My top ten British sitcoms – number six

At number six is the only sitcom on my list that is still being made.

Number six – Peep Show

Peep Show follows the lives of two men who live together in a flat. Mark Corrigan is a loan manager at a credit firm, Jeremy Usbourne is a failed and deluded musician. Whilst both Mark and Jeremy could not be more different in terms of personality, with each pitying the other for being so pathetic, they do (in a strange sense) rely on each other. Jeremy needs Mark for money and a roof, Marks needs Jeremy to maintain some semblance or normality.

To date, there have been seven series (and counting) of peep show. Despite the quantity, there is still quality here. Indeed, unlike most British comedies, the fact that Peep Show has run for so long has allowed the plot and the characters to develop over time. Another unique feature of the show is the point-of-view camera angles often employed. This is far from a gimmick however. It allows the two main characters to share their thoughts with the viewer. Therefore, whilst the various situations Mark and Jeremy get themselves into seem absurd from the outside, from their perspective, they often seem only too real.

You can watch all seven series of Peep Show on 4oD or on the official YouTube channel.

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6 thoughts on “My top ten British sitcoms – number six

      • It’s an old show, Michael, so I guess I’m not too surprised you haven’t heard of it. It was originally a Neil Simon play produced on Broadway in 1964. Then in 1968, it came out as a movie starring Jack Lemmon as the clean freak and Walter Matthau as the slob, two roommates who shared the same apartment. The story revolved around the many hilarious disputes between the two men over their different styles of housekeeping.

        It was so popular that a TV sitcom series was created which ran from 1970 to 1975, starring Tony Randall as the clean freak and Jack Klugman as the slob.

        There were many more productions of it and similar shows, some of which ended up in London more recently to my surprise. If you want the full story of The Odd Couple, click on the link.

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