The First Team BBC start date: How many episodes are in The First Team?

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The BBC is dropping a fresh new comedy series from the makers of The Inbetweeners. The First Team pokes fun at the world of football through the lens a group of new players and their mercurial manager. has everything you need to know about The First Team including the episode count, plot and more.

How many episodes are in The First Team on BBC?

The series follows three rising stars in the world of football along with their manager, chairman and team hard man.

Every instalment will see the players getting up to all sorts of antics during their downtime.

The First Team will be kicking off tomorrow (Thursday, May 28) on BBC Two at 9.30pm.

There is a total of six episodes which will be airing weekly on the channel.


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Episodes will be available to watch on catch up via BBC iPlayer.

Here is a list of episodes from The First Team:

  • Episode 1. Selling Shirts
  • Episode 2. New Friends
  • Episode 3. Octopus Situation
  • Episode 4. International Break
  • Episode 5. Pints of Sorry
  • Episode 6. Upheaval

The First Team has been written by The Inbetweeners creative duo Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.

This is the first project which sees the pair reuniting after The Inbetweeners.

Speaking about creating the series, Beesley said they had both wanted to do a comedy set around professional football.

The idea came about many years ago after they’d finished filming the second series of The Inbetweeners.

However, it was Morris’ chance encounter with a Queens Park Rangers player on Transatlantic flight which led to the crystallisation of the idea.

Morris said: “I was a huge football fan, but talking to him about his day to day existence was fascinating and revealed all sorts of things I never knew, and had never even considered.

“One of the main things was that often training can only last about an hour, so for most days they have an extraordinary amount of time on their hands during the day.”

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He continued: “I came back and told Damon about it and we discussed making something about footballers, and what it would be like to work in what was an increasingly rare almost all-male environment.

“Then we made the third series of The Inbetweeners, and two films, and Damon made White Gold and we kind of forgot about it.”

Despite coming up with the concept a decade ago, it took them until now to get the idea to the small screen.

The pair cited other projects getting in the way of The First Team before they came back together.


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Morris said: “We wanted the next TV show we wrote together to be the right one.”

The First Team has a cast of up-and-coming actors including Shaquille Ali-Yebuah, Jack McMullen, Jake Short, Paolo Sassanelli, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Chris Geere, Tamla Kari.

The show also stars Emmy nominee and Canadian actor Will Arnett as the eccentric chairman Mark Crane.

Further cast members include Tamla Kari, Vadhir Derbez, Phil Wang and Neil Fitzmaurice.

First Team starts on BBC Two tomorrow at 9.30pm

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