The writers of every good Brittish comedy series in recent years (Black Books, The Office, Spaced) have not dared to venture into the dangerous teritory of a fourth series. It's around this time that ideas begin to run dry, the characters show their limitations and the whole show is a shadow of it's former glory. NOT Peep Show however! Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, with more than a little assistance from the brilliant Mitchell & Webb, have created another excrutiating series of pain and humiliation. And it's hilarious!
The main arc of series 4 is Mark's imminant wedding to the lovely, soft-faced Sophie and his crippling, crippling doubts. The first episode sees Mark and Jez visiting Sophie's parents; with the groom-to-be agonising over conversation with dad, and Jeremy keeping both brother (played by lead singer of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong) and mother company, in rather, ahem, different ways. Barn burning, finger sucking and pheasant decapitation ensues, and it's a fantastic start to possibly the best series yet. Each series has been better than the last, and series 1 was bloody brilliant!
If you caught the Peep Show bug back in the early days then, like me, you've probably worn out the video you recorded all the episodes on when they aired and now need something rather more perminant. However if you're new to the show and browsing Amazon for inspiration, then I'd reccomend beginning with the series 1-3 boxset. It's possible to dive straight into series 4 however it's probably more satisfying and rewarding to follow the saga of mysery that is the life of Mark and Jeremy right from the start. It's impossible to describe how funny this show is, you've just got to watch it! They apparently commisioned a fifth series even before this one aired, and I for one can't wait for the continuing adventures of our favourite "tight-fisted c*ck-muncher" and "work-shy freeloader"!