David Mitchell discusses ‘Peep Show’ movie: ‘It would mean the end of the TV series’

He says a film spin-off could only happen as a 'last hurrah' once the TV show is over

David Mitchell has insisted that a Peep Show movie could only happen as a “last hurrah” once the TV show has come to an end.

Mitchell and Robert Webb star as unlikely flatmates Mark and Jez in the popular sitcom, which returns for an eighth series on Channel 4 tonight (November 25). The show was created by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, who continue to write almost every episode.

When asked whether the success of The Inbetweeners Movie could push Peep Show onto the big screen, Mitchell told Shortlist: “We’ve always discussed it but we feel doing a film would mean the end of the TV series. I think if Sam and Jesse decided to stop, we might discuss a film as a last hurrah. But we’ve always felt we should keep the series going as long as possible.”

He also joked that Peep Show couldn’t get away with recycling the old ‘Brits abroad’ storyline – a popular choice for films based on TV sitcoms. Mitchell added: “A ‘Mark and Jez go to Barbados’-type thing wouldn’t really work. I don’t think Mark and Jeremy would choose to go on holiday together.”

The eighth series of Peep Show will comprise the usual six episodes, to be shown weekly on Channel 4 until December 30. A ninth series has already been commissioned and is expected to air next year (2013) to mark the show’s tenth anniversary.