The awards, voted for by the public, recognise the best of the year’s comedy programming.
Back has been voted Best New TV Sitcom in the Comedy.co.uk Awards poll, conducted by the British Comedy Guide. The show was up against fellow nominees GameFace, Quacks, This Country, Tim Vine Travels Through Time and White Gold in the poll that also saw Cold Feet nominated in the Best TV Comedy Drama category.
The 6 x 30′ sitcom from Emmy award-winning Simon Blackwell (Veep, In The Loop, Peep Show) stars the inimitable and award-winning David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look). The series 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). Supporting cast include Penny Downie, Louise Brealey, Olivia Poulet, Geoffrey McGivern, Jessica Gunning, John MacMillan, Oliver Maltman and Matthew Holness.
Critics called the series “a triumph and explosively funny too” (The Observer), “establishing a comic style of our era…with clips that will be replayed when this decade is summed up” (The Sunday Times), “deliciously wicked humour to enjoy” (The Times) “…just as funny and heart-warming as [Mitchell & Webb] ever was” (Daily Telegraph), “impossible not to laugh at” (Daily Mirror), “A glorious mix of fun and filth” (The Guardian) and “Back is on splendid comedy form” (Radio Times).
The first series of Back attracted an average consolidated audience of one million viewers per episode. The series outperformed Channel 4’s slot average for share of its key demographics of 16-34 year olds (+28%) and ABC1s (+21%). The launch episode was the most successful Channel 4 comedy debut in over a year and the series is the best performing new comedy on All 4 in five years.
A second, six-part (6 x 30) series will go into production later this year.
See the full list of winners and nominees at Comedy.co.uk.