‘Peep Show’’s David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite for new sitcom

‘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.