Peep Show’s El Dude Brothers Are Reuniting For Sitcom From Thick Of It Writer

The boys are back in town.

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El Dude Brothers Robert Webb and David Mitchell. Image Channel 4

Okay, this sounds like it’s going to be comedy gold. Peep Show’s David Mitchell and Robert Webb, the El Dude Brothers themselves, are reuniting for a new Channel 4 sitcom called Back.

As if the idea of Mark and Jez wasn’t appetising enough, they’ve got a comedy genius writer along with them for the ride.

The series will be penned by Simon Blackwell, an Emmy award winner who’s written for In the Loop, Veep and Peep Show in the past.

He also had a hand in writing Chris Morris classic Four Lions, so the comedy credentials on Back are pretty damn good.

The show will centre around Stephen, a man who inherits a pub after his landlord father dies.

Channel 4 said of Back in a statement released at their Upfronts 2017 event: “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.”

Mitchell, who’ll play Stephen in Back, added: “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.”

Peep Show wrapped up its run in 2015 after 12 years on the air. The Channel 4 sitcom scooped two BAFTA awards and is regarded as one of the greatest Brit comedies of all time.

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