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Peep Show is getting an American remake

Jake Massey

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Peep Show is getting an American remake

Peep Show is being rebooted in the US - again.

The Channel 4 sitcom ran from 2003 until 2015, amassing a cult following who venerate it as one of the very best things to ever come out of Britain.

But while some things works just as well either side of The Pond, such as The Office and hot dogs, other things don't translate so well - like guns and Peep Show.

Peep Show is getting a US reboot. Credit: Channel 4
Peep Show is getting a US reboot. Credit: Channel 4

There have been numerous doomed attempts to recreate Peep Show in the US (one pilot was so bad it managed to inadvertently make viewers more uncomfortable than the original), but now they're gonna have a fifth stab at it.

Unlike the aforementioned horrendous pilot, the new pilot isn't going to try and accomplish the impossible task of directly emulating Peep Show; rather, it will 'take inspiration' from it.

It's being written by Stefani Robinson - who has worked on Atlanta and What We Do In The Shadows - while original writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain will serve as executive producers.

According to the official series logline, the new version 'takes inspiration from the original UK series and its unique narrative format'.


"It follows the relationship between a long-suffering assistant and her boss, an emotionally unstable tech entrepreneur," the logline continues.

If you're a fan of the show, you'll know that premise is quite the departure from the original, which centres around the relationship between flatmates Mark Corrigan (David Mitchell) and Jeremy Usbourne (Robert Webb).

The pair struggle professionally, romantically, socially... in just about every way, in fact. They're like lead weights dragging each other down.


The show is filmed with point of view shots - which made it really difficult to make but which really embeds you into the warped perspectives of Mark and Jez.

This distinctive way it is filmed is often considered the standout feature of the show, but arguably the voiceover internal monologues was the real masterstroke.

The device brings countless laughs across the nine series, as we observe the contrast between how Mark and Jez outwardly act and what they internally think.

For now though, all we can do is wait and see if this latest reboot attempt can fare any better than those before it. Chance would be a fine thing.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film

Jake Massey
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