This might be my most heartbreaking interview ever. Maybe even more heartbreaking than the one in which Keith Richards expressed a fondness for James Bay.
The premise seemed simple enough. With the final series of Peep Show due to air next week, we asked you, the readers, to tweet us with your favourite ever bits from the preceding eight series of perhaps the most original and acerbically brilliant British sitcom of all time with the intention of getting David Mitchell and Robert Webb – or Mark and Jeremy – to whittle down a very long list into a definitive top 10 Peep Show moments.
“I watched a lot of the earlier ones again in the run-up to this,” Mitchell says. “Initially as a kind of homework, but then I got into it. Some episodes, I’d completely forgotten: like the one with the caravan trashing [where Mark smashes Jez’s manager’s crystal skull] or the one with the wallet [where Jez drops Mark’s wallet out of the car at a safari park].”
This is the problem. The more moments we discuss, the more also-brilliant, often-even-better moments spring to mind. Seven Super Hans ones come to light, and plenty for other supporting characters (“That Johnson moment,” says Webb, “when he goes, ‘Fuck a chicken if that’s what it takes. I’m serious.’”). It’s making today’s narrowing-down process hard. So begins the heartbreaking part: watching as inarguably classic Peep Show moments are culled from the list. In retrospect, we should have gone for a top 20…
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