From Oscar Nominee and ‘Veep’ Co-Writer Simon Blackwell, Six-Part Original Reunites ‘Peep Show’ Co-Stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb
“One of the funniest and most intriguingly different comedies in a long time.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“David Mitchell and Robert Webb continue their fruitful comedy partnership in this dark, fabulous British import.” – New York Times
Monday, February 26th, 2018 – “Back,” the scripted original co-production from Sundance Now, created and written by Academy Award® nominee Simon Blackwell (“Veep”, “In the Loop,” “Peep Show”) will make its US linear television debut on Wednesday, March 7th at 11/10c on SundanceTV. “Back” is also available on Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service.
The six-part comedy, which is directed by Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) and reunites “Peep Show” co-stars and BAFTA winners, David Mitchell and Robert Webb, follows Stephen (Mitchell) as he tries to follow in his recently deceased father’s footsteps and take over the family business. But his plans are soon foiled by the unexpected return of his estranged foster brother, Andrew (Webb).
Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now, commented, “Funny and clever with a strong emotional heart, ‘Back’ is an auteur-driven series that brings together a unique pairing of some of today’s best comedic minds. Sundance Now members have responded enthusiastically to the series since it launched in November ‘17 and we are thrilled to introduce it to a new audience via SundanceTV.”
After the death of his father, a pub landlord and local legend, Stephen – whose only achievements so far have been marriage, followed by divorce, and a slightly disappointing refurbish of a pub – finally has a chance to shine as he is set to take over the family business. But his plans are interrupted when the charming Andrew (Webb), a former foster child briefly raised by Stephen’s parents, turns up out of the blue at his father’s funeral and is eager to renew his relationship with the closest thing to a family he has ever known. While Andrew quickly charms the rest of Stephen’s dysfunctional family, including his mother Ellen, sister Cass and uncle Geoff, Stephen quickly begins to resent Andrew, who he sees as a glib, dangerous sociopath who’s about to steal his family, his business and his life.
“Back” is produced by That Mitchell & Webb Company in association with Big Talk Productions for Channel 4 in the UK, commissioned by Fiona Dermott, and began streaming exclusively in the US on Sundance Now in November 2017. Executive Producers are Kenton Allen, Simon Blackwell, Matthew Justice, David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
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