Archive for the ‘The Guardian’ Category

“… actually she’s a bit of a div who thinks Alain de Botton is good.”

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

It’s Peep Show press season (unsurprisingly) and The Guardian had a nice piece this weekend.

It’s a Q&A type thing involving Armstrong, Bain, Mitchell & Webb and includes the following things:

“He’d definitely have voted for Labour in ’97. But, had he been able to vote, he would have voted Tory in ’87 and ’83. He’s a reed in the wind, so it might have been Lib Dem. And now he feels guilty.”

“You gave him a brilliant moment last series where it occurred to him for the first time that he might be in the 99% of deluded idiots who are not going to make it rather than the 1% of brilliant people who are.”

That link, again:

Episode 1 of series 7 in on that 4OD thing but as we are old fashioned and think a catch-up service should be for exactly that sort of thing and not premieres we’re not talking about it. Apart from this bit and the link to a thing where someone else thinks the same.

One Last Thing (but not literally)

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

“Well hello, it is I, the 88th sexiest man in the world and you, yes you, you lucky bitch, get to carve me some ham.”

Rob is this week’s One Last Thing person in The Guardian today.

Those Peep Show interviews

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

“In American sitcoms, the underlying attitude is, ‘everything’s OK’. In British sitcoms, the underlying attitude is, ‘everything’s maudlin and disappointing and inescapable’. That’s the world view of a civilisation that has been knocked off the top spot and continues to meander. I imagine American sitcoms will have a lot less hugging and learning in a hundred years’ time.”

Nice interview in The Independent today.

Also one in The Guardian:

“Well, I’m more of, an, erm sequencer. I, erm, bongo. Look I can bongo!”

That G2 Interview

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Blimey it’s all go in Mitchell and Webb fan world this week!

Guardian G2 has David on the front today. Maybe that will help me take my mind off the realfe “are we the baddies?” who certain sections of the Great British Voting Public seem to think hold the answers.
“That telly is old, but it basically completely works, and I feel immensely smug about that fact. I mean, it’s colour and everything. And it does have a remote, yes. The only feature it doesn’t have – apart from widescreen and HD and everything else – is it’s pre-Teletext. But Teletext has come and gone, so you see it doesn’t matter! Slightly to my shame,” he adds, smiling, “I do have a fax – and that’s something I could have bypassed altogether as well. Who’s buying faxes now? Fools!”

“There’s lots of famous comedians I get on with very well,” he says, “but I’m slightly embarrassed about broaching the ‘So, shall we be friends now?’ bit. And I worry that I’ve been both over-familiar, and that I’ve been unfriendly. There are lots of comedians who I’d happily go for a pint with, but I feel a bit weird. It’s nonsensical really, because so many of my friends are people I know from doing comedy with at university. But now I feel befriending people I do comedy with is shallow, because it’s people Off The Telly talking to other people Off The Telly, as if you don’t want to talk to anyone who isn’t Off The Telly. But then,” he reasons, looking bemused, “the people I’ve always befriended are the people I’ve done comedy with.”

That Guardian Guide Article

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Numberwang guys
Mitchell & Webb are back, with new sketches and – yikes! – a highly eroticised Peep Show. Julia Raeside catches up with them…

Saturday February 16, 2008
The Guardian

Mitchell & Webb are currently entrenched in Operation Fingers in Pies: not only have they finished the second series of their Bafta-winning sketch show, they’re filming a fifth series of Peep Show and writing a book. You’d probably think this Cambridge-educated pair would have little time for daydreaming about one day becoming Doctor Who. But appearances can be deceptive…

The new series of That Mitchell & Webb Look features just two returning sketches from series one…

David Mitchell: We prioritised writing new things from the start. Sketch shows need variety.

Robert Webb: Plus, we’re easily bored.

If you could do a Morecambe & Wise-style Christmas special, which celebrities would you invite?

RW: The Queen. I don’t think we’d get her.

DM: Well, you can get the prime minister these days. Apparently, that’s not beneath the dignity of his office.

