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Chan­nel 4 Robert, 44, stars in new

Show co-star com­edy Back, with Peep his foster

David Mitchell play­ing us be­hind the brother. Here he takes was shot at scenes on the show, which

Pinewood Stu­dios in Buck­ing­hamshire and on lo­ca­tion in Glouces­ter­shire…


In Back I play An­drew, the es­tranged foster brother of David’s char­ac­ter Stephen, who’s come back into his life. It’s not clear what kind of per­son An­drew re­ally is. He can be very charm­ing, but does he have an evil streak run­ning through him and a de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Stephen’s life mis­er­able? To­day we’re film­ing at Pinewood Stu­dios, where the in­te­rior of Stephen’s pub, The John Bar­l­ey­corn, has been cre­ated. It’s fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory – we filmed a lot of our sketch show That Mitchell And Webb Look here.


I’m film­ing more scenes with David to­day. I’ve known him since our days at univer­sity, but this is the first time we’ve acted to­gether in ages. We’ve worked to­gether so much, it’s new to us to have had the chance to miss one another – and we have done. Back in 2006 we filmed Peep Show, the first se­ries of That Mitchell And Webb Look and a movie called Magicians, did a 43-date tour and TV ads for Ap­ple… we were hardly out of each other’s sight and we got on each other’s nerves. Not now though.


To­day’s scenes with David are be­ing filmed in a house not far from Pinewood that dou­bles as Stephen’s for­mer fam­ily home (right). Great at­ten­tion has been paid to de­tail – there’s even a pic­ture of Stephen on his wed­ding day to ex-wife Ali­son, played by the won­der­ful Olivia Poulet.


We’re back at Pinewood to­day and there are ru­mours that the stu­dio next door is be­ing used to film the lat­est Star Wars movie. They cer­tainly have some very flash cater­ing be­ing de­liv­ered, bet­ter than ours. We’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a brief heat­wave and film­ing con­di­tions are un­com­fort­able, al­though it’s the na­ture of the work to be ei­ther too hot or too cold when you’re in cos­tume. But we mustn’t grum­ble as we’re fin­ished by late af­ter­noon. Some of our co-stars are hav­ing to carry on un­til mid­night be­cause they’re film­ing scenes set af­ter dark.


Flash­back scenes to­day with younger ver­sions of my­self and David. The ac­tors play­ing us are charm­ing young men and mine ac­tu­ally looks a bit like I did when I was younger. Then more scenes in the pub, which comes com­plete with kitchen, bar, of­fice and not for­get­ting the ill-ad­vised pine fur­ni­ture Stephen’s in­tro­duced as part of a re­fur­bish­ment that hasn’t proved pop­u­lar. Si­mon Black­well’s scripts are ter­rific and if we’ve done them jus­tice Back will be a great show. We just hope view­ers give it a chance and don’t just say, ‘It’s not as good as Peep Show, is it?’

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