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'Back': How the 'Peep Show' Creators Followed Up Their Cult Britcom

'Back': How the 'Peep Show' Creators Followed Up Their Cult Britcom
What do you do when the series that you've worked on for more than a decade – one that's attained cult status, spawned BuzzFeed listicles and earned you famous fans on both sides of the Atlantic – has finally come to an end? For David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the stars of the beloved Britcom Peep Show, which ran on the U.K.'s Channel 4 from 2003 to 2015, the answer was obvious: Get to work on another series.

"We were sort of staring into the abyss of a post Peep Show world,
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‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward

‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward
Like any other most recent output from an established comedy duo or writing team, it’s impossible not to see back the latest series from stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb without a consideration of the titanic work they’ve done in the past. Written by long time collaborator and “Veep” writer Simon Blackwell, “Back” is a fainter echo of their work on the legendary “Peep Show” and their sketch shows across different media. Bringing some of that previous sensibility to a more conventional comedy may not be the most satisfying use of their talents, but this is still a twisted dark family comedy that’s worth a shot for die-hards.

Back” tells the simple, spiraling story of Stephen (Mitchell), a man dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. The family-owned John Barleycorn pub is set to come under his control, right as he’s starting to be
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‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward

‘Back’ Review: ‘Peep Show’ Team Reunites for a Bleak Brother Comedy with a Delayed Reward
Like any other most recent output from an established comedy duo or writing team, it’s impossible not to see back the latest series from stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb without a consideration of the titanic work they’ve done in the past. Written by long time collaborator and “Veep” writer Simon Blackwell, “Back” is a fainter echo of their work on the legendary “Peep Show” and their sketch shows across different media. Bringing some of that previous sensibility to a more conventional comedy may not be the most satisfying use of their talents, but this is still a twisted dark family comedy that’s worth a shot for die-hards.

Back” tells the simple, spiraling story of Stephen (Mitchell), a man dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. The family-owned John Barleycorn pub is set to come under his control, right as he’s starting to be
See full article at Indiewire »

'Back' Creator Simon Blackwell on Why He's Glad He Ditched Political Satire (Clue: Trump and Brexit)

Thanks to Veep, its even-swearier Brit predecessor The Thick of It and the foul-mouthed feature-length spinoff In The Loop, Simon Blackwell’s comedic pen has been behind arguably the past decade’s most celebrated (and award-amassing) U.K. political satire.

Alongside his collaborations with Armando Iannucci (the two are currently working together on a David Copperfield adaptation), the Oscar-nominated writer has also found the time to team with Chris Morris for Four Lions in 2010 and script several episodes of Peep Show, one of the U.K.'s most adored sitcoms that ran for nine seasons.

Now back in the U.K. (he left Veep in 2015...
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Back series 2 is happening

Kirsten Howard Nov 15, 2017

Mitchell and Webb's latest comedy offering Back will be, er, back for a second series...

Comedy series Back, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, will be getting a second run of episodes next year. Six, to be precise. Channel 4 have announced that they'll begin filming next summer, and hopefully make their way to our screens in the autumn.

The first series, which focused on Mitchell's character Stephen trying to take over the family pub whilst dealing with his annoying foster brother (Webb), managed to score around a million viewers an episode.

“I’m so pleased Channel 4 have given their backing to bringing Back back for a second series," David Mitchell said in a statement. "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.
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November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month

November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month
Another turn of the calendar means another flood of new things to be aware of. Sure, Netflix has an entire slate of fresh programming all to themselves, but even that’s just the tip of the TV iceberg. The fall TV season might be winding down before a massive Thanksgiving reboot, but there are plenty of premieres still left before we get too deep into the end of the year chatter. So warm up your (probably already overheated, actually) DVRs, fill out your mental calendars, and skim through some of the best new shows the month has to offer. Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

(Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, and October previews are here to help guide you.)

