The League Of Gentlemen – The Entire First Series

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Critically acclaimed and rapidly breeding a cult following, the bizarre BBC television series The League of Gentlemen is to sitcoms like The Good Life or even Friends what David Lynch's films are to F..read more

Critically acclaimed and rapidly breeding a cult following, the bizarre BBC television series The League of Gentlemen is to sitcoms like The Good Life or even Friends what David Lynch’s films are to Frank Capra movies,
Instead of the usual one-family-in-suburbia or group-of-pals set up, Gentlemen centres on the whole town of Royston Vasey,
A Northern village of, to say the least, eccentric characters, the weird people of Royston Vasey look like they’ve been intermarrying for too long and are suffering from a particularly demented variety of xenophobia that drives them to extremes of tetchiness and psychosis,
There’s the local shopkeepers Edward and Tubbs, who go to murderous lengths to ensure their shop remains for local people only; the Denton family, toad-breeders obsessed with maintaining their household rituals at all costs; inept veterinary surgeon Dr Chinnery, who’s never yet saved a patient; Barbara, the local transsexual taxi driver (one of the show’s more well adjusted characters); Pauline the demonic Restart Officer at the local Job Centre; and Lance, the sadistic owner of Lance’s Joke Shop which sells poisonous sweets and the ever-popular finger in a matchbox (with a real finger), among many others,

Slow to start at first, the show really gets into its stride by the sixth episode when events start to tie up and take a turn so fiendishly complicated, there’s no point in even trying to explain it all,
Most of the characters are performed by three of the four core members of the group–Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (co-writer Jeremy Dyson doesn’t actually perform on stage), sporting a disturbing variety of prosthetic demi-masks and latex make-up–who started the concept off with a stage show and then transferred it to radio before taking it on TV, which may explain why The League of Gentlemen seems blithely oblivious of normal sitcom conventions and has a stately air of surrealism that feels like The Archers as written by playwright Eugene Ionesco,
It’s brilliant stuff,
Leslie Felperin

  • 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:5014503693824
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  • Label:BBC
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  • Manufacturer:BBC
  • NumberOfDiscs:1
  • NumberOfItems:1
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  • ProductGroup:Video
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_VIDEO
  • Publisher:BBC
  • ReleaseDate:2000-10-09
  • SKU:mon0000112384
  • Studio:BBC
  • Title:The League Of Gentlemen – The Entire First Series [VHS] [1999]
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