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Olivia Colman: 'My parents don't like Peep Show'

Olivia Colman has admitted that her parents never loved Peep Show – although they didn’t mind the swearing.

The actress stars in the Channel 4 sitcom about two flatmates with nothing in common, alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb, which is due to make a ninth and final series.

Olivia, who plays Mark Corrigan’s (Mitchell) ex Sophie Chapman, said: “Comedy does seem to be for your generation and not the older; new comedy, you own it amongst your generation, and you love it, and the next lot don’t necessarily get what you loved.

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Olivia Colman (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“We all loved, say, Fawlty Towers, but the generation above never really get the comedies for the younger ones. My parents, I don’t think they ever loved Peep Show.”

Asked if they had minded the frequent swearing in the series, she said: “I don’t know if they mind that – they’re quite sweary! But it didn’t do it for them, which is quite common. But I will be sad [when it comes to an end] – I felt like I owned it as well. It was our thing.”

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David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in Peep Show (Ian West/PA)

On whether Sophie would be back for the last series, she said: “I hope so! We’re all mates. I don’t know. They need to make the right decisions for the story.

“I suppose it’s been nice that Series 9 is there and it’s a possibility.”


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