The Peter Serafinowicz Show

The Peter Serafinowicz Show

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Created by Peter Serafinowicz
James Serafinowicz
Starring Peter Serafinowicz
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Objective Productions
Distributor All3Media
Original network BBC Two
Original release 4 October 2007 – 23 December 2008
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The Peter Serafinowicz Show is a BBC Two comedy sketch show written by and starring Peter Serafinowicz. The first series started on 4 October 2007 at 21:30 as part of the newly launched "Thursdays Are Funny" brand on BBC2 and Thursdays on ABC2. On 1 August 2008, American cable network G4 began broadcasting the show as part of their "Duty Free TV" block of international programming.

On 13 December 2008, a 45-minute compilation episode, The Peter Serafinowicz Show: Best Of aired on BBC Two. Serafinowicz impersonated Terry Wogan to host the episode. Although the series it was culled from was aired without a laughter track, the audience reactions, which had been recorded at the time on all six shows but not used, were utilised on the clips in this special, presumably to establish continuity with the subsequent Christmas special, itself being broadcast with a complete laughter track. Serafinowicz and his brother James, believed the show would have been successful with the laugh track but ultimately decided not to use it to avoid ruining the jokes though some sketches used them to mock television programs.

One series has been made so far; the BBC has since decided not to produce a second series.[1] A Christmas Special was aired on 23 December 2008. Sketches from the special have been released online and include Mactini and iToilet.


The show was commissioned after Serafinowicz posted O! News, a parody of E! News, on YouTube, under the name "Immenstrides".[2] Robert Popper, who co-wrote, and co-starred in, both seasons of Look Around You with Serafinowicz, co-wrote four episodes of The Peter Serafinowicz Show and was a programme consultant for the entire series.


The show is a mixture of sketches based on parodies of British television, using Serafinowicz's and other actors' impressions of notable television personalities. Examples include Heads or Tails, which is a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, using the same mannerisms as Chris Tarrant. (Channel Five later created a real show based on the same principles.)

In addition to Serafinowicz, recurring castmembers include Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Catherine Shepherd, Paul Putner, Alex Lowe, Bronagh Gallagher and Benedict Wong. Robert Popper, Sanjeev Kohli and Matt Berry also made onscreen appearances.


Episode Airdate Ratings Audience share
1 4 October 2007 1.5 million 7%
2 11 October 2007 1 million 5%
3 18 October 2007 800,000 4%
4 25 October 2007 900,000 5%
5 1 November 2007 900,000 4%
6 8 November 2007 800,000 Unknown[3]


The show was cancelled after its first series by the BBC.[1] Serafinowicz posted a mock BBC News interview on YouTube stating he was leaving of his own accord due to being "unhappy with the BBC's decision to not recommission the series."

The series was released on DVD on 1 February 2010.

Recurring characters and sketches


For his performances in this series, Serafinowicz was awarded the Best Entertainer prize at the 2008 Rose d'Or ceremony.[5]

The series was also nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards.[6]

Home Media

The series 1 DVD was released on 1 February 2010.


  1. 1 2 "Twitter / Peter Serafinowicz: We didn't get a 2nd series". 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. "Press Office - The Peter Serafinowicz Show press pack". BBC. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  3. Tara Conlan (9 November 2007). "TV ratings: November 8 | Media |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  4. "'Peter Serafinowicz Exclusive Q&A « Peter Serafinowicz'". Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  5. "Rose d'Or Winners 2008" (PDF). Rose d'Or AG. 2008-05-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-07.
  6. "Television Awards Nominations in 2009". BAFTA. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
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