With very few exceptions (and apart from establishing shots of locations at the beginning of scenes) every shot is from a character's point of view (as if the viewer is seeing things through their eyes). Also, every single scene features either Mark or Jeremy, if not both.
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Super Hans was originally written with Danny Dyer in mind. Russell Brand also auditioned for the part and Jake Wood was one of the final three before Matt King was cast.
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In an interview for The Culture Show (2004) Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain said that two of the main inspirations for Peep Show were the scene in Annie Hall (1977) where Alvy and Annie are talking and their real thoughts are shown as subtitles, and also the documentary Being Caprice (2000) (which in turn was inspired by Being John Malkovich (1999)), which used a POV style of filming that they thought was an arresting technique which would go well with the inner thoughts/voice-overs of Mark and Jeremy. They also cited Danny in Withnail & I (1987) as an inspiration for the quirky, drug-addled Super Hans (also the dynamic of an even weirder third character alongside a double act).
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Jeremy and Super Hans constantly change the name of their band from episode to episode. In Peep Show: The Interview (2003) Super Hans says it's called The Hair Blair Bunch or Spunk Bubble, Jeremy says it's Momma's Kumquat, in Peep Show: University Challenge (2004) it's Coming Up For Blair, in Peep Show: Holiday (2007) it's Various Artists ("to fuck over people with iPods") and in Peep Show: Jeremy's Manager (2008) it's Curse These Metal Hands. In Peep Show: Man Jam (2010), they join a band called Man Feelings. Jeremy gets kicked out of it but when he gets a job working for Ben's website he promises to get them featured on it on the condition they change their name to Danny Dyer's Chocolate Homunculus. In Peep Show: Jeremy Therapised (2012) Super Hans decide to officially end the band but neither of them can remember what it's called, Jeremy guesses it's 13 Bastards.
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Other influences were the American comic "Hate" and Seinfeld (1989) (Bain has said "There's probably a bit of George Costanza's DNA in Mark Corrigan")
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The theme song from Peep Show is "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. This song appears from the second series and following series.
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The actors sometimes wear 'camera helmets' to get close-ups and actions that can't be done with a normal camera.
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Throughout the series, Mark has a large, modern flatscreen television in his lounge (although different models have been used), however a 2009 Guardian interview with David Mitchell, which was held in his flat, revealed that his own television was an old, long-obsolete model which couldn't even show teletext. Mitchell said he felt a certain pride in that it still worked fine and that "fear of change, laziness and business" was the reason he hadn't upgraded his home and its contents to something more befitting of his success as a comedian.
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In the first two series, the flat scenes were filmed in a real flat in Zodiac Court, Croydon (renamed as Apollo House in the show). However before series 3 began shooting the owners of the flat demanded more money and the producers decided to film the flat scenes in a studio with a set replicating the flat interior. Since then this is how the flat scenes have been filmed, with exterior shots of Zodiac Court tower block used as inserts between scenes. The studio for series 3 and 4 was a former carpet warehouse in Neasden, for series 5 and 6 a disused army barracks in Mill Hill was used and series 7 was filmed in the former studio of the now-cancelled The Bill (1984) in Merton.
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'Peep Show' was originally set to be called 'POV', after the show's Point-of-view perspective. The idea however was scrapped as writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain felt that the title would make the show sound 'too gimmicky'.
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Like Mark and Jeremy, comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Mitchell and Webb) met at university. Although they went to Cambridge, Mark and Jeremy went to the fictional (and probably much less prestigious) University of Dartmouth.
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In S1 E3 "on the pull" when Mark is at the Lazerbowl you can hear the track "Flagpole sitta" by Harvey Danger which becomes the theme for peep show from S2 onwards.
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The camouflage jacket that Jeremy wears throughout the series is a US military design.
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During series 3 the advert cut outs were labelled 'end of part one' and 'part two' this technique was not used throughout the remaining course of the series.
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