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Peep Show. Image shows from L to R: Jeremy Osborne (Robert Webb), Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell). Image credit: Objective Productions.

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The final series starts in November

Peep Show

The final series starts in November.

Sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb as a pair of socially dysfunctional flatmates with little else in common

2003 - 2012  (Channel 4)
48 (8 series)
Robert Webb, David Mitchell, Olivia Colman, Matt King, Paterson Joseph, Neil Fitzmaurice, Elizabeth Marmur, Rachel Blanchard, Sophie Winkleman, Isy Suttie, Jim Howick & more
Andrew O'Connor, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, David Mitchell, Robert Webb
Objective Productions

A sitcom about Mark and Jeremy (Jez), two socially dysfunctional men. Despite having nothing in common they share a South London flat.

Wannabe 'musician' Jeremy is a lazy man with big ideas, mostly about himself. Meanwhile Mark is an astonishingly tragic obsessive loser with a no-pain, no-gain view of the world.

Their deepest, darkest thoughts and feelings are revealed as they try to find their place in the modern world and endeavour to find love and fulfilment.

In the last series there's more than a whiff of desperation about Mark and Jeremy still sharing a flat in post-credit crunch Croydon. Having discovered that Sophie is pregnant they have to face up to the possibility that either one of them might be the father. How will this affect Mark's pursuit of Dobby? And will it help or hinder Jeremy as he falls for his dream woman; dope-dealing-musician-activist Elena?

Super Hans becomes a man with a van ('Get a van too Jez; we could be men with ven'), Jeremy owns up to watching porn to save a friend from humiliation at work ('I took the wank bullet'), while Mark discovers the truth about what it is like to work closely with Johnson, the boss he worships.

In 2010's Series 7, Mark has become a father. Burdened with a new and frightening responsibility, he finds that he can't get a decent job and is forced to continue to work as a waiter. Worried about his relationship with his baby, Ian; worried that he'll spend the rest of his days as a waiter; worried about his commitment to Ian's mother, Sophie; and worried that he's losing love interest Dobby to his rival Gerrard, Mark experiences his 'darkest hour'.

Jeremy, on the other hand, stumbles upon a new and exciting source of income, power and responsibility. Miraculously walking away from the wreckage of his affair with Elena, Jeremy also meets a new love interest. But just as his life is looking up, he discovers that his new situation comes with complex strings attached.

The series follows Mark and Jeremy from the birth of Mark's baby to 'little Ian's' christening. We also meet Mark's parents for the first time as the boys attempt to celebrate a traditional family Christmas. And a disastrous New Year's Eve party crawl culminates with Mark and Jeremy facing choices that could end their friendship - forever.

In the most recent episode, Series 8, we pick up the story as it was left at the end of Series 7 when, on New Year's Eve, Mark asked Dobby, his girlfriend, to move in with him. She agreed, and Jeremy was faced with the prospect of moving out to make way. It's a month or so later, and Mark is still waiting for Jeremy to leave. In the meantime, Mark is becoming increasingly jealous of Gerrard, his rival for Dobby's affections. Because Gerrard is so sickly, Dobby constantly makes visits to his flat to look after him, and Mark is beginning to worry that she'll move in with his rival instead. Meanwhile Jeremy, realising that his life to date has amounted to very little, decides to visit a therapist. When Mark gets himself a job in a bathroom fittings shop, and Jeremy finds therapy beneficial, things begin to take a positive turn, until that is, an unforeseen tragic event hits them both like a bolt from the blue.

Our Review: Peep Show is without a doubt, most definitely, one of the very best sitcoms of the decade. It's just brilliant in every way. However, despite the fact it has a large cult following, Peep Show is unlikely to ever cross into the mainstream and thus will only be enjoyed by those who seek it out.

There's a lot of things which make this such a great comedy. Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain's sharp, dark, scripts and intelligent dialogue are definitely a major contributing factor. The unique filming style and being able to hear the characters' internal monologues is another; as is the performances from Mitchell and Webb who fit perfectly into the shoes of Mark and Jeremy, in fact it's such a good fit it almost feels as if they are actually like those characters in real life too.

Although the camera work certainly makes for interesting viewing it is a bit of a gimmick. Much more satisfying is the cringe-making embarrassment and excruciating faux pas inserted into the show via the dark and twisted inner-monologues of the characters.

Much of the show's humour is best described as 'close to the bone' so it isn't for the masses - maybe this is why, despite all the praise and press, the show has only managed 'average' audience figures to date (around 1.5 million), and has veered incredibly close to cancellation on a number of occasions accordingly. However, Channel 4 have continued to show faith in the programme.