Which Character From “Peep Show” Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Character From “Peep Show” Are You?
Image: Channel 4

About This Quiz

"Peep Show" was a new take on the traditional sitcom. It had the feel of a single-camera, location-shot television show, and much of the unique perspective of the show was owed to the two protagonists' constant internal monologues, giving the audience context any other programme would express as forced dialog. The stars of "Peep Show" were reflections of life in one's 20s; one, a hard-working urban professional, eager to find his place in the world, the other a slacker, looking to get ahead without working at all. Both protagonists, Mark and Jez, shared similar motivations, but they also have very different perspectives and priorities.

The worlds occupied by Mark and Jez are, likewise, very different. This becomes fertile ground for comedy when Jez crosses over into Mark's work life, and when Mark tries to have a good time with Jez and his friends. Jez may be lazy, but he is very cool, and his strange friends swing back and forth between being unpredictable messes, and unqualified successes. In a narrative about expectations and what sort of ordered world the protagonists think they live in, these variables turn plans into chaos, and chaos into cringing, while laughing. Everyone sees some part of themselves in the show's cast. Who do you think you are?

1 Xmas What's your idea of a lighthearted practical joke?
Rename someone in my address book, so when I send group emails, everyone sees their name listed as "Sad Idiot."
Leave them a funny drawing, like a doodle of a scene from the French Revolution.
Lie about ruining Christmas.
Invite someone to a party without telling them the dress code.

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2 Art Collection If you were trying it on with a romantic interest, what might you use as your conversational entry point?
I'd offer to show them my art collection.
I'd probably talk about something everyone finds interesting, like Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
I'd say how cool the environment is and imply that thus, I am cool.
I'd ask about what music they listen to.

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3 Role Playing Would you consider joining a role-playing game club that required you to dress up and pretend to fight in the woods?
No. I can think of something I'd rather do: nothing.
I suppose. How bad could it possibly be? I'll think of it as a historical reenactment.
What's in it for me?
Oh, no thank you. Not unless there's an amazing concert or something.

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4 BMW How do you measure your success in life?
The newness of my BMW. And my female companion.
Oh, dear. Generally, I try not to.
I prefer to measure in terms of the "waaaah" of how I feel, you know?
I look at it in terms of how close I am to my dreams.

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5 Burying Dog If you killed someone else's pet, and no one else yet knew, what would you do about it?
Throw it in the trash. It's just meat now.
Burn the evidence.
Hide it in something, like a bag.
I would come clean and apologize.

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6 PS 6 How would you react to someone breaking a social rule that you deem sacrosanct?
I would use every leverage I had to destroy them.
I would stew about it, consider confronting them, and then not.
I would make some off-colour joke about them and then hold a grudge forever.
I would be forthright about my disagreement, and if it can't be resolved, I would cut them out of my life.

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7 Farting If you accidentally did something embarrassing, like farting in a lift, how would you address the problem?
I would admonish someone less powerful than me.
I would hope no one thought it was me. Of course, they think it's me.
I would subtly look at someone as though they did it.
I would laugh about it. We're all human, after all.

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8 Dobby Do you think Dobby was a good person?
Dobby was a weak idiot, and bad.
Dobby was lovely, if a bit embarrassing. She was good. Just not saintly.
Dobby was a bit evil. Just a bit.
Dobby was fine, neither good nor bad.

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9 Arriving Late If you told someone you would arrive at a specified time, when would you actually arrive?
Exactly on time, to the second.
Slightly early, to show willing.
Whenever the universe wants me to show up, which if history is a guide, will be about a half-hour late.
A few minutes late, as everyone expects it.

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10 Wedding How do you handle the happiness of others, like when a friend gets married ... to your ex?
It's fine. I'm still better off than they are.
I'm ... happy ... for ... them ...
I'm dying inside.
It's all fine! Live and let live!

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11 Peeps Art What kind of art would you create to win the love of someone?
Something that plays into my dominance mind games
A drawing that is mad, and therefore ... zany. Right?
Music from my soul!
Something adorable and not too ornate

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12 Pyramid Scheme Would you end up in a pyramid scheme because you thought it would mean making money?
Not unless I was on top of the pyramid.
No! Under no circumstances am I getting into a pyramid scheme!
It's not a pyramid, it's a pie!
No thanks, I'm fine with money.

