Mitchell and Webb Will Be ‘Back’ For Season 2 Of Their Sitcom
Channel 4 has confirmed a Mitchell and Webb’s critically-acclaimed sitcom ‘Back‘ will be… well… back… for a 2nd season!
From Emmy-award winning Simon Blackwell (‘Veep’, ‘In The Loop’, ‘Peep Show’), and starring the David Mitchell and Robert Webb (‘Peep Show’, ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’), the series follows Stephen (Mitchell) as he tries to follow in his recently deceased father’s footsteps and take over the family business. However, his plans are foiled by the unexpected return of his estranged foster brother, Andrew (Webb).
The supporting cast includes Penny Downie, Louise Brealey, Olivia Poulet, Geoffrey McGivern, Jessica Gunning, John MacMillan, Matthew Holness and Oliver Maltman.
“I’m so pleased Channel 4 have given their backing to bringing Back back for a second series,” said Mitchell. “I look back on Back series one with tremendous pride and can’t wait to be back working with the whole Back pack when we’re all back together making Back.” To which Webb adds “We’re all delighted that Back is where it belongs: back.”
The first series of Back attracted an average consolidated audience of 1 million viewers per episode, and outperformed Channel 4’s slot average for share of its key demographics of 16-34 year olds (+28%) and ABC1s (+21%). The launch episode was the most successful Channel 4 comedy debut in over a year and the series is the best performing new comedy on All 4 in 5 years.
‘Back’ has been recommissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles. The series is produced by That Mitchell & Webb Company in association Big Talk Productions. Blackwell, Mitchell and Webb will once more serve as executive producers, along with Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. International Distribution is with BBC Worldwide. Big Talk is a part of ITV Studios.
The 2nd series of ‘Back‘ will be 6 x 30 min episodes, and goe into production next summer, presumably with an eye to airing in Autumn 2018.