List of Peep Show episodes

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The Peep Show Series One to Seven DVD Boxed set. This contains the first 42 episodes from the seven series broadcast.

Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. It is broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain,[1] the series explores the lives of Mark Corrigan (Mitchell) and Jeremy "Jez" Usbourne (Webb). It is filmed almost entirely from the physical points-of-view of the characters, and viewers can hear the interior monologues of Mark and Jez.[1]

At the beginning of the series, Mark has a crush on his colleague Sophie (Olivia Colman), and Jez hopes to break through into the music business. As the series progresses, it becomes clear that Jez is unlikely to be successful. Jez falls in love with Nancy (Rachel Blanchard), an American Christian, and they get married, but mainly to get Nancy a visa. Mark begins to question his love for Sophie. They also marry, though Mark does not want to, and Sophie leaves Mark right after the wedding ceremony.[2]

The first series began on 19 September 2003,[3] and the ninth and last series started on 11 November 2015.[4] The first series was directed by Jeremy Wooding, the second and third by Tristram Shapeero and the fourth through ninth by Becky Martin.[5] Channel 4 was planning to cancel the show after the third series because of poor viewing figures. However, high sales of DVDs encouraged Channel 4 to allow the series to continue, with the fifth series commissioned before the fourth was broadcast.[6] A sixth series was commissioned during the fifth series,[7] and the seventh series before the sixth was broadcast.[8]

Peep Show has won the Rose d'Or for "Best European Sitcom" in 2004, "Best TV Comedy" at the British Comedy Awards in 2006 and 2007,[1] "Best Television Comedy Actor" for Mitchell in the 2007 British Comedy Awards,[9] "Best Returning British Sitcom of 2007" by the British Sitcom Guide (now the British Comedy Guide),[10] the "Comedy performance" award for both Mitchell and Webb in the 2007 Royal Television Society awards,[11] "Comedy of the Year 2008" by the British Comedy Guide,[12] writers Bain and Armstrong won the "Writer - Comedy" award in the 2009 Royal Television Society awards,[13] and Mitchell winning the BAFTA Television Award 2009 for "Best comedy performance".[14]

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 19 September 2003 (2003-09-19) 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
2 6 12 November 2004 (2004-11-12) 17 December 2004 (2004-12-17)
3 6 11 November 2005 (2005-11-11) 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
4 6 13 April 2007 (2007-04-13) 18 May 2007 (2007-05-18)
5 6 2 May 2008 (2008-05-02) 6 June 2008 (2008-06-06)
6 6 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18) 23 October 2009 (2009-10-23)
7 6 26 November 2010 (2010-11-26) 29 December 2010 (2010-12-29)
8 6 25 November 2012 (2012-11-25) 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
9 6 11 November 2015 (2015-11-11) 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)


Series 1 (2003)

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Warring Factions" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 19 September 2003 (2003-09-19)
We are introduced to twentysomething Croydon flatmates Mark: a history-loving office worker who has a crush on his colleague Sophie - and Jez: a lazy, unemployed, would-be musician who leeches off him. The two men are competing to try to become their unhappily married next-door neighbour Toni's fuck buddy. We follow them to a party at Toni's, at which Mark fails in his attempt to seduce her. Meanwhile, Jez meets her sister - whom he erroneously believes has leukaemia. Mark and Jez are told by Toni's husband, Tony, to leave. The next day, Mark picks up a metal pole that was discarded in the street and chases away a group of kids who'd been harassing him in the street during the previous night. First appearances of Mark, Jeremy, Sophie, Super Hans and Toni.[3][15]
2 2 "The Interview" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 26 September 2003 (2003-09-26)
Toni tries to involve Jez in pyramid selling. Mark tries to get Jez a job at his workplace, JLB Credit - but Jez is determined not to become employed - so he deliberately gives a bad impression of himself at his interview. Meanwhile, Mark continues his attempts to woo Sophie, who is in a relationship with their colleague Jeff. First appearance of Jeff.[16][17]
3 3 "On the Pull" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 3 October 2003 (2003-10-03)
Mark accompanies Jez to a 'wicked' party, where Mark strikes up a rapport with a teenage goth, Valerie. When all three decide to move on to a bowling alley, Jez insists on coming and gets Toni to join them. At the alley, they encounter Sophie as well as Mark's rival, Jeff, who is on a date with her. Mark has sex with Valerie and Jez has sex with Toni - who is splitting from Tony.[18][19]
4 4 "Mark Makes a Friend" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 10 October 2003 (2003-10-10)
Mark questions his sexuality when he becomes infatuated with his boss, charismatic loan manager Alan Johnson, who asks him to join him on a business venture. After watching gay porn, Mark decides that he doesn't want to have sex with Johnson. Jez tries to remember "the bad thing" that he did with Super Hans whilst they were on a drug binge together, which turns out to have been fellatio. First appearance of Alan Johnson.[20][21]
5 5 "Dream Job" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 17 October 2003 (2003-10-17)
Mark requires therapy after he urinates in an office drawer in reaction to being passed over for a promotion which is instead given to Sophie. Jez's plan to impress Toni with his new job at a music studio where Super Hans works backfires when she becomes attracted to Super Hans. Inspired by the plot of the film Strangers on a Train, Jez and Mark plot to take revenge on Sophie and Super Hans.[22][23]
6 6 "Funeral" Jeremy Wooding Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Jez's Uncle Ray becomes terminally ill and is moved into a hospice. Jez and Mark visit him, and soon afterwards Ray dies. Mark invites Sophie to his funeral and she agrees to go away with him for a weekend in the countryside, but Mark's enthusiasm is dampened when Jez learns Ray's illness is hereditary. Jez makes a move on Sophie, but she decides she wants to have sex with Mark. Sophie and Mark are interrupted when they think that Jez has taken an overdose. Jez falsely claims to Toni that he has inherited the same terminal illness as Ray in order to gain a sympathy handjob from her.[24][25]

