Peep Show

Series 8 - 2. Business Secrets of the Pharaohs

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

So much derision flows between Croydon-based flat mates Jez (Robert Webb) and Mark (David Mitchell), it’s easy to forget that underneath it they need one another in a terrible, attraction-of-opposites kind of way.
They’re forever in a sort of losers’ arm-wrestling match, competing to belittle each other into oblivion, then occasionally one will save the other from disaster. It’s almost heart-warming, or as near as this marvellously bitter series gets.

Tonight, the pair are both on new career paths: Mark’s book Business Secrets of the Pharaohs has found a publisher, while Jez is learning to be a life coach (a whole week’s intensive training).

Naturally, Mark is scathing about Jez’s new calling: “I suppose it’s better than some of your job ideas, like becoming an admiral,” he sneers, but by the end he may just have softened.

About this programme

2/6. Mark feels the need to impress Dobby and gets a lucky break when his book Business Secrets of the Pharaohs is accepted by a publisher. Jeremy enrols on a life-coaching course, but things become complicated when he sleeps with his tutor. Comedy, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mark
David Mitchell
Jeremy
Robert Webb
Dobby
Isy Suttie
Super Hans
Matt King
Celia
Nadia Cameron-Blakey
Greg
Tim Downie
Abby O'Neil
Patrick Kennedy
Simon
Mat Baynton
Trish
Charlie Covell
Waitress
Rakhee Thakrar

Crew

Director
Becky Martin
Producer
Phil Clarke
Writer
Jesse Armstrong
Writer
Sam Bain
Categories
Comedy