Eight years of Peep Show. That's a lot of years for a sitcom, and we all So want it to be great. This year certainly starts brightly, with a great opening episode, so there was hope that the pattern of alternating years - Series 5 (iffy), Series 6 (great), Series 7(iffy), Series 8 (?) - would continue. Unfortunately, the two central performances are now hopelessly mannered, and the need to be both funny and edgy results in jokes that provoke a sigh instead of a laugh.
No Sophie this year, only a bit of Gerard, and a lot of Dobbie. Jeremy decides that he is in love with her. Do you buy that? No, me neither. Further competition for her affection is provided by ex-boyfriend Simon, notably in a paintballing-themed episode (would they really do that without masks?) which is one of the two properly enjoyable ones. The other four are a bit, meh.
One problem: there just is NO sexual frisson about Mark & Dobbie. The body language is non-existent. Zero affection.
I've said it before. If the characters don't develop, audience sympathy goes into decline. Need to check just how many years Men Behaving Badly ran for, the show that Peep Show most obviously imitates. I seem to recall Gary & Tony & Deb & Dorothy were full of life and warmth and humanity, qualities Peep Show now desperately needs if the writers really intend to carry on scraping.