Series 2 (2004)

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7 1 "Dance Class" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 12 November 2004 (2004-11-12)
Tony has moved back in with Toni; Jez is jealous and tells her that he loves her. Mark and Jez to go to Sophie's dance class ("Rainbow Rhythms"), where Jez meets Nancy, a beautiful American hippie. The two begin a taboo-breaking sexual relationship, involving anal sex and Jez blacking up. To Mark and Sophie's chagrin, they join Mark and Sophie for a debauched weekend at fellow class member Gwyn's countryside house - where they skinny-dip in a lake and play spin the bottle. First appearance of Nancy.[26][27]
8 2 "Jeremy Makes It" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 19 November 2004 (2004-11-19)
Super Hans develops a crack habit. Jez bumps into an old schoolmate, Gog, who is looking for musicians for an advert he is working on. Mark becomes friends with new work colleague, Daryl, but realises Daryl is a racist and ends the friendship. After failing to produce an acceptable soundtrack for Gog, Jez and Super Hans attempt to extort the rest of their commission.[28][29]
9 3 "Local Zero" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 26 November 2004 (2004-11-26)
Mark's chances of attending a business trip in Aberdeen with Sophie are jeopardised when he is filmed drinking beer in a park in a news report about nuisance drinkers while spying on Sophie and Jeff. Johnson makes Mark go to an alcoholics support group. Meanwhile, Jez joins Nancy as she does part-time volunteer work with the homeless. She decides to make her relationship with Jez celibate and he grows paranoid that she is having sex with a homeless man called Nim whom she invites to move in with her temporarily. Jeremy invites him to stay at his and Mark's flat, to keep him away from Nancy - but Mark refuses to allow Nim to stay there.[30][31]
10 4 "University Challenge" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 3 December 2004 (2004-12-03)
Mark accompanies Jez, who is filling in with Super Hans in a band, to Dartmouth University. Mark is hoping to meet a shoe shop clerk called April (played by Catherine Shepherd), who has the "winning combination of beauty and low self-esteem". Jez misses out on the frontman spot when he gets caught shoplifting a chocolate bar, but Mark, pretending to be a mature student, is a success in April's Ancient History class. Mark and April go to a get-together at home of their professor (played by Peter Capaldi). She invites Mark back to her room on campus; they kiss, but she doesn't want sex.[32][33] First appearance of April.
11 5 "The Man Show" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 10 December 2004 (2004-12-10)
Sophie tells Mark that Jeff asked her to move in with him and that he doesn't want her to spend any time with Mark. He then attempts to pretend to make friends with Jeff. Mark falsely claims to have gone gay, so that Jeff will not see him as a rival for Sophie. However, he is supplanted by Jez, who becomes friends with Jeff. Mark finds out from Jeff that it's Sophie, not Jeff, who doesn't want Mark around her. Jez and Jeff go to a pub, and Jez tells Mark about how Jeff got off with a girl there. Sophie is upset about Jeff cheating on her and she goes to see Mark at Jez and Mark's flat - and is followed there by Jeff. Sophie leaves with Jeff.[34][35]
12 6 "Wedding" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 17 December 2004 (2004-12-17)
Nancy asks Jez to marry her so that she can stay in the UK, which he immediately and enthusiastically agrees to. After the wedding, Toni succeeds in persuading Jez to have sex with her. When Jez tells Nancy about his cheating, Nancy angrily leaves him. Meanwhile, Sophie tries to set Mark up with a friend of hers, but Mark still pines after Sophie - especially when she breaks up with Jeff "for good". Last appearance of Toni.[36][37]

