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The Complete League Of Gentlemen DVD


The bizarre yet critically acclaimed 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 (actually, the real name of lewd northern comic Roy Chubby Brown) 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 are 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. Most of the characters are performed by the three core members of the group, 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 to normal sitcom conventions and has a stately air of surrealism that feels like The Archers as written by playwright Eugene Ionesco. Brilliant stuff. --Leslie Felperin

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All three series and the Christmas Special of the dark BBC cult comedy. The town of Royston Vasey is populated by many strange and eccentric individuals, including 'local' shop owners Tubbs and Edward, transsexual taxi driver Barbara, incompetant vet Dr Chinnery, and the deeply sinister Papa Lazarou and his Pandemonium Carnival. Episodes from series one are: 'Welcome to Royston Vasey'; 'The Road to Royston Vasey'; 'Nightmare in Royston Vasey'; 'The Beast of Royston Vasey'; 'Love Comes to Royston Vasey' and 'Escape From Royston Vasey'. Episodes from series two are: 'Destination: Royston Vasey'; 'Lust for Royston Vasey'; 'A Plague on Royston Vasey'; 'Death in Royston Vasey'; 'Anarchy in Royston Vasey' and 'Royston Vasey and the Monster From Hell'. Episodes from series three are: 'The Lesbian and the Monkey'; 'The One-Armed Man is King'; 'Turn Again Geoff Tipps'; 'The Medusa Touch'; 'Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)' and 'How the Elephant Got its Trunk'.

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  • The Complete League Of Gentlemen
    Alan Dunsmore

    The League of gentlemen uses dark and twisted humour and is not for the faint hearted. If however you aren't excluded by the above you will love it's wicked sense of humour and get drawn in to the recurring characters such as Edward and Tubbs. It is one of the few laugh out loud till it hurts comedy series of recent times. I would have no hesitation in recommending it. Superb.

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