The writers of Peep Show say that the new series will be the “dating series”. Does “dating” mean “lots of embarrassing sex scenes”?

DM: Yes, but fortunately they’re a lot easier in Peep Show because of the point-of-view filming thing. All you see is faces.

RW: Yes, a very nice cameraman called Nick Martin bounces up and down on top of you politely.

Can you see Peep Show going on beyond a fifth series?

RW: We always assume it’s the last one. But I think all four of us [Mitchell, Webb and writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong] want to carry on as long as people will let us. I think the older our characters get, the more desperate they get and the higher the stakes really.

DM: And when it finally does get axed, 10 years down the line we’ve got a potential commission for…

RW: …Whatever Happened To The Boys From Peep Show?

You’ve a book out in 2009, too…

DM: We want it to be about how to cope with modern life.

RW: Yeah, articles about how to cope with a racist taxi driver…

DM: …or a party where no one knows you.

So now there are two David Mitchells in the publishing industry?

DM: I’m annoyed that this other guy exists. Occasionally people ask me to do a quote for a book. I’ve decided from now on to give grim, vulgar quotes which people might then attribute to him. “Ooh, I’m surprised that rather sensitive novelist said that thing about tits.”

Where do you keep your Bafta awards? Is it the toilet?

RW: The toilet is a double bluff. It’s like, “I’m so modest I keep it in the toilet” – the one room where it’s guaranteed everyone will see it.

DM: If it was in my toilet it would have to be on the floor where piss-splatter could get on it. I have more respect for it than that. I mean, I kiss it good night.

RW: I’ve got a Bafta pillowcase and a Bafta duvet. We’re just really into Bafta now. We’re always hanging out there. See you at Bafta!

You’re film stars, too. Rob, did your family see your big part as a naturist in Confetti?

RW: I’m very embarrassed to say my grandfather’s watched Confetti several times because it’s been going round on a loop.

Is he unable to change channel?

RW: Yes, he’s trapped in front of the TV and he can’t move. Because he can’t walk! I actually went to see it myself. It’s the only time I’ve ever been to see a film slightly in disguise – a hat and sunglasses. There were only a couple of other people there, but you don’t want to be recognised going to watch yourself naked in a film.

And David, you made a film with Michelle Pfeiffer. Did she liquify you with her white-hot sexuality?

DM: She was very pleasant, polite and quiet. I was just sort of freaked out by it. Suddenly you’re doing a scene with Michelle Pfeiffer, then just as quickly this odd thing stops happening and life goes back to normal. Odd.

Your faces have been on massive posters. Was that uncomfortable?

RW: When the Mac ad campaign was in full swing, I quickened my pace as I went past certain bus stops. My wife told me that she loyally took a piece of chewing gum off my nose once.

Why do you think you two hit it off at Cambridge?

RW: I think we laugh at the same things and make each other laugh. And we’re not temperamentally all that different.

Life been quite pleasant for you so far, with all the money and praise…

RW: I’m delighted. But if I told my 18-year-old self that one day I’d have a sitcom and a sketch show on TV, I think he’d just drum his fingers and go, “When? How long is that going to take?” “Well, when you’re 35.” “When I’m 30 fucking what?”

What’s your idea of TV hell?

RW: Mine would be a Jeremy Kyle-type show. Where people who are having a bad time are encouraged to shout and cry on television.

DM: But to be honest, if I watched it, I’d get into it.


DM: Well, Trisha maybe. I’m not sure about Jeremy Kyle because he is so odious.

And your favourite shows?

DM: The Simpsons and Inspector Morse.

RW: The West Wing and Doctor Who.

Do either of you fancy being Doctor Who?

RW: I’d kill to be Doctor Who. Maybe they could make the Doctor two people? He has got two hearts after all.

DM: No. I think either of us would happily play the role – alone.

RW: Just to make sure the other one didn’t get it.

DM: And then refuse to regenerate.

ยท That Mitchell & Webb Look, Thu, 9pm, BBC2