Series 3 (2005)

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13 1 "Mugging" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 11 November 2005 (2005-11-11)
Jez is persuaded by his new girlfriend Michelle (played by Shelley Blond) to remain in a relationship with her when she offers him a threesome with a female acquaintance of hers - on the condition that Michelle pegs him afterwards. Big Suze returns with a new boyfriend, a former monk named Stu. Mark experiences a reduction in self-confidence after he is mugged in a subway by two youths. He buys a folding knife, which Sophie is horrified to see find that he's carrying on their cinema date. First appearance of Big Suze.[38][39]
14 2 "Sectioning" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 18 November 2005 (2005-11-18)
Mark and Jez's Canadian friend from university, Merry, (played by Meredith MacNeill) arrives at their flat and stays the night. Her mother died recently and she is suffering a manic episode, during which she sexually propositions Mark, but she declines her advances. She gives away to Jez and Super Hans the disused pub that she owns. However, Jez disagrees with Super Hans' proposed new name for the pub - Free the Paedos. Mark phones the NHS to have her sectioned shortly afterwards. Mark's relationship with Sophie is put under strain when she moves to Bristol for work.[40][41]
15 3 "Shrooming" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 25 November 2005 (2005-11-25)
Mark is due to attend a business trip in Frankfurt, so Jez invites Big Suze to a magic mushroom party at the flat. Sick with gastric flu, Mark comes home to find Hans having sex with a woman in his bed. Mark is drugged and locked in his room by Jez, who hopes to seduce Big Suze. A comedy of errors ensues, with Jez trying to keep Big Suze from noticing Mark and Mark desperate to break out to go to the toilet. Mark phones Johnson, who comes round and tells Jez to release Mark. Johnson sees that Mark is ill, so removes Mark from a project at work. Everyone except Mark and Jez leave the flat.[42][43]
16 4 "Sistering" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 2 December 2005 (2005-12-02)
Jez has casual sex with Mark's sister Sarah, while she is visiting after splitting from her husband. Mark develops feelings for Big Suze, but tries to hide these from Jez. Meanwhile Jez juggles pretending to be in love with Sarah whilst simultaneously attempting to worm his way back into Big Suze's affections. Sarah wants to stay at the flat, but then changes her mind and goes back to her husband. Jez is relieved at that, because he just wanted a fling and because she talks too much and is emotionally demanding. She briefly returns - to Jez's horror - so he walks out of the flat and asks Mark to tell her that their fling is over. Mark does so - and Sarah goes home. First appearance of Sarah.[44][45]
17 5 "Jurying" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 9 December 2005 (2005-12-09)
Jez is called up for jury service for a credit card fraud case and has a fling with the defendant, Carla. Johnson tells Mark he is not impressed with Sophie's recent attendance record or conduct and wishes him to discipline her, but Mark's loyalties are put to the test when Sophie comes to visit. This leads to Mark, Jez, Sophie, her friends and Carla going to a gay nightclub - where most of them take drugs.[46][47]
18 6 "Quantocking" Tristram Shapeero Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 16 December 2005 (2005-12-16)
Since their relationship is going badly, Mark decides to propose to Sophie, using his Sunday Times mega deal vouchers for a weekend break in the Quantocks. Jez invites Super Hans, who is going cold turkey, along, but regrets this decision when Big Suze asks to come down. whilst walking on the moors with Jez at night, Mark changes his mind about marrying Sophie. Mark and Jez disagree about which way to walk in order to get back to the hotel. Jez arrives back quickly, but Mark becomes lost. When Mark finally gets back to the hotel, Sophie tells him that she found an engagement ring in his bag and she accepts his proposal - even though he didn't make it. He goes along with it to avoid embarrassment.[48][49]

Series 4 (2007)

