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Witty, brilliantly-scripted, great characters...kicks arse!
on 26 March 2006
I have only seen the first four episodes of this series on DVD (I saw them in one sitting last night in fact), and I have seen series 3 but not the first series; however, I can say without fear of overreaching that this is the best thing since sliced bread - even if you take into account different types e.g. wholemeal, crusty, baguettes etc.
The novel feature about this comedy is that we have access to the thoughts of the two leading protagonists and such thoughts tend to be in conflict with what they actually verbalise. Aside from this novel feature,
the comedy works because it very well scripted. It's actually a very clever idea: two late 20s/early 30 yr olds living together, diametrically opposed personalities - so that most in this age bracket can relate to at least one or the other - and ostensibly different characters except that their Machiavellian motivations and thoughts are revealed to us and we appreciate that the core of their being is essentially that of any human - self-serving and cynical.
Yes, this comedy series brings unbridled cynicism of the human condition to the fore and delivers witticisms in a manner unseen on these isles since the good old fashioned Shakespearean 'aside'.
I think this series is arguably better than the third. The discovery that Mark's new friend is a Nazi; Jez and Mark's desperate attempts to impress their new prospective girlfriends by sharing a hippy-love spin-the-bottle induced snog; Mark's stalking of a Dartmouth Uni student bird and subsequent failure to pull her.
All the characters are strong and very well performed and not just the two central characters. Sophie is a very believeable and well acted part, for example, Super Hans is a fine creation, too.
Ultimately, it's comforting to know that great British comedy does exist, after years in the doldrums. I was always a big fan of 'niche' comedy shows like "The Mary Whitehouse Experience" and "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" from the more 'surrealist' comedy era, and also the more well known "Blackadder". A new era of comedic 'realism' has swept the nation, from "The Day Today" and Alan Partridge, to "The Office" and now "Peep Show". I suspect that "Peep Show" will fail to get the recognition it deserves but as a testament to its cult support it has had three series released at least. May there be many more.