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Peep Show PEEP SHOW

Programme: Peep Show
Broadcast: 2003 - 2005   ( Channel 4 )
Episodes: 18 (3 series)
Starring: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Elizabeth Marmur
Written by: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain
Directed by: Tristram Shapeero, Jeremy Wooding
Production: Objective Productions More info
Synopsis:

A sitcom about two socially dysfunctional twenty-somethings who share a South London flat. Wannabe popstar Jeremy is a lazy man with big ideas, mostly about himself. His old friend and flatmate is the astonishingly tragic Mark, an obsessive loser with a no-pain, no-gain view of the world.

BSG Review:

"Peep Show" is full of innovation. For example Jeremy and Mark's inner thoughts can be heard thus tapping into a new source of comedy and, more strikingly, thanks to the latest filming technology we see the action as if looking out of the characters own eyes.

The camera work certainly makes for interesting viewing although it is a bit of a gimmick. Much more satisfying is the cringe-making embarrassment and excruciating faux pas comedy; in fact much of the show's humour is best described as 'close to the bone' and is rather adult so it isn't for the masses - this didn't hold it back from winning the 2004 Rose D'Or sitcom award though.

Notes:

Channel 4 have announced that they have commissioned a fourth series despite the falling ratings so expect to see Jeremy and Mark on screen again!


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