Dr David Bolt explores disability references in cult comedy Peep ShowThursday 11 August 2016
How cult British comedy Peep Show explores the language of disability is discussed in a new journal article by Associate Professor Dr David Bolt.
Writing for Disability and Society, Dr Bolt demonstrates how the TV show – which uses irony and sarcasm to mock social convention - reveals a lot about society’s conversational references to disability.
His article Pretending to be a normal human being: Peep Show, sitcom, and the momentary invocation of disability, explores how disablist language is used in a different context to racism and sexism. The former is approached as a social norm rather than something inappropriate, effectively taking the place of ‘everyday racism’ seen in past sitcoms.
Dr Bolt commends the show’s progressive treatment of disability, stating: “…Peep Show exposes something of how and why disability is casually invoked in the day-to-day business of normative aspiration. The secrets of this normality are overtly shared and marked out as disablist, deceitful, and ultimately pointless."
Peep Show follows the lives of protagonists Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usbourne, and ran for 54 episodes that spanned more than a decade.