Peep Show, the hit British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, is set to be remade with female lead actors.
The series, predominantly written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, proved to be a roaring success as it became the longest-running comedy in Channel 4 history.
The show’s cult following tuned in to watch the antics of the “El Dude Brothers”, Mark Corrigan and Jeremy ‘Jez’ Usborne as they lived their two very different, dysfunctional lives alongside each other in a flat in Croydon, London.
For years during its boom, the idea of creating an American version was debated between writers and producers. The issue, of course, was that the very specific and niche British humour would not translate to a US audience. However, on the back of major commercial success of The Office following their transition in the States, Peep Show writer Sam Bain has revealed plans to try something new with his show.
Bain, writing an essay for the Guardian on the importance of diversity in comedy, wrote that “the best way of building gender inclusivity into scripts is to get women to write them.” Bain then posed the question: “What would Peep Show have been like with women as the two leads?” Subtly dropping in his thoughts, Bain answered: “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 US Peep Show with two female leads.”
He added: “It’s at FX Networks and it will be written by top comedy brain Karey Dornetto.” Dornetto famously wrote the script for popular US shows Portlandia and Superstore.
Can’t wait to see who they as Big Suze, Johnson and Super Hans.