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
19 1 "Sophie's Parents" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 13 April 2007 (2007-04-13)
Mark's doubts over his proposal of marriage to Sophie continue whilst he and Jez visit Sophie's parents for her birthday. Jez realises he was only brought along as company for Sophie's annoying, needy younger brother Jamie. Later, Sophie's mother seduces Jez, which horrifies Mark. Mark accidentally lets Sophie's father, Ian, hear of his lack of love for Sophie. Ian makes Mark promise to cancel the wedding, and then takes his revenge on another man with whom he believes his wife has been unfaithful, by burning down his barn. Mark changes his mind about Sophie when she is given her late grandmother's house as a birthday present. Ian tries to make Mark tell the truth, but no-one believes him. Mark and Jez then tell the family that it was Ian who burned the barn down. Ian leaves in disgrace while Jamie tries to go back to London with Jez and Mark.[50][51]
20 2 "Conference" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 20 April 2007 (2007-04-20)
Mark is placed in charge of a departmental merger, while Jez tries to make some quick money by pimping out Big Suze to Johnson for £530. When Jez suggests that she have sex with Johnson for money, she rejects that idea and becomes upset. When Jez goes to Big Suze's house, he finds that she's now sexually involved with Johnson. Mark, Sophie, their colleague Gerard and Johnson go to Kettering for a JLB conference. Big Suze accompanies Johnson and Jez turns up to pursue Big Suze. Mark, Gerard, Johnson and Big Suze go to a lapdancing club. At the hotel, Sophie tells Jez that she's only had sex with four men, surprising Jez, who has had sex with more men than she has. After insulting his entire team of helpers for failing to come up with a plan, Mark realises that he has nothing to present to the JLB board. Mark decides to take Jez's advice and run away, but then bumps into Sophie. Upon Sophie's advice, he returns to face the truth, but it becomes a disaster as he recommends JLB Credit move into humanitarian work and claims that he is dying. Johnson reassures the members of the board by claiming that Mark will be dead within a month.[52][53] First appearance of Gerrard
21 3 "Gym" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 27 April 2007 (2007-04-27)
In order to avoid spending time with Sophie, Mark joins a gym. Whilst there, he discovers that Jez's estranged wife Nancy is working at the same gym. Mark tells Jez about Nancy, and Jez then becomes desperate to get back together with her. He decides to take a job as a cleaner at the gym and sets about stopping her from dating Mark's personal trainer Matt. Sophie worries about not seeing enough of Mark and decides to join the gym as well. However, as Mark has told Matt about not loving Sophie, he and Jez decide to try to get him fired so they can both be happy. They succeed after telling the manager that Matt defecated in the swimming pool and touched Mark's penis. He is sacked, but Mark and Jez later seen him during a judo class. Mark and Jez try and protect themselves by using Sophie and Nancy as human shields. Return of Nancy.[54][55]
22 4 "Handyman" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 4 May 2007 (2007-05-04)
Jez meets his hero, techno musician Russell "The Orgazoid". He ends up working as his handyman, which leads Mark to become suspicious, as it seems that Jez's job consists of making smoothies for him. Mark invites Sophie to his school reunion. She rejects his suggestion because she's going to Frankfurt with Jeff and some other colleagues to attend a meeting. Mark goes with Jez and meets Sally, one of the few girls at school who liked him. However, she is married to Foz, one of Mark's school tormentors. Mark decides to try to seduce Sally while Sophie is away. Mark discovers that Jez is literally a "handyman", having to give the Orgazoid handjobs. He quits the job, with Super Hans taking the position - until he finds out what the job involves. Mark takes Sally to the Orgazoid's house - pretending that it's his house and that Jez works for him, in order to impress Sally. She tries to seduce Mark, but Foz has followed Sally there. Mark hides in the cupboard and Foz finds him there. Foz leaves, taking Sally with him.[56][57]
23 5 "Holiday" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 11 May 2007 (2007-05-11)
Sophie takes Mark to couples counselling. He walks out after she tells the counsellor that he's not satisfying her sexually. Jez takes Mark on a stag weekend on a rented canal boat. They go to a pub, where they meet two sisters, Aurora and Lucy (played by Cara Horgan and Katy Brand), and their father. Jez wants to have sex with Aurora while Lucy becomes attracted to Mark. The father offers Mark a job in India, which Mark considers as a way out of his impending marriage to Sophie. Jez accidentally kills Aurora's dog, "Mummy". When Mark discovers Mummy in his bin, they try to burn the dog but it does not burn properly and Jez puts the remains in a plastic bag. Jez brings it to Aurora's boat. Pretending it is turkey, he starts to eat Mummy. Aurora discovers Mummy's collar amongst the remains, so Jez and Mark flee the boat.[58][59]
24 6 "Wedding" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 18 May 2007 (2007-05-18)
It is Mark's wedding day, but he is torn about whether he should go through with it or not. Jez tries to discourage him, but Mark decides to continue. Super Hans vomits in Mark's hat and shoes, having taken too many drugs the night before. On the way to the church, Nancy phones Jez to tell him she is coming to the wedding as well. Mark tries to avoid the wedding by getting run over or provoking a stranger into beating him up. At the church, Mark hides upstairs while he tries to make up his mind about whether or not to marry Sophie. Jez wants to go to the toilet but Mark refuses to let him do so. He then wets himself and his urine goes through the floorboards and leaks through to the ground floor where Sophie and the wedding guests are. Sophie and Mark marry whilst miserable. On the way to the reception, Sophie breaks down and runs away. Jez discovers that Super Hans and Nancy have come, and are embracing each other on a bench outside the church. Last appearance of Nancy.[60][61]

