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Writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain met actors/writers Mitchell and Webb during a failed attempt to complete a team-written sitcom for the BBC. They had an old, unproduced script that they wanted to revive called All Day Breakfast and brought in Mitchell and Webb to help out. The show did not work out but the four developed as a partnership, and one idea eventually evolved into Peep Show for Channel 4. Peep Show was originally conceived as a sitcom in the style of Beavis and Butt-head revolving around two characters watching and discussing television. However, the idea was dropped due to the large expense that airing clips from other shows would bring as well as Mitchell and Webb's fear that, because their characters would only be watching television, "[they] wouldn't be in the show".
Instead, Armstrong and Bain opted to produce a more story-based sitcom with an unconventional filming style. The events of the two main characters' lives are seen almost exclusively from their own points of view with a voice-over providing their internal thoughts. Scenes in the show are sometimes filmed using cameras strapped to the actors' heads, or attached to a hat, to give the viewer a point of view identical to that of the protagonists. The quality of footage captured with this method is sometimes poor and the technique was used less and less in later series. When head-mounted cameras are not used, scenes are filmed with the camera being held over the actor's shoulder, or directly in front of their face; each scene is therefore shot multiple times from different angles. Armstrong and Bain's choice of the style was influenced by the 2000 Channel 4 documentary Being Caprice about the model Caprice Bourret which featured a similar technique that had in turn been copied from the 1999 film Being John Malkovich. Bain noted: "So it's a third-hand steal, really. We thought it would be great for comedy, hearing someone else's thoughts. The voices give you a whole other dimension in terms of jokes." The idea for using voice-overs came from a scene in the Woody Allen film Annie Hall in which the true feelings of the characters are conveyed by subtitles. The POV technique separates Peep Show from other sitcoms and Mitchell claims that without it Peep Show would be similar to shows like Spaced and Men Behaving Badly.
Two pilots were filmed for the show, which allowed Armstrong and Bain to firmly develop and finalise the style of the show. Armstrong said, "On the run of doing those two pilots, we really created the show in the way that you couldn't if you hadn't tried it out." In the original pilot, Olivia Colman's character Sophie Chapman had a voice-over as well as Mitchell and Webb's characters Mark and Jeremy. The POV technique was also restricted solely to the character thinking at the time; it was later expanded so that the view could come from a third party. Bain and Armstrong are the show's principal writers and Mitchell and Webb provide additional material. Many story lines come from experiences in the writers' lives, particularly Bain's. For example, the series 5 episode "Burgling" sees Mark apprehend a burglar by sitting on him, something Bain once did in a video shop before he was told to get off as he was scaring the customers. The writing for each series takes place seven to eight months before filming begins; once each episode is mapped out scene by scene they must be approved by the producer Andrew O'Connor and Channel 4. Rehearsals take two weeks and filming lasts for six to seven weeks.
The series was met with critical acclaim, and is considered to be a cult television show. Early previews called it "promising" and noted it had "the sniff of a cult favourite"; Jane Simon of The Daily Mirror claimed that Peep Show in years to come will "be seen as the pinnacle of comedy it obviously is." Peep Show won the titles "The Best Returning British TV Sitcom 2007" and "Comedy of the Year 2008" in The Comedy.co.uk Awards.
Ricky Gervais has been cited as saying "the last thing I got genuinely excited about on British TV was Peep Show, which I thought was the best sitcom since Father Ted". While presenting an award at the 2005 British Comedy Awards, Gervais called it "the best show on television today" and said it was a "debacle" that it did not win an award.
In 2019, Peep Show was named the 13th greatest British sitcom of all time in a poll by Radio Times. In the same year, The Guardian ranked it 9th on its list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century. In 2021, the BBC ranked it 42nd on a list of the 100 greatest TV series of the 21st century.
Despite the critical acclaim, Peep Show never garnered consistently high viewing figures. At the beginning of 2006 there were rumours that the show would not be commissioned for a fourth series due to insufficient ratings of just over a million viewers. However, due to the large DVD revenues of the previous series, a fourth series was commissioned. The premiere of the fourth series showed no improvement on the ratings of the previous one, continuing to attract its core audience of 1.3 million (8% of viewers). Despite the low viewing figures, the fifth series of the show was commissioned prior to the broadcast of series 4. Channel 4's decision to commission the show for a fifth series was said to be for a variety of reasons, including again the high DVD sales of the previous series (400,000 to date), the continued high quality of the show itself, and the rising profile of Mitchell and Webb due to the success of their BBC sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look, their advertisements for Apple, and their feature film Magicians. The fifth series showed no improvement with 1.1 million viewers. Producer Andrew O'Connor cited the POV filming style as the reason for the low ratings: "It made it feel original and fresh and got it commissioned for a second series, but it stopped it from being a breakout hit and stopped it finding a bigger audience." Bain and Armstrong agreed that the POV style stopped it from becoming mainstream.
