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The League of Gentlemen THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN

Programme: The League of Gentlemen
Broadcast: 1999 - 2002   ( BBC2 )
Episodes: 19 (3 series)
Starring: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Written by: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Directed by: Steve Bendelack
Production: British Broadcasting Corporation More info

This sitcom follows the strange inhabitants of Royston Vasey, a grim, isolated Northern community. Royston Vasey is a frightening place where dark, perverted and horrifying things happen behind closed doors, strangers are certainly not welcome. The townsfolk are all odd, from the transsexual taxi driver to the wife kidnapping circus owner Papa Lazarou.

BSG Review:

"The League of Gentlemen" is very different from any other British sitcom. It's unique brand of twisted, sickening, dark humour is unlike anything else we have seen. In addition, all the parts are played by just three different actors (in varying amounts of makeup), something else no previous sitcom has tried. "The League of Gentlemen" is funny but in a very bleak, twisted way. It's un-doubtably successful; in just three series it's managed to thrust a number of classic character and catch-phrases onto the unprepared public.

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