Series 5 (2008)

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25 1 "Burgling" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 2 May 2008 (2008-05-02)
Jez persuades Mark to join him on a double date with Toni's sister, Paula. However, the dates go badly. Paula tells Jez that she has chlamydia and that he may have infected other women he has had sex with. Mark's date turns out to have a love of history, which leads him to believe that she is "the one". When Mark and Jez return home from a boring play (Lust's Dominion), they find that their flat has been burgled. Next week, Mark and Jez both go out on dates again, but Mark is stood up. Jez dines with Big Suze, but when she tells him that she is no longer with Johnson, Jez decides not to mention the chlamydia. Mark bumps into his date on the way back and invites her to the flat. Upon arrival, he discovers the burglar, stops him and locks him outside on the flat's balcony. However, the burglar rings his friends. When they arrive, Jez lets him out, only for the burglar and his friends to threaten him with burgling the flat again if Jez doesn't give them his television. (One of the burglar's friends, who swears at Mark and calls him "clean shirt" as he walks out with the TV, is the same character - played by the same actor - who used to confront Mark in the first episode with the same insult.) The burglars leave and Mark gets his revenge by telling Big Suze about Jez's chlamydia. Suze leaves and Jez tries to follow, but Mark restrains him. Mark's date leaves, expressing her dislike for him.[62][63]
26 2 "Spin War" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 9 May 2008 (2008-05-09)
Sophie's cousin Barney tells Jez that she is going back to work three weeks early and gives Jez some music CDs he has worked on. Mark tries to deflect the bad image that has arisen around him since the relationship failed, but the only ones who take Mark's side are Johnson (who suspends Sophie when she goes too far) and a female IT worker called Dobby (played by Isy Suttie), who moves between different branches of JLB. They dry hump in the stationery cupboard, but Mark tries to resist her because he's scared that he'll be treated worse by his colleagues if he starts a new relationship at work. After listening to the CDs, Jez and Super Hans decide to form a band with Barney so that they can get him to play the music while they make all the money. Jez's band get a gig at a venue called The Fuck Bunker, but it ends badly when Barney locks himself in the toilet after administering oral sex to Super Hans while in a k-hole. Mark and Dobby go to the ladies' toilets in order to have sex, but discover Sophie is also in there, vomiting. When it is revealed that Mark and Sophie are married, Dobby leaves and Mark helps Sophie out to her father's Ian's car. Ian is angry when Jez says that Barney sucked Super Hans off. First appearance of Dobby.[64][65]
27 3 "Jeremy's Broke" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 16 May 2008 (2008-05-16)
Jez finally uses up the last of the money his mother gave him, resulting in his being forced to find money from somewhere else. Jez donates sperm amongst other things but he cannot earn enough cash. Mark goes speed dating and meets a histrionic young Australian woman called Saz and she stays at his place and leeches off him. He wants a relationship with her, although it is clear that they are not suited. To make things worse, Sophie arrives to deal with their break-up, and believes that Mark has used Saz to make her feel jealous. When Mark decides to keep allowing Saz to stay at the flat, at least up until his birthday party, Jez leaves. Jez goes to Big Suze for shelter, but she's back with Johnson and won't let him stay there. Jez steals Johnson's credit card from Big Suze's house. When Jez arrives at the party, he discovers Johnson has found out about the credit card and Mark agrees to pay him back. Things get even worse for Mark when Saz leaves him for Jeff, and Sophie and Dobby are dancing with other men.[66][67]
