Sundance Now Announces New Scripted Original Comedy BACK, Coming This Fall
Sundance Now, AMC Networks' premium video streaming service dedicated to bringing members high-quality, acclaimed independent film, documentaries and TV series, announced today a new scripted original co-production, BACK, 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 (Peep Show) and Robert Webb (Peep Show). The six part acerbic comedy, which reunites Blackwell with Mitchell and 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). It premieres on Sundance Now in fall 2017 and will premiere on SundanceTV later in 2018. International sales are being managed by BBC Worldwide.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. It is the perfect entrée into comedy for Sundance Now, with its compelling yet relatable characters and hilarious storylines. We are sure that this laugh-out-loud, addictive comedy will have members binge-watching in one sitting." Kenton Allen, CEO of Big Talk Productions said 'Simon, David and Robert are the holy trinity of British Comedy and, in this increasingly dynamic global marketplace, we're delighted that this wonderful new show will reach US audiences thanks to our friends at Sundance Now'. 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. The series is produced by That Mitchell & Webb Company in association with Big Talk Productions for Channel 4 in the UK, commissioned by Fiona Dermott, and will premiere exclusively on Sundance Now in the US. Executive Producers are Kenton Allen, Simon Blackwell, Matthew Justice, David Mitchell, Robert Webb. The deal was negotiated by Aurelie de Troyer, VP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Sundance Now, and for BBC Worldwide Americas, Jemma Harvey, Executive Vice President, Scripted Sales and Co-Productions. To stream all Sundance Now content via web, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, FireTV and Chromecast, visit SundanceNow.com and sign up for a 7-day free trial.