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Mitchell and Webb Are Back
TV Critic Max Marks weighs in on Back, the latest comedic attempt from Mitchell and Webb
The dynamic duo are back… in Back. I was so excited. Peep Show remains one of my favourite television comedies and my expectations for this new series were huge. I really wanted to write a glowing report and implore you to go and watch it but I can’t. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They have tried something quite different and I don’t think it has worked. If you are looking for the traditional Mitchell and Webb dynamic or any of those awkward but real moments that made Peep Show what it was, then you will be disappointed.
“I am not sure you could call Back a comedy, it is more drama or thriller with comedic elements
I am not sure you could call Back a comedy, it is more drama or thriller with comedic elements. Obviously, humour is a central theme but the plot takes precedence and I personally don’t watch comedies for engaging plot lines. There are some very funny moments, such as the dog hostage rescue which ends with Uncle Geoff (Geoffrey McGivern) beating the shit out of the would-be kidnapper with a baseball bat and Ellen Nichols (Louise Brealey) tripping on acid. There are also plenty of Mitchell and Webb-esque awkward moments that I think defines their comedic style.
“David Mitchell and Robert Webb are comedians and not classic actors, in all of their series they only play themselves
Having said all of that the series is not all that bad, it is just not what I was hoping they would produce. I wouldn’t recommend you go out of your way to watch it but if you have a spare half an hour give it a go, you may enjoy it. The whole series is currently available on All 4 and the final episode was left with enough unanswered questions that I anticipate a second series will be commissioned. Hopefully, like so many excellent televisions series, the first series is often a disappointment, classic comedy series like Minder are a good example of this. I really do want to like Back, but it just isn’t for me right now, perhaps it will be when it comes back.