28 4 "Jeremy's Mummy" Becky Martin Simon Blackwell 23 May 2008 (2008-05-23)
Jez's aunt dies, leaving him a possible inheritance of £20,000 - half of her estate - and he finds a gun among her belongings. Jez's mother comes with her new boyfriend Martin. It's clear that Jez dislikes his mother and Martin, although Mark respects Martin's military past and hopes to write his memoirs. Mark tries to impress Martin and his daughter, but she ends up having sex with Mark while he is asleep and continues even though he wakes and asks her to stop. Jez's mother decides to buy a property with Martin in Corfu, which halves Jez's inheritance - and she decides that the £10,000 will be controlled by Mark. Jez tells Martin about the rape and, as a result, Mark loses the chance to write the memoir.[68][69]
29 5 "Jeremy's Manager" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 30 May 2008 (2008-05-30)
Jez and Super Hans get a manager, Cally (played by Niky Wardley), to organise a gig for their new band. Jez and Cally go on a date and end up back at the flat where they have sex, but she stops him halfway for inadequately performance. The next morning, Mark meets Cally and begins to think that she is "the one". The band learns that they have been rejected a the festival they wanted to play at and will play at a Christian rock festival instead. Originally against playing at a religious festival, they decide to go to as they will be paid a lot of money. Mark tags along as a roadie, as a way of being around Cally. Later, Mark accidentally suggests to Cally that Jez should leave the band. He pretends to share her beliefs in the myths surrounding crystal skulls. This helps him in getting sex with Cally, who then tells Mark about Jez's poor sexual performance and teaches Mark how to improve his own sexual skills. The next day, Mark is forced to tell Jez he is out of the band. In response, Jez vandalises some of the contents of Cally's trailer, and Mark smashes one of the crystal skulls with a brick. After Mark leaves, Cally tells Jez he will need to play the gig because Super Hans has pulled out, having left in a drugged haze to play their original gig. When Cally enters her trailer, Jez lies and says that Mark caused all the damage. This causes Cally to angrily leave Mark and the festival; Jez ends up performing his music to an audience of just one man.[70][71]
30 6 "Mark's Women" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 6 June 2008 (2008-06-06)
Things are going well for Mark when he is promoted. When he returns to the flat, Sophie is there, high on marijuana, giving him the annulment documents. Jez is feeling depressed, as he and Super Hans make a living busking. Outside "The New Wellness Centre" operated by a mysterious new religious movement, they decide to make fun of the people inside, but instead end up joining the cult. Mark finds out that Dobby likes online gaming and live role playing, as does he, so he takes part as well. While Mark begins to think that she is "the one", and Jez begins to get deeper into the cult, Mark ends up getting drunk and having a one-night stand with Sophie. He then discovers that the condom he used has ripped. Later, when Mark is meant to be firing Sophie, she tells him that she is pregnant, so he backs out of firing her. Jez is about to leave for a compound as part of his faith, but then learns that he could be the father of Sophie's child. This causes him to leave the cult, which makes Hans angry with Mark and Jez. Mark is both angry with Jez for having sex with Sophie - but relieved that he may not be the father.[72][73]

