Peep Show creator says gender-swap version of cult sitcom in development

Carla Harmon
May 28, 2019

Over the course of its nine-series run, Peep Show continually produced some of the best comedy on television, showcasing the unbreakable yet highly destructive relationship between two best friends and their miserable, mundane lives. The series, which ran for nine seasons on Channel 4, is getting a gender role reversal with the two leads - played by David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the United Kingdom original - set to be played by women. Only this time they'll be flipping the gender script by having it anchored by a pair of female leads.

In that time, US TV networks have made three other attempts at remaking the show: Starz made the most recent attempt back in 2016 with no success.

This will be the cult comedy's fourth USA adaptation attempt, following Fox, Spike and Starz, in 2005, 2008 and 2016, respectively. Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain is in talks with FX about a USA remake written by Karey Dornetto (Community, Portlandia), news that was revealed when he penned an op-ed for The Guardian about the necessity of diversity in film and television over the weekend.

Take this as a warning: It's bad.

Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain has revealed that an American version of the BAFTA-winning United Kingdom sitcom is being developed in which the gender of the two main characters will be flipped from male to female.

"People sometimes ask if I look at my earlier work differently now", he said.

A female-led remake of the cult British sitcom Peep Show is in development, but fans on social media think it's a bad idea.

American TV network FX is developing a female-led version of Peep Show.

There's obviously no word on what the show would end up looking like or who would fill lead roles at this stage.

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