‘The Thick Of It’ writer Simon Blackwell is penning the new series


Peep Show duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb are reuniting for a new Channel 4 sitcom.

The pair will star in Back, a six-part comedy written by Simon Blackwell, who has previously worked on The Thick Of It, Veep as well as Peep Show.

The show centres around a similarly dysfunctional relationship with Mitchell playing Stephen, who has recently inherited a family pub after the death of his father, and is also forced to contend with the return of Andrew (Webb), a foster child raised by his parents.

The takeover of the pub provides Stephen a chance to shine following his divorce. However, the arrival of Andrew, who can do no wrong in the eyes of Stephen’s mother and sister, throws a spanner in the works.

According to a press release from Channel 4, Mitchell’s character resents Andrew and views him as a “glib, dangerous sociopath who’s about to steal his family, his business and his life.”

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

Webb added: “That sounds disgusting.”

Back will be broadcast next year, Channel 4 have yet to announce a specific date.