Series 6 (2009)

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
31 1 "Jeremy at JLB" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18)
Mark uses the promotion he was given at the end of series 5 to buy a new sofa and get Jez a job at JLB Credit's call centre. Jez does well in his new job but a fire alarm causes them to flee the building. It turns out that the alarm was a hoax by Johnson to evacuate the building and tell them that everyone at JLB Credit's London branch is being made redundant. Mark decides to start a campaign group to get everyone's job back, so that he can have some money to pay for the sofa and keep seeing Dobby. It goes well, but then Mark is offered a cheque for £15,000 to end the campaign. He takes the money, but then is encouraged to break into the office building with Jez, Jeff, Dobby and Gerard. They cause havoc, but are caught in the act and Mark's money is taken away. First appearance of Elena.[74][75]
32 2 "The Test" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain[77] 25 September 2009 (2009-09-25)
Mark makes a final play for Dobby, the current object of his desires. Meanwhile, Jez meets a new love, Russian émigré Elena (played by Vera Filatova), who lives in their block of flats. Both guys are determined to impress, but each has a one-in-three chance of being the father of Sophie's baby. Mark invites Dobby - who is unaware of Sophie's pregnancy - to his flat, and Jez invites Elena there. At Jez and Mark's, Elena tells Jez that she loves DILFs, so Jez tells her that Sophie is pregnant by him. Later that night, Sophie phones him and tells him that Mark is that father. When Sophie comes to the flat, Mark, Elena and Dobby find out that Mark is the father.[76]
33 3 "Jeremy in Love" Becky Martin Simon Blackwell[78] 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)
Jez realises he is in love with Elena and resolves to be less selfish in the hope of winning her over - but Mark has reservations, and thinks he should be cautious about actually telling her how he feels. Jez tells her that he loves her and is so determined to please Elena that he goes to Hastings to buy her favourite loaf of bread. She is in trouble with her boss when the boss discovers she has downloaded porn on her computer at work, so Jez tells him that he did it. Dobby encourages Mark to become a history walk tour guide. He makes an unsuccessful start by talking about mercantile history, then makes the walk a success when he 'sells out' by switching to talking about Jack the Ripper.
34 4 "The Affair" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain[80] 9 October 2009 (2009-10-09)
Mark discovers that Jeremy's girlfriend Elena is in a long-term relationship, when he hears her talking on her mobile phone. Her partner has been away and is moving back in with Elena. Elena doesn't want to tell Jez; she pressures Mark to tell him. Jez is initially disappointed, but is relieved when Elena tells her that her partner is a woman. Mark's former boss, Alan Johnson, offers him the chance to go into business with him. However, Mark's excitement is dampened when Alan begins to show signs of becoming mentally ill due to his fall from power at JLB. Mark gets a job as a waiter at Gail's Mexican restaurant, Banditos. Jez and Elena struggle to keep their affair secret. Big Suze isn't happy with Johnson and comes to Jez and Mark's flat. Johnson comes to the flat and Jez arrives soon later. Johnson wrongly assumes that she's having sex with Jez and so punches him. First appearance of Gail.[79]
35 5 "The Party" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 16 October 2009 (2009-10-16)
As a last desperate hurrah before the baby arrives, Mark and Jeremy decide to throw a party. Mark sees it as his final opportunity to reignite his relationship with Dobby, while Jeremy imagines it's a chance to make Elena insanely jealous. But as the evening proceeds, it all becomes a bit of an emotional roller-coaster.[81]
36 6 "Das Boot" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 23 October 2009 (2009-10-23)
Elena and Gail's wedding is imminent, but Jeremy is busy plotting how to get rid of Gail and win Elena back. Meanwhile, Mark, although conflicted about becoming a father, is worried that Jeff is becoming a potential rival dad. Much to Sophie's delight, Mark decides to learn to drive so that he can take her to the hospital when the baby arrives, but learning to drive does not prove that easy. Last appearance of Elena.

Series 7 (2010)

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37 1 "St Hospitals" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 26 November 2010 (2010-11-26)
Having arrived at the hospital, Sophie prepares to give birth to Mark's child. Until Sophie relents to be anaesthetised, Mark tries to avoid her and come to terms with being a father. Elsewhere in the hospital, Jeremy meets Zahra whose boyfriend is in a coma. First appearance of Zahra and Ben.
38 2 "Man Jam" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03)
With Dobby and Simon going out, Mark and Gerard become allies, 'relationship commandos', in order to break them up; however, their pact is strained when Dobby is once again single, and they must compete again over who gets 'dibs on Dobs'. Zahra's boyfriend, having recovered, gives Jeremy a job in his music business. Jeremy tries to use his position to get Superhans a record deal in return for a place in the band. First appearance of Simon.
39 3 "A Beautiful Mind" Becky Martin Simon Blackwell 10 December 2010 (2010-12-10)
In a bid to win over Zahra, Jeremy plays the intellectual, and offers to hold her book group in his flat. Having difficulty reading Wuthering Heights, Jez makes a deal with Mark. Mark, worried about his performance in bed with Dobby and stressed from his job as a waiter at Gail's Mexican restaurant, wants Jez's money to spend on Dobby and secure their new relationship.
40 4 "Nether Zone" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17)
Mark picks Jeremy up from Zahra's flat on the way to Mark's son's christening. After getting themselves locked in the Nether Zone, between the flat and the front door, Mark and Jez argue over their strategy of escape. Last appearance of Ian Chapman and Ben.
41 5 "Seasonal Beatings" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 24 December 2010 (2010-12-24)
Mark seeks to assert himself before his family by hosting Christmas dinner. Dobby and Superhans unexpectedly come for dinner, turning inevitable tensions into confrontation between everyone and Mark's father. Dobby leaves early when Mark doesn't immediately stand up for her.
42 6 "New Year's Eve" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 29 December 2010 (2010-12-29)
After Dobby stormed out at Christmas, Mark crosses the city, seeking to make up with her on New Year's Eve. Eventually she agrees to move in with him. Jeremy makes sexual hand gestures at Superhans' girlfriend, which ruins his domestic possibilities with Zahra, who has just broken up with Ben, and finds himself without long-term living arrangements. Last appearance of Zahra and Big Suze.

