcements will be made “closer to the time”.

David Mitchell said, “It’s great to be making a new show for Channel 4, a broadcaster which has always been a huge supporter of new comedy, and with a writer of Simon Blackwell’s talent,” adding, “His writing is deep, dark, warm and funny – like a hot tub brimming with laughing gravy.”

Writer Simon Blackwell added: “I always jump at the chance of writing for Robert and David. They are brilliant comic actors – funny and real. I can’t wait for us to start making this.”


Fiona McDermott, Commissioning Editor for Comedy, said: “David and Robert are part of the Channel 4 comedy family and it’s wonderful to welcome them back, in Back, with the brilliant Simon Blackwell at the helm.”