Back centres around Stephen who is set to finally take over the family pub after his dad dies. His mum Ellen and sister Cass are uninterested in the business so it's definitely Stephen's turn. But when his charming former foster-brother Andrew turns up at the funeral, Stephen's plans go awry....
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Episode 6 01x06
Andrew has transformed the John Barleycorn into a huge success with a brilliant new look and a talented French chef. Stephen, feeling depressed and defeated, is drinking even more heavily than usual. Laurie's birthday memorial is fast approaching and Stephen needs some help writing a speech to better what will surely be Andrew's amazing oratory. When other former foster children turn up, Andrew's back story starts to be brought into question. Buoyed up by this, Stephen throws every ounce of his manic energy into finding out the truth about Andrew's past. And when he finally does, it's a revelation that looks like it could change everything.
Episode 5 01x05
Having discovered that the fire insurance policy is out of date, Andrew buys Cass's shares so he can renovate the pub after the fire. Cass and Ellen hail him as a hero. A furious Stephen, fuelled by what is now his customary 'morning wine', takes Maureen the dog for a walk where she escapes into the woods; Stephen almost immediately wishes she hadn't. Dognappers demand money from Stephen or they will kill Maureen, but help could be at hand. Some news from Alison about a local planning decision looks like being the key to revealing exactly why Andrew has returned to the John Barleycorn after 30 years. Cass finally goes off on her six-month travelling odyssey, and the family soon learn that she's got married to an unlikely man.
Episode 4 01x04
Stephen and Andrew are on a road trip to visit the pub's suppliers and spread the news of Laurie's death. Andrew tries to help Stephen along the way with getting over his ex-wife, clarifying a memory from their childhood and making shocking revelations that Stephen's parents' marriage wasn't all that it appeared to be. Back home Ellen gets a little bit too hands on with the church's drug outreach programme and Cass starts selling her stuff to raise funds to go travelling. Geoff has been left in charge of running the John Barleycorn and brings back a taste of the 1970s - smoking, cheese and pickle rolls and a collection for the lifeboat men.
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Episode 2 01x02
The Nichols family gather together as Alison, Stephen's ex and the family lawyer, reveal what's in Laurie's will. A horrified Stephen finds out that Andrew has been left a five per cent share of the family business, the John Barleycorn pub. With the business in debt, Stephen and Andrew go head-to-head to find the best way to make some extra cash. Ellen decides that joining the church is the next logical step in her spiritual journey and she and Julian the vicar get into some casual baptism. Maureen the dog continues to send Stephen reaching for the antihistamine as well as the red wine, but there's another even more irritating presence in Stephen's bedroom.
Episode 1 01x01
The Nichols family are preparing for the funeral of Laurie, a much loved father, brother, husband and the celebrated landlord of the John Barleycorn Pub. Uncle Geoff insists that Stephen should say one last goodbye to his dad at the funeral home, but Stephen is scared he won't know what to say and pretends he's too busy. As the day of the funeral arrives there's an unexpected mourner at the graveside: the charismatic and charming Andrew. He was one of the many children fostered by Stephen's family in the 80s - his parents' favourite. Just about everyone is thrilled to see Andrew, except Stephen who can't seem to remember him at all. Is Andrew who he says he is? And why has he turned up now after 30 years?