01 March, 2006

C4 keeps faith in Peep Show

C4 keeps faith in Peep Show
Dan Wootton


Channel 4 has recommissioned low-rating Friday night comedies Peep Show and The IT Crowd.

The future of Peep Show had been hanging in the balance since the third series of the comedy dropped to an average of just 1.3 million (6%) viewers, despite an extensive marketing campaign.

C4 sources said director of television Kevin Lygo wanted to secure its stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb for a sketch show. However the duo will now return for another 6 x 30-minutes series of the sitcom.

It is unclear when the fourth series, made by Objective Productions, will go into production or be scheduled.

C4 head of comedy Caroline Leddy has also green lit a further 8 x 30-minute episodes of new Talkback Thames Friday night comedy The IT Crowd, which will air next year.

The main cast will return, along with series producer Ash Atalla (The Office).

The series debuted on 3 February at 9pm with an unremarkable 1.8 million (7.5%) viewers. But C4 said the average weekly audience is 2.6 million, including a Saturday night repeat.

Source: broadcastnow.co.uk

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No sooner had I commented in my blog that it was wrong for Peep Show to be cancelled, then Channel 4 have backtracked. Putting modesty aside, I take full credit.

I'm also glad The IT Crowd has been renewed as it is nicely structured with great characters and premise although the lack of consistent funny is a problem. That may simply be solved by us getting to know the characters more.


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