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Comfort Classic: Peep Show

To create a successful sitcom is one of the most difficult tasks in the TV firmament. To create a successful British sitcom that survives for 12 years, nine series and 54 episodes is staggering.

Unlike in the US, producers rarely have writers rooms on this side of the Atlantic, where teams of wordsmiths endlessly hone scripts to keep a show up and running. Remember, Fawlty Towers closed its doors after just two six-part series.

This week's best on demand TV

Catastrophe (Credit: Channel 4)

1. Catastrophe

Available on All4

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's acerbic comedy about a couple who get pregnant after a one-week-stand was one of this year's funniest new sitcoms. The second series has just started on Channel 4, and it's just as sharp, vulgar, and uproariously funny as the first. In the opening two episodes, the pair are adjusting to family life - and try to rekindle their romance with an ill-fated minibreak to Paris.

 

Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak to present Channel 4 news spoof

Fonejacker writer and star Kayvan Novak has been commissioned to present spoof news bulletins under the working title Britain Today, Tonight.

The comedian will be disguised as a range of personalities including politicians and an American news anchor. He will also spend part of the new show winding up members of the public and pulling pranks on celebrities and politicians.

Peep Show final series to air in November

Robert Webb and David Mitchell (Credit: Channel 4)

Channel 4 has announced that the ninth and final season of Peep Show will begin on Wednesday 11 November at 10pm.

The critically-acclaimed comedy is a standout favourite, and stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb as Croydon flatmates Mark and Jez. It has won a spate of awards, including Baftas and a Royal Television Society Award for writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.