Peep Show female-led spin-off was considered, reveals Dobby actress Isy Suttie

Suttie went so far as to perform read-throughs with other actors.

Isy Suttie plays Dobby in Channel 4's Peep Show

Peep Show star Isy Suttie has revealed that a female-led spin-off of the sitcom was once considered, revolving around her character Dobby.

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The actress and comedian said that Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, who created the popular series, had even written some scripts for the potential spin-off – with Suttie going so far as to perform read-throughs with other actors, including comedian Josie Long.

Speaking to The British Comedy Guide, Sutie explained, “I went into Objective who made Peep Show, and we spent a day with me doing chemistry reads with different actresses using a couple of short scenes Sam and Jesse had written.

“Then for whatever reason they didn’t develop it further, as happens with a lot of TV!”

After making her debut in series five, Dobby became a hugely popular character on the series for the remainder of its run, serving as a love interest for David Mitchell’s character Mark Corrigan before leaving for New York in series eight.

Rumours about a female-led spin-off had first circulated in 2008, with reports at the time suggesting that Channel 4 wanted to do a show based on Dobby and her best friend due to demand from young female viewers.

And there could still be a female-led Peep Show series in the future – a remake with two female leads is currently being developed in the US for the channel FX, with a script written by Portlandia scribe Karey Dornetto.

However, there’s no certainty that this project will successfully make it to the small screen – it is the fourth time that a US version of the series has been in development, and so far none of them have received a series order.

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