17 November 2019 15:19
"I think it was Time Magazine, last year ran a list of the hundred best things about America and marshmallow peeps I think made 97? People use it for the texture, they use it for the pastel colors, and a lot of the objects, if you look at them, you wouldn't even know they were made of peeps." THE day Peep Show fans have been eagerly awaiting for years is finally here... Yes, the Everton man will celebrate his 30th birthday today, meaning, Jez, your cheque is in the post. Three-O Walcott day arrives at last for Peep Show fans – cheque's in post, Jez The Peep Show legend famously said he always planned to make "millions" and get Mark off his back by selling the headline to The Sun. Mark: Jeremy's planning to sell the headline 'Three-O Walcott' to a tabloid newspaper when Theo Walcott turns 30, and we've agreed not to argue whether that's a good plan. Peep Show fans have been waiting for this day since series eight was aired in 2012.
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club even hosted a special themed event on Friday to celebrate Three-O Walcott. If you start watching the first episode of Series 8 of Peep Show at roughly 11:53 this evening, Mark will say "Jeremy is planning to sell the headline 'THREE-O WALCOTT' to a tabloid newspaper when Theo Walcott turns 30" at exactly the same moment as Theo Walcott turns 30. On one level E4's new sitcom Dead Pixels isn't really sci-fi or fantasy at all – it's set in the present day, there's no futuristic tech and its characters have no out-of-the ordinary abilities. The brainchild of Jon Brown (a writer who can list Misfits, Fresh Meat and Cuban Fury on his CV), Dead Pixels started out as "Avatards", a series of short comedy "Blaps" on Channel 4's website back in 2016. Now E4 has invested in a fully blown expansion pack to turn it into a whole series about gamers obsessed with (fictional) online roleplaying game Kingdom Scrolls, which premieres on March 28, 2019.
"It felt like the comic version of this was to have characters treating the world incredibly seriously," says Brown, "but when we cut to the game it's slightly creaky and glitchy, so a character might get stuck in a rock so they can't move. These characters treat the game like it's life or death, but every time we cut to it's like they're just stood there clonking something repetitively, watching the same animation again and again." Brown also wanted to make sure his characters weren't just lazy geek stereotypes afraid of interacting with people. Though obviously that's not always true, because in terms of sitcom it's always good to have characters that have a lack of self-awareness, a kind of blind spot that they can't see." "The relationship between Meg [Alexa Davies] and her flatmate Nicky [Will Merrick] feels slightly more layered, so they're possibly secretly in love with each other but they're too emotionally stunted to try and figure out what their relationship really is. Ultimately, though, it should feel like a celebration of what it is to be a gamer. "I've spent a lot of time playing a game, Ghost Recon Wildlands," Brown reveals.
Visitors to Occoquan will judge each diorama, vote for their favorites, and enter the drawing to win a Peep Swag Bag. Start your day at Town Hall to collect a contest entry form. For more information about the Peep Show, contact the Occoquan Merchants' Guild at [email protected] Build your very own Peeps diorama and enter to win a $25 prize to spend at any Occoquan business. The community is again invited to participate in the Town of Occoquan Community Peep Contest by designing, creating, and submitting family-friendly Peep dioramas. Completed dioramas with attached entry forms must be dropped off at Town Hall between Monday, April 15, and Thursday, April 18, 2019, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to be included in the contest. Free on-street and public lot parking is available in town during the Peep Show. The Peep Show is sponsored by the Occoquan Merchants' Guild. The Occoquan Community Peep Contest is sponsored by the Town of Occoquan. If you're reading this, I'd imagine you watch a lot of Peep Show. Though it began over 15 years ago, Peep Show is still the only show to reveal dating life in British cities in all its awkwardness and banality, set to a soundtrack of every dark intrusive thought you've ever had. Unlike expressing your passion for "coffee" and "travel" on Tinder, saying you like Peep Show communicates an entire set of personality traits to your future beloved. It says, "My Mark side means I'm deeply repressed and sometimes wonder if it'd be easier to be locked in a secure compound, and the Jez part fantasises about threesomes, but if I ever actually have one I'll probably cry the whole way through." He's also thinking about creating a Peep Show matchmaking service through the Dobby Club platform. Perhaps it's the thoughts one has while watching Mark try to navigate literally any romantic scenario – 'I'm bad at dating, but at least I'm not that bad' – that really hooks in devoted single fans of the show; there's something very "dating app-culture" in wanting to wallow in the tragedy of how shit it all is, as I have done at length for this very website. Equally, Jeremy's shit attempts at free love also entirely capture modern disposable dating culture. After coming out as bisexual last year, I found Peep Show to be one of the few TV programmes that actually presented the discovery of a fluid sexuality in a way that wasn't linked to being a murderer, or a twee coming-of-age storyline. Though Jeremy's sexuality is never explicitly stated, he sleeps with both men and women, and goes through the same existential crisis many bi people have as he addresses his feelings for season nine's Joe: "Do I love Joe? For people on the queer spectrum who don't understand their place on it, hearing the "what am I?" stream of consciousness in an unglamorous sitcom is somehow a lot more validating than it would be in a glorious LGBT arthouse movie. Though less of a "24/7 blowjob bonanza", Mark's bisexual moment, questioning his love for Johnson, is one of genderqueer Peep Show fan Danny Cash's favourite moments from the programme. "I identify with Mark on that – feeling really scared, and not knowing if it was OK to be bisexual. Even as a grown man, Mark is still questioning his sexuality," says Danny. People often talk about confused queer teenagers experimenting, but Mark is doing that as an adult. Mark and Jeremy never get their happy romantic endings. Peep Show is both about wanting to be loved for the freak you are, and accepting that that might never happen.