Series 8 (2012)

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43 1 "Jeremy Therapised" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 25 November 2012 (2012-11-25)
Mark has asked Dobby to move in with him, and Jeremy is faced with the prospect of moving out to make way. But Jeremy has been dragging his heels and Mark is increasingly worried that Dobby will move in with his rival, Gerrard, who in illness has become dependent on her company. Last appearance of Gerrard.
44 2 "Business Secrets of the Pharaohs" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 2 December 2012 (2012-12-02)
Mark gets a lucky break when his book, 'Business Secrets of the Pharaohs', is accepted by a 'publisher', who turns out to be a fraudulent vanity publisher. Jeremy, in an attempt to kick-start his career, enrolls on a life-coaching course.
45 3 "The Love Bunker" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 9 December 2012 (2012-12-09)
Simon, Dobby's ex-boyfriend, invites Mark, Dobby, Jeremy and Superhans to join him and his friends for a paintballing weekend. Mark is convinced that Simon is using the weekend as a cover to get back with Dobby, and Jeremy is convinced he can life coach Neil, Simon's best friend. Jeremy and Superhans blitz the "hat game" of naming bands while Mark can't think of any bands apart from the Beatles and Snow Patrol. Mark and Superhans hide out during paintball while Neil melts down after following Jeremy's flawed life coaching. Superhans launches a desperate attack on the yellow team while Jeremy reveals his feelings for Dobby.
46 4 "Big Mad Andy" Becky Martin Simon Blackwell[82] 16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)
Jeremy finally agrees to leave the flat and move in with Superhans. Mark employs a decorator, Andy, played by Liam Noble, to repaint the kitchen, and Jeremy helps out by giving him free 'life-coaching' advice. Meanwhile, Mark enrolls on a business studies evening course and meets Stephanie (played by Josephine Butler), an attractive older woman.
47 5 "Chairman Mark" Becky Martin Tom Basden[83] 23 December 2012 (2012-12-23)
Jeremy, desperate to avoid living with Superhans, sparks up an old relationship with Mark's sister Sarah, and moves in with her and her five-year-old son, Joshy. Mark, meanwhile, in an attempt to deal with a damp patch on his bedroom wall, launches a campaign to be elected chairman of the freehold committee of Apollo House. Last appearance of Sarah and Gail.
48 6 "Quantocking II" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain[84] 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
Dobby is offered a job in New York by ex-boyfriend Simon. Uncertain about the offer, Dobby suggests that she and Mark spend a weekend in the country. The perfect time, as far as Jeremy is concerned, to get a few things off his chest.

Series 9 (2015)

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49 1 "The William Morris Years" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 11 November 2015 (2015-11-11)
Mark and Jeremy meet for the first time in six months since the end of the previous series to attend the stag do for a newly sober Super Hans. Jeremy finds it difficult to apologize to Mark, and trouble is brewing between Jeremy and Jerry, Mark's new roommate. First appearance of Megan
50 2 "Gregory's Beard" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 18 November 2015 (2015-11-18)
Super Hans asks Mark to be the Best Man for his wedding. Dobby returns to attend the wedding and brings with her Gregory, her American boyfriend. Jeremy explores his sexuality further with Megan's boyfriend, Joe. First appearance of Joe and last appearance of Dobby
51 3 "Threeism" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 25 November 2015 (2015-11-25)
Mark tries to rekindle his relationship with April, but to his chagrin he finds out that she is already married, and he proceeds to sabotage it. Jeremy, Joe and Megan try out an open relationship (threeism) to address Joe's philandry. First appearance of Angus
52 4 "Mole-Mapping" Becky Martin Jon Brown 2 December 2015 (2015-12-02)
Joe starts growing suspicious about Jeremy's success in life. Mark continues in his attempts to sabotage the marriage of April and Angus, and achieves limited success. Jeremy participates in a shady scheme with Hans and Pub Man Wadey to get some extra cash.
53 5 "Kid Cave" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 9 December 2015 (2015-12-09)
Jeremy and Hans publish their first track on a football video on YouTube, but they disagree of the authorship of the lyrics. Mark takes his kid Ian for playtime in the Kid Kave, and tries to balance between miserable stability with Sophie, or a potential relationship with April. Last appearance of Sophie
54 6 "Are We Going To Be Alright?" Becky Martin Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
Jeremy turns 40. Mark makes a desperate attempt to nab April from her husband. Last appearance of Mark, Jeremy, Super Hans, Jeff, Alan Johnson, April, Megan, Joe and Angus


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