The League of Gentlemen – Christmas Special [VHS]

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A Gothic-comedy masterpiece, The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special is a horrific anthology of three related stories, all set in Royston Vasey, which takes its inspiration as much from the writings..read more

A Gothic-comedy masterpiece, The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special is a horrific anthology of three related stories, all set in Royston Vasey, which takes its inspiration as much from the writings of MR James and Edgar Allan Poe as the low-budget Hammer and Amicus shockers that the team parody so affectionately,
The stories are all linked by the Dickensian device of Reverend Bernice receiving unexpected guests on Christmas Eve : the first concerns troubled married couple Charlie and Stella becoming unwittingly involved in voodoo and witchcraft; the second features the horrendous Herr Lipp in a Nosferatu skit that reveals the terrible truth about what really goes on in Duisburg; while the third, and best, tells of the horrible hereditary curse that afflicted Dr Chinnery’s great-grandfather,
This one-off special distils all the League’s penchant for disturbing, twisted characterisation and macabre humour into a single hour; the result is one of the most daring “comedies” ever seen on British TV,

On the DVD : The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special on disc contains the hour-long main feature accompanied by a diverse and entertaining array of extras,
There’s another illuminating group commentary; a 20-minute documentary “Tales from Behind the Crypt”, in which we get to see excerpts from the team’s first ensemble effort, “Highgate House of Horror”; a chat with composer Jody Talbot; and the League themselves “In Conversation” with Paul Jackson in the complete Radio 4 broadcast,
A selection of out-takes, extended scenes, character biographies and a photo gallery are all worthwhile, but best of all is a Jackanory special with Mark Gatiss as the Victorian Dr Chinnery telling the Gothic tale of “The Curse of the Karrit Poor”, a spot-on Arthur Conan Doyle spoof,
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  • Actor:Mark Gatiss
  • Actor:Steve Pemberton
  • Actor:Reece Shearsmith
  • Actor:Jeremy Dyson
  • Actor:Paul Hays-Marshall
  • AudienceRating:Suitable for 15 years and over
  • Binding:VHS Tape
  • Creator:Mark Gatiss
  • Creator:Steve Pemberton
  • Creator:Peter Edwards
  • EAN:5014503737825
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  • Label:BBC
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  • Manufacturer:BBC
  • NumberOfDiscs:1
  • NumberOfItems:1
  • ProductGroup:Video
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_VIDEO
  • Publisher:BBC
  • ReleaseDate:2002-11-25
  • SKU:17837
  • Studio:BBC
  • Title:The League of Gentlemen – Christmas Special [VHS] [1999]
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