A book entitled Peep Show: The Scripts and More, which featured the scripts of every episode from the first five series as well as an introduction from Mitchell and Webb, was released in 2008. To celebrate the show, Channel 4 aired a Peep Show Night on Christmas Eve in 2010, which included the documentary Peep Show and Tell and the fan-selected episodes "Wedding" (s4 e6) and "Shrooming" (s3 e3).
The gimmick has another effect. If the show draws us into collusion with Mark and Jeremy by giving us access to their thoughts, it also excludes us from the thoughts of everybody else. This is fine in most other shows, where the motives of secondary characters are either portrayed in separate scenes or otherwise as mysterious to us as those of the theoretically more relatable protagonists, but in Peep Show the total silence of other minds breeds suspicion. We are accustomed to knowing precisely where Mark and Jeremy are coming from. We know their motives, their secret plans and thoughts. We do not know the same of anybody else. Thus everyone becomes suspicious. Enemies, of course; rival co-workers, certainly. But even love interests and friends, while apparently on our side, can never quite be trusted. Everyone is at least slightly dangerous. Everyone is potentially duplicitous.
In the British comedy series PEEP SHOW, twentysomething buddies Jeremy (Robert Webb) and Mark (David Mitchell) struggle through the uncertainties of life and romantic relationships. Adding a twist to the show's well-worn \"odd couple\" plot, viewers can hear not just characters' dialogue, but also the guys' inner thoughts, which offer glimpses into their intentions and insecurities. When wannabe music star Jeremy gets the boot from his girlfriend, he calls on old friend Mark for a place to stay. But Mark soon realizes that on the job front, Jeremy's big dreams rarely translate into action -- instead, he spends most of his time plotting his next move on their attractive neighbor, Toni (Elizabeth Marmur). Type-A Mark, meanwhile, spends lots of time at his job as a loan officer, but he's often distracted by his crush on outgoing co-worker Sophie (Olivia Coleman).
Families can talk about romantic relationships. What factors are important in helping a relationship succeed? How should people show their affection for one another? Why is it important for people to establish a friendship before moving on to romantic involvement? Teens, how do you handle the pressures of relationships? Parents can take the opportunity to reiterate their rules about dating for teens.
Sophie has a different hairstyle or colour in almost every series, but the hairstyles are never particularly outrageous. In Series 1, Sophie is shown having shoulder-length, curly highlighted hair. In Series 2, Sophie has straightened, dark brown hair. In Series 3, Sophie has curly hair again, but it is still dark brown, and she now has a fringe. In Series 4, Sophie has dark curly hair without the straight-across bangs. In Series 5, Sophie's hair is very dark, longer, and wavy, without a fringe. In Series 6 and Series 7, Sophie has light brown hair cut very short.
It's No YOLK! Only Peeps! Come celebrate a 100 years of Peeps! Free Family Fun! Games! Prizes! Displays! Samples! So Much More! A FREE to the public Peep Show staring bunnies and chicks with special appearances by black cats, snowmen, hearts and company will take place at the NEW Main Downtown Riverside Library on April 1st 2023 from Noon to 4PM sponsored by DragonMarsh and the Riverside Downtown Partnership. The 14th production of the DragonMarsh Peep show will include games such as peep ring toss, peep contests and "peep tac toe". Children of all ages are invited to sing along with the peeps, and enter the peep calling contest. By popular demand many peep displays will return including melted peeps, peep jousting, the peep museum and peep autopsy. Spin the prize wheel for peep prizes! Come see the petrified ancient Peep! Make an entry for the Best Dressed Peep Contest! Take a picture as your favorite Peep! Try Peep snacks! Quiz yourself on peep fun facts and receive peep recipes for use at home. The event was started when the owner of DragonMarsh, Mora Blackmarsh, realized she had amassed possibly the largest peep collection. Some of her collection was over 5 years old. While talking to customers she realized that everyone had a strong opinion about the peeps. They hated or loved them. Some liked them fresh, some stale. Some liked the pink ones best. Some hated them all and liked to torture the marshmallow treat. Through countless hours research (and many calories) the Peep Show was born...er hatched. Her Daughter Morigianna has taken up the Marshmallow mantle and continues the collection and show with even MORE Peeps! 041b061a72