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13 Waitress Are you surprised when you ask for something bold, like someone's mobile number, and they actually give it to you?
No, never.
Yes, usually! I don't have very good luck in that way.
No, because I only ask for it when I know I'll get it.
I rarely have to ask, because I'm given those unbidden.

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14 Rainbow Rythms If you were invited to a dance party expecting swing dancing but it turned out the dancing style in question was a "make wild gesticulations with no format," how would you react?
I'd do it better than everyone.
I'd feel very weird about it. I'd probably try to leave.
Oh, this is for me! I'd just vibe with it.
I'd try it, and if I liked it, I'd stay.

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15 Old Classmate Would you be supportive if you ran into an old classmate who was much more successful than you?
Yes, if it meant I could get the better of them.
I would smile and be polite, but I would try to get away and forget about it.
Sure, if they'll give me something!
Of course, if they were nice.

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16 New Job Would you work hard if you worked all weekend long?
Of course, since I always do.
No, I would have to take some breaks.
No way! I would not. No thanks.
I would do my best, but I don't know!

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17 Holiday Party Which romantic gesture might you make?
Take the object of my desire on an amazing holiday.
Buy my romantic interest a nice book about Stalin.
Take the person I'm interested in someplace nice, and ... cheap.
Buy them something they couldn't otherwise afford.

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18 Broke Promise Would you go back on a promise if it helped you romantically?
Promises are for losers.
No! Never ... OK, yes.
That depends on to whom I made the promise, which is to say, yes, of course, I would.
No!

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19 Peer Pressure Would you feel bad about using peer pressure, if it caused someone you liked to be hurt?
Guilt isn't an emotion I feel.
I'd feel awful about the whole thing!
I would feel guilty, but only about the hurting, not the peer pressure.
It depends on how badly they were hurt, I think.

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20 Peep Show How do you feel about adolescents?
They're necessary, but I don't like them.
They're terrifying!
They look up to people like me for guidance.
They can be adorable. Don't you remember being one?

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21 Paper Marriage Would you be willing to marry a friend just for their paperwork?
I'd want to know what I got in return.
No. It's illegal!
Yes, I'd do it!
I don't know ... it depends on the friend.

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22 Firing What do you do with people who you deem "liabilities"?
Fire them, posthaste
Help ... them?
Try to limit the time I spend with them
No one is a liability.

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23 Stands Up How do you take it when someone stands up to you?
It's a challenge, clearly.
It's time for me to back right down.
Game on, sucker!
I suppose it would depend upon what was at stake.

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24 Security Camera If you saw something private happening on a security video feed, something you definitely aren't meant to see, would you keep watching?
Watching? I'd record it!
No. No, it's wrong.
Hell, I'd want to join in!
I might watch for a bit, depending on what's happening.

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25 Lost Dog If you had killed, incinerated and put someone's little dog in a bag, what would you do when asked what the smell was?
Their imagination!
I would say it's my new aftershave.
I would say I had purchased some barbecued goat meat.
I would say it was me because I ate something that caused me to smell this way ...

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26 Mobile Wedding Would you busy yourself with your mobile while attending a wedding ceremony?
Probably, if business is at stake. I'll pretend I was taking pictures.
No. It's not on.
Only if there was an augmented reality game with some game items located nearby
No! They have a photographer, and I want to be in the moment!

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27 Best Man Speech Can you improvise a good best man speech?
I could improvise The Queen's Speech on Christmas.
No. No, it won't go well.
Sure! The secret is just don't hold anything back!
I'd stumble through it, but it would at least be sincere.

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28 Pizza Through Door How would you, when you need to hide something in your flat, get rid of someone at your door?
Tell them to leave, snarl and close the door.
Try to entertain their questions in the doorway and come up with a reason for them to leave.
Just close the door, rudely.
Leave the flat with them.

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29 Blitzkrieg What's your comfort activity?
Sharpening my knives
Organizing my socks
Playing video games
Reading

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30 Loser Deep down, do you think you're a loser?
Quite the opposite! I'm the most dominant winner ever!
Maybe a little, on some level ...
Not in my darkest moments! Well, maybe in those ...
No, I was born ahead of the game, so well played or not, I'm no loser.

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