Smilf” (November 5, Showtime)

The ongoing adventures of Bridgette, navigating single motherhood and life in Southie,
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November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month

November TV Premieres: 11 New Shows To Look Out For This Month
Another turn of the calendar means another flood of new things to be aware of. Sure, Netflix has an entire slate of fresh programming all to themselves, but even that’s just the tip of the TV iceberg. The fall TV season might be winding down before a massive Thanksgiving reboot, but there are plenty of premieres still left before we get too deep into the end of the year chatter. So warm up your (probably already overheated, actually) DVRs, fill out your mental calendars, and skim through some of the best new shows the month has to offer. Read More:Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

(Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, and October previews are here to help guide you.)

Smilf” (November 5, Showtime)

The ongoing adventures of Bridgette, navigating single motherhood and life in Southie,
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Back: Sundance Now Announces New Premiere for Scripted Comedy Series

David Mitchell and Robert Webb at back together. Today, Sundance Now announced their new TV show Back will debut in November.From Veep writer Simon Blackwell, the comedy "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)."Read More…
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Back review: farewell to Mitchell and Webb’s squirmingly good sitcom-cum-thriller

Simon Blackwell’s comedy about a suspected cuckoo in the nest was surprisingly touching without veering into sentimentality. Bring on series two

Channel 4 likes its comedies to emerge all tangled up in a mess of genres. The dearly departed Fresh Meat was a comedy half-presented as a drama. Flowers was about a suicidal middle-aged man (and his miserable family) who detests the world around him. Catastrophe is often extraordinarily bleak in its sharp jokes about how humans struggle to live together without kind of hating each other sometimes too.

When the first episode of Back (Channel 4) aired, it made sense that this is where it would live. It was a clever amalgamation of quickfire sitcom and a plot that could have been pulled out of a thriller, telling the story of a misfit man and his one-time foster brother, who showed up at “their” father’s funeral, only
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Back review – Mitchell and Webb return with a glorious mix of fun and filth

The double-act’s return to the small screen has been created by Peep Show co-writer Simon Blackwell – leading to inevitable comparisons

Laurie is dead. Laurie was the popular pub landlord in a pretty English village. Now it’s time for son Stephen (David Mitchell) to step up to the plate, in the pub, in the village, as head of the family. Trouble is Stephen’s not much of a stepper-up-to-the-plate. More of a faff-around-the-edges kind of chap. It doesn’t help that he keeps on turning into his roughly 12-year-old self (nice touch, that). He has never really grown up, broken away, achieved anything, taken any risks or responsibilities, asserted himself.

And it really doesn’t help when Andrew (Robert Webb) shows up at the funeral. Andrew is a smooth-talking, jetset high-achiever (he says) who was once fostered for a few months by the family. He says. Stephen doesn’t
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TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’

TV News Roundup: Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat Cast in Freeform’s ‘Grown-ish’
Casting

Francia Raisa and Jordan Buhat have been cast as series regulars in “grown-ish,” the Freeform spin-off series from ABC’s “black-ish.” Raisa will portray Ana, an outspoken conservative freshman at Southern California University, and Buhat will portray Vivek, a first generation Indian-American freshman at Southern California University with a lack of self-awareness. R&B duo Chloe x Halle have also snagged recurring roles on the series as twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the university. “grown-ish” follows Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson as she deals with the various difficulties of going away to college. The 13-episode series is set to premiere in 2018.
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Back: premiere date set for Mitchell and Webb's new series

Kirsten Howard Aug 29, 2017

Back, starring Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb, starts next week on Channel 4...

In 2015 we bid a sad goodbye to Mark and Jeremy, as Peep Show's ninth series came to a close, and after the cult success of the David Mitchell and Robert Webb-starring Pov sitcom, what better way to move forwards than to go Back

In Back, a new series with Mitchell and Webb front and centre, the two will reuinite with writer Simon Blackwell on Channel 4, and it's now been revealed that it'll start next week, on Wednesday September 6th, at 10pm.

Here's the first trailer we had for the show, revealed by David Mitchell over on Twitter...

We'll find Mitchell as cheery as ever playing divorced Stephen, who has failed in his career to become a lawyer and arrives home after the passing of his father to take over the family pub.
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Back: SundanceTV Announces New Comedy Series from Veep Co-Writer

Peep Show stars Robert Webb and David Mitchel are together again. Recently, SundanceTV announced their upcoming TV series Back.From Veep writer Simon Blackwell, the comedy "follows Stephen (David 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 (Robert Webb)."Read More…
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Sundance Now Orders ‘Back,’ Sets Premieres for ‘Riviera’ and ‘Rillington Place’

Sundance Now Orders ‘Back,’ Sets Premieres for ‘Riviera’ and ‘Rillington Place’
Streaming service Sundance Now is beefing up its slate with a new original comedy along with two acquisitions.

Back,” a six-part comedy, is created and written by Simon Blackwell (“Veep”), directed by Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) and starring David Mitchell (“Peep Show”) and Robert Webb (“Peep Show”).

The comedy, which will premiere on Sundance Now in fall 2017 and on SundanceTV in 2018, 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 foiled by the unexpected return of his estranged foster brother, Andrew (Webb).

“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,” said Jan Diedrichsen, general manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “It is the perfect entrée into comedy for Sundance Now, with its compelling yet relatable characters and hilarious storylines.”

The
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Sundance Now Streaming Service Picks Up Comedy Series ‘Back’, Drama ‘Riviera’, Mini ‘Rillington Place’

AMC Networks' premium video streaming service Sundance Now has announced that they will be adding three series to the fold: Back, Riviera, and Rillington Place. The comedy, Back, is a new scripted original co-production created and written by Oscar nominee Simon Blackwell (Veep, In the Loop, Peep Show), directed by Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners) and starring BAFTA winners David Mitchell and Robert Webb who worked on Peep Show alongside Blackwell. The show follows Stephen…
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Sundance Now to Co-Produce Comedy From 'Veep' Producer

Sundance Now is ramping up its slate of originals.

The AMC Networks-owned streamer on Saturday announced two major acquisitions, as well as a new co-production with BBC Worldwide North America from former Veep executive producer Simon Blackwell, at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

Created and written by Blackwell, Back is a six-part dark comedy that follows Stephen (David 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 (Robert Webb).

Directed by Ben Palmer...
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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
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‘Veep’ Co-Writer Simon Blackwell Pens Comedy ‘Back’ for Channel 4

‘Veep’ Co-Writer Simon Blackwell Pens Comedy ‘Back’ for Channel 4
Screenwriter Simon Blackwell, who won an Emmy for co-writing “Veep” and was Oscar nominated for “In the Loop,” is to pen comedy series “Back” for the U.K.’s Channel 4. The six-part series will star BAFTA winners David Mitchell and Robert Webb, with whom Blackwell worked on “Peep Show.”

The series centers on Stephen, played by Mitchell. When his father, a pub landlord and local legend, dies, Stephen takes his place behind the bar. “Mum Ellen and sister Cass have no interest in the family business — they’re ‘creative,’ with weed to buy and energy-centers to rebalance,” according to a statement.

“It’s now Stephen’s chance to shine — his only achievements so far have been marriage (followed by divorce) and a slightly disappointing pub refurb. But when the charming Andrew (Webb) turns up out of the blue at his dad’s funeral, Stephen’s plans go awry.”

Andrew had been fostered by Stephen’s parents
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Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite for new comedy

Channel 4 sitcom Back, about a dysfunctional family running a pub, is written by Veep and In The Loop’s Simon Blackwell

Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb will reunite for a new Channel 4 sitcom, Back, about a dysfunctional family running a pub.

The new comedy is written by Simon Blackwell, a regular collaborator with Armando Iannucci on In The Loop and Veep who also wrote episodes of Peep Show, which ended after nine series and 12 years last year.

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Full list of winners from the 2016 WGA Awards

With the Academy Awards fast approaching, the Writers Guild of America handed out its 2016 honours last night, with Spotlight claiming the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay, and The Big Short received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was award Best Documentary Screenplay, while on the TV side of things there were successes for Mad Men (Drama Series), Veep (Comedy Series), Mr. Robot (New Series), Better Call Saul (Episodic Drama) and Silicon Valley (Episodic Comedy).

Check out a full list of the winners here…

Original Screenplay

Spotlight

Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Drama Series

Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert,
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