Did we like it?
Like the rest of this series, this final episode lacked the integrity and inventiveness of the first three runs and was more like a run-of-the-mill sitcom.
What was good about it?
• David Mitchell brilliantly conveyed the horror of heading headlong into a marriage he didn’t want. Mark was so desperate to pull out that he tried to make a fuss of the Jeremy-Sophie snog (“I am angry but also incredibly relieved. It’s difficult to express both emotions at once”) but his resolve to create a relationship-ending row fell to pieces.
• We thought we were heading for an obvious ending: Sophie dumping Mark who’d have to be secretly relieved. But writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain came up with a better twist, with both Mark and Sophie shedding anguished tears as they were forced to go through with the wedding vows.
• Mark’s regret. “If only New Labour hadn’t abolished the tax advantages I’d have something positive to cling on to right now.”
What was bad about it?
• Super Hans puking in Mark’s top hat and shoes; Jeremy wetting himself and Nancy almost eating a melon that had contained an erect penis the night before were all funny gags. But we expect more from Peep Show. We love it for its intelligent inner-turmoil humour, and think it should steer clear from farce. Leave that to BBC1’s Friday night “sitcoms”.