It’s been 12 years since the first episode of Peep Show aired.
And dysfunctional duo Mark Corrigan and Jeremy “Jez” Usborne, played by David Mitchell and Robert Webb respectively, have gone from a couple of twenty-something room-mates struggling to cope with day-to-day life, to a couple of middle-aged room-mates struggling to... Well, you get the gist.
“I don’t think they’ve changed at all,” admits 41-year-old Mitchell. ”If we were to start growing, we would lose the situation that’s quite funny.”
From the show’s point-of-view camera shots, to its cynical voice-overs, writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong have created a cult classic that more than warrants being the longest-running comedy in Channel 4 history – but this series is set to be the last.
While both Mitchell and Webb are happily married family men in real life, the same can’t be said for their characters.
Despite being married at least once each, and Mark fathering a child with Sophie, their love lives are all but plain sailing.
While there are no plans for a 10th series at the moment, Jesse Armstrong admits he’d love to revisit the duo in 10 years time in a different show.
Peep Show, Channel 4, Wednesday, 9pm.