The Peter Principle
Also known asThe Boss (United States)
GenreSituation comedy
Written by
Directed by
  • Terry Kinane (pilot)
  • Nick Wood (series 1-2)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Executive producerDenise O'Donoghue
ProducerDan Patterson
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHat Trick Productions
Original networkBBC One
Original release4 September 1995 (1995-09-04) –
6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)

The Peter Principle (broadcast as The Boss in the United States) is a British television sitcom. It was produced by Hat Trick Productions, and first broadcast by the BBC between 1995 and 2000 and by PBS in the United States. The series is set in the Aldbridge branch of the fictional County and Provincial Bank, featuring Jim Broadbent as the title character, its inept manager, and Claire Skinner, Daniel Flynn, Stephen Moore and David Schneider as his employees. The programme takes its name from the Peter Principle, a concept in management theory that states that workers are promoted to their level of incompetence.


Episode list

Pilot (1995)

No. Title Original air date
1"Pilot"4 September 1995 (1995-09-04)

Series 1 (1997)

No. Title Original air date
2"Sex, Lies and Videotape"2 June 1997 (1997-06-02)
3"Health Matters"9 June 1997 (1997-06-09)
4"Upwardly Mobile"16 June 1997 (1997-06-16)
5"The Midas Touch"23 June 1997 (1997-06-23)
6"Insecurity"30 June 1997 (1997-06-30)
7"Bank Hoiliday"7 July 1997 (1997-07-07)

Series 2 (2000)

No. Title Original air date
8"Un Homme et Une Femme"3 February 2000 (2000-02-03)
9"Desperately Seeking Susan"10 February 2000 (2000-02-10)
10"Greyhound Day"17 February 2000 (2000-02-17)
11"There's Something About Geoffrey"21 February 2000 (2000-02-21)
12"Truly Bradley Deeply"28 February 2000 (2000-02-28)
13"Casablanca"6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)


Exterior scenes for the series were mainly filmed in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.[citation needed]