Back cast, start time and first look at Channel 4's new Mitchell & Webb comedy


David Mitchell and Robert Webb mare back on Channel 4 this evening with brand comedy Back.

Continuing at 10PM tonight (Wednesday), Back is described as an "acerbic new comedy" written by Emmy-award winning Simon Blackwell whose credits include Veep, In The Loop and Peep Show).

The series first recorded a pilot last year before being commissioned for a full six-part series.

So what's it all about?

Stephen’s (David Mitchell) father, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to – finally – take over the pub. Mum Ellen and sister Cass have no interest in the family business - they're 'creative', with weed to buy and energy-centres to rebalance.

With his dad dead, it’s now Stephen’s chance to shine - his only achievements so far have been marriage (followed by divorce), a failed stint as a lawyer in London and a slightly disappointing pub refurb. But when the charming Andrew (Robert Webb) turns up out of the blue at his dad’s funeral, Stephen’s plans go awry.

Charismatic Andrew has lived in Sydney, Amsterdam, Lisbon, the Loire valley and Berlin but crucially, spent five formative months in 1989 fostered by Laurie and Ellen as a 15-year-old. To Stephen, Andrew was just one of a string of 30-odd foster kids who he spent his childhood resenting. But Andrew remembers every single detail and sees that time as the most important of his life.

Now Andrew's back, and keen to revisit the closest thing he's ever had to a family. Ellen loves Andrew. Cass loves Andrew. Even Laurie's erratic brother Uncle Geoff loves Andrew. But Stephen doesn’t love Andrew. He thinks he’s a glib, dangerous sociopath who's about to steal his family, his business and his life.

In tonight's episode, The Nichols family gather together as Alison, Stephen's ex and the family lawyer, reveal what's in Laurie's will. A horrified Stephen finds out that Andrew has been left a five per cent share of the family business, the John Barleycorn pub.

With the business in debt, Stephen and Andrew go head-to-head to find the best way to make some extra cash.

Back cast

Meet the cast and characters of Back below...

Stephen - DAVID MITCHELL - Stephen is ready to take over the pub after the death of his dad Laurie. This is his chance to shine, to show who he can be, to try to live up to the memory of his dad. But then Andrew shows up and everyone’s memory starts playing tricks.

Andrew - ROBERT WEBB - The time Andrew was fostered with Stephen’s family, 30 years ago, was the best five months of his life. Everyone loves Andrew... but Stephen doesn’t. He thinks he’s a glib, dangerous sociopath who’s about to steal his family, his business and his life.

Cass - LOUISE BREALEY - Stephen's sister, Cass is creative, original, bold and adventurous. Her art is her life and travel is in her blood.

L-R Andrew (Robert Webb) and Stephen (David Mitchell)

Geoff - GEOFF MCGIVERN - Uncle to Stephen and Cas, Geoff is their late dad Laurie's younger brother. He runs a failing farm and sometimes wears a balaclava in the street to reclaim it from sex criminals and terrorists "who have decimated the balaclava industry".

Ellen - PENNY DOWNIE - Mum to Stephen and Cass. She felt a bit trapped and stifled by Laurie. He didn’t approve of her dope-smoking, or her spiritual journey. Now she’s free to try new things, like Christianity and LSD, free to talk about her affairs and flings.

Back begins at 10PM on Channel 4 tonight (Wednesday) with the first of six episodes.

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