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Peacock — release date, cast, plot, interview, first look, and all about the gym trainer comedy

Allan Mustafa stars as gym trainer Andy Peacock in the new BBC3 comedy.
Allan Mustafa stars as gym trainer Andy Peacock in the new BBC3 comedy. (Image credit: BBC)

Peacock on BBC3 and BBCiPlayer sees People Just Do Nothing star Allan 'Seapa' Mustafa playing vain personal trainer Andy Peacock. A man desperate to prove himself, Andy works at Sportif Leisure, exists in a world of selfies and showing off and he’s trying his best to hide his own identity crisis. But when things don’t go his way, Andy is forced to make a choice, admit he’s not the man he wants to be or prove that he can be taken seriously. 

The show's writer Steve Stamp also co-created and starred in People Just Do Nothing with Allan Mustafa as well as C4 drama The Curse. Steve says: “Clearly I am not someone qualified to write about going to the gym so it’s actually mostly about a bunch of flawed messes struggling to function in the modern world.”

So here's everything you need to know about Peacock on BBC3... 

Calling Mr Vain! Allan Mustafa as gym obsessive Andy Peacock.

Calling Mr Vain! Allan Mustafa as gym obsessive Andy Peacock. (Image credit: BBC)

Peacock release date

Peacock is a three-part comedy that launches on BBC3 on Monday April 25 at 10pm and will also be released as a box set on BBC iPlayer from that date. We will update if there's a US or international air date, also if it arrives on a streaming service such as Netflix or Prime Video. 

Is there a trailer for Peacock?

Sadly there's no official trailer for Peacock yet but if and when the BBC releases one we’ll put it up on this page. A small clip of Peacock however can be seen on a BBC3 trailer released earlier in 2022. Take a look below...

Peacock plot 

Personal trainer Andy Peacock is perfection, on the outside. Living in a world of perfectly curated dating profiles, selfies and bravado he struts around like the proverbial peacock. But when he loses out on a promotion to a younger and better-looking personal; trainer, he realises he’s a man out of time. Andy knows he must prove there’s more to him than his good looks but in a world where vanity and success go hand in hand, does he really have anything more to offer? 

Andy Peacock isn't great with the ladies either and a scene from the first episode where he springs a surprise dinner with his parents on an unsuspecting date is quite memorable. 

Andy arranges a surprise date with his parents.

Andy Peacock in reflective mood!  (Image credit: BBC)

Peacock cast — Allan Mustafa on playing Andy Peacock

Allan 'Seapa' Mustafa, who plays vain trainer Andy Peacock, says: "Andy's someone that's had his heyday in like 2006 and now he’s just getting older. At the start of the series he’s trying to work out what he actually wants, because he's just in exactly the same position as he was. He’s a bit like MC Grindah but a lot sweeter and more vulnerable. He’s a nice guy and he wants to be loved, but he just goes about things the wrong way, especially when it comes to dating!"

"I’m half Kurdish, so we decided to make Andy half Kurdish. There are some funny moments when he brings dates back to meet his parents and we even got to speak a little bit of Kurdish, which was actually important to me. I used to be a bit embarrassed about my heritage, as I grew up in a very white working class area, but now I’m obsessed Kurdish food."

So does Allan go to the gym much? "I never used to do gym or sports, I spent my time doing music, graffiti and smoking when I was younger, but I’ve been going a bit more recently, for damage control. When he heard about the show, my personal trainer said, 'You better not be taking the p*** out of me!'”

Allan previously co-created, wrote and starred in the smash hit People Just Do Nothing, playing MC Grindah in the BAFTA-winning mockumentary about a group of failed MCs and their love for pirate radio. The show also starred Asim Chaudhry and Hugo Chegwin and led to the movie People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan (2021). Allan also starred in the recent Channel 4 drama series The Curse, alongside Tom Davies.

Allan as Mc Grindah in People Just Do Nothing.

Allan as Mc Grindah in People Just Do Nothing. (Image credit: BBC)

Emer Kenny and Allan Mustafa as Natasha and Albert in 'The Curse'.

Allan Mustafa with Emer Kenny as Natasha and Albert in 'The Curse'. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Who else is starring in Peacock?

The Peacock cast also includes Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris) who will play Jay. After Life star Mandeep Dhillon plays Georgia while Thomas Gray (Absolutely Fine), Susan Wokoma (Year of the Rabbit), Callie Cooke (The Stranger) and Sophia Di Martino (Loki) also appear in the comedy. 

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.