Synopsis by Hal Erickson
On the surface, there was nothing out of the ordinary about the British sitcom Peep Show. David Mitchell and Robert Webb starred as Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Osborne, a pair of twentysomething losers who shared the same South London flat. The obsessive, luckless Mark was employed in a dull, go-nowhere office job, while the unemployed Jeremy (aka "Jez") was lazy and opportunistic, vaguely pursuing a career as a pop star. Both roomies fantasized endlessly about women, with Mark carrying a torch for co-worker Sophie Chapman (Olivia Colman) and Jeremy going gaga over his divorced neighbor Toni (Elizabeth Marmur). Others in the cast included Sophie's insufferably good-looking boyfriend, Geoff (Neil Fitzmaurice), and Jez's manipulative pal and fellow musician Super Hans (Matt King). This being a an early-21st century effort, much of the humor was derived from the scripts' overabundance of sexual single-entendres and the frequent public humiliations endured by the principals. What set Peep Show apart from the standard Odd Couple-Men Behaving Badly was its first-person camerawork -- that is, the camera frequently acted as the "eyes" of the main characters, while the soundtrack revealed their innermost thoughts, in the tradition of Strange Interlude. It was a highly sophisticated and technically complicated gimmick, and it worked brilliantly. Peep Show was seen on BBC2 beginning September 1, 2003.