Peep Show 'could run forever'

No plans to end hit sitcom

The writers and stars of Peep Show say they want to keep making the sitcom for as long as possible.

Bucking the current trend for comedies to run for only a couple of series, David Mitchell and Robert Webb – as well as creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – say they have no intention of bringing the programme to an end.

They said it would be stupid to abandon the comedy – which starts its fifth series on Channel 4 on May 2 – as it has proved so successful.

Webb said: ‘We would like to keep going for as long as we possibly can because it's rare to find something that works like this.

‘There's lots of ideas for sitcoms but not many of them work. We've always wanted to keep going.’

Mitchell added: ‘I think it’s a lot harder to come up with an idea for a sitcom that works than keep one going.

‘Also look at people's careers. No one has done eight great sitcoms. The great people have two or three, most people have done none. When you've got something that works, use it, or you'll regret.’

And Armstrong said: ‘Sitcoms are naturally designed to run for ever, the characters never change, so it seems odd that there's a thing where you stop after a couple of series.’

Click here to watch preview clips of the new series.

Published: 25 Apr 2008

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