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Peep Show Headed For Gender Swapped US Remake

Peep Show Headed For Gender Swapped US Remake

Some things need to be left in the past

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

As the old Chinese proverb goes: 'People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can't trust people', and that's exactly why the thought of Peep Show getting a US remake sends shivers down the spine.

It's happened before and it turns out that nobody so far has proven themselves capable of being trusted with such a precious piece of work.

Fox gave it ago in 2006 with this awful rendition, featuring a pre-Big Bang Johnny Galecki. Watch the pilot for it below - nobody in the office could get more than three minutes in, so good luck...

Then, in 2006, Spike tried - and failed - to remake it. And now, FX are giving it a shot, with a script in development with the network as we speak.

Co-creator of the cult British comedy, Sam Bain, actually dropped the news himself in an essay he wrote for The Guardian.

He said: "People sometimes ask if I look at my earlier work differently now - whether my shows would have been better if they had been more diverse. What would Peep Show have been like with women as the two leads?

"It's a great question - and it's one I'll shortly have the answer to, because there is a script in development for a U.S. Peep Show with two female leads. It's at FX Networks and it will be written by top comedy brain Karey Dornetto.

"Ultimately, the best way of building gender inclusivity into scripts is to get women to write them. I can't wait to find out what sick and twisted bullshit goes on inside the minds of a pair of female losers."

It's not confirmed whether Super Hans will be male or female.
Channel 4

So there we have it, straight from the (human) horse's mouth.

Peep Show was on telly between 2003 and 2015 - the longest running comedy on Channel 4. It followed the lives of Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell), who is a socially awkward bank worker, and Jeremy Usborne (Robert Webb), who is an unemployed musician and a bit of a degenerate.

They're often joined by Super Hans, a drug loving, delusional weirdo who is usually at the root of Jez's more dangerous escapades.

The pair live in a small flat in London and are joined on screen by Oscar winner Olivia Coleman.

Apart from Bains' Guardian essay, there is no other information available on the adaptation, and given that it's still only at script writing stage, it's not likely to be surfacing any time soon.

Maybe a woman's touch is what the remake needs?

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film