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The First Team on BBC - Start date, cast, plot and everything you need to know

The First Team

This wacky new BBC2 football comedy could fill the sporting hole in your summer...

The First Team is the latest comedy by the creators of C4 series The Inbetweeners.

It follows the struggles of a fictional Premier League team, focusing on three young players.

Here's everything you need to know about the new BBC series...

What is The First Team about?

The series focuses on the mostly off-the-pitch misadventures of three young football players.

Viewers get an insight into their friendship, and the difficulties they face when it comes to women, money and social media.

The players are good at scoring goals, but struggle when it comes to daily life outside of their football ground.

But the pitch isn't plain-sailing either, as they clash with Italian manager Cesare, their eccentric American Chairman, resident hard-man Petey Brooks and ineffectual coach Chris Booth.

Mattie Sullivan soon becomes good pals with fellow players Jack and Benji - but not so much Petey (right)

Mattie Sullivan soon becomes good pals with fellow players Jack and Benji - but not so much Petey (right)

Who stars in the series?

Shaquille Ali-Yebuah, Jack McMullen and Jake Short play the team's three young players.

BoJack Horseman star Will Arnett plays their eccentric American chairman.

Modern Family's Chris Geere stars as Chris Booth, the team's coach.

The First Team

BoJack Horseman star Will Arnett plays the team's American chairman. (Picture: Getty Images)

The Inbetweeners Movie's Theo Barklem-Biggs plays Petey Brooks and Italian manager Cesare is played by Paolo Sassanelli.

When can we watch The First Team?

The First Team begins on Thursday 28th May at 9.30pm on BBC Two.

There's six episodes in total, each written by Inbetweeners writing duo Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.

The writers said, "We're so lucky to be working with such an incredible bunch, some new faces and some we've worked with over the years, all making us laugh enormously."

Episodes will air on consecutive Thursday nights.

Is there a trailer?

There sure is, here you are...


Is that Jurgen Klopp I saw making an appearance in the first episode of The First Team?

Liverpool's all-conquering manager does has a brief cameo as himself in the opening stages, although he doesn't have any lines. Jurgen's inclusion was probably arranged by Emmy-winning producer Tom Werner. The American has iconic US comedies like Roseanne and That ‘70s Show on his CV, but he’s also the chairman of current European Champions, Liverpool FC.

"I’m a massive Liverpool fan so it was great to meet Tom and thank him for everything he’s done for the Reds," says Jack McMullan. "He also persuaded Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to do a small cameo, which was ace. I was gutted that I didn’t get to meet him, but maybe he could sign my character in series two!"

The First Team begins in late May on BBC.

Additional